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Casey Near

Casey Near is the Executive Director of Counseling at Collegewise. In 2013, she opened the first Collegewise expansion office in the Bay Area and found her true professional fit. After a year of backpacking and working around the world in 2016 (and collecting a few stories along the way), she returned to her counseling roots to work from our Newton office.

College Applications

To Send or Not? …and False Binaries in College Admission
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By Casey Near
December 3, 2020 | 5 minute read

The Myths When I speak with students, parents, and guardians about college, I’m never simply talking to the person in front of me – stay with me; I promise I’m not talking to ghosts. ...

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Testing/Test Prep

To Test or Not to Test: The August Edition
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By Casey Near
August 12, 2020 | 6 minute read

A note: One month ago, I wrote a piece about the guidance I’d give three sample high school seniors around standardized testing. With the pace of change these days, I’ll be updating my...

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Testing/Test Prep

To Test or Not to Test? A Mid-Summer Case Study
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By Casey Near
July 9, 2020 | 5 minute read

Writer’s note: this was written on July 1, 2020. If you’re reading this in the distant land of the future (even, say, August), make sure to check our most recent posts for up to date...

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Choosing a College

6 Tips For Picking A College
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By Casey Near
June 4, 2019 | 3 minute read

1. Know yourself Instead of overreaching to please others, you should take an inventory of what works well for you now. Ask yourself, "What do I really gravitate toward right now? How do I...

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College Research

Best Questions to Ask on College Visits
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By Casey Near
March 26, 2019 | 3 minute read

One of the ways to get the most out of your limited time on a college visit is to ask meaningful questions. The two most common on-campus experiences for prospective students (the college...

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Choosing a College

Debunking Myths about Women's Colleges
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By Casey Near
June 7, 2018 | 7 minute read

So, what is a women's college? Here’s the honest truth: in 2021, women’s colleges don’t have as much in common with each other as they used to. So, writing a guide that attempts to unify...

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