To every student, colleague, and friend who asks me for advice about their academic, career, and overall life path, at some point I inevitably suggest “informational interviewing.” Most of the time people respond with a look that suggests I’ve grown another head. To me, it is essential. And here’s why:
For many years, as a dean at three Ivy League colleges and now as an AVP at a university with an extraordinary mission, I have had a front row seat to the obstacles to success that college students and their parents confront every year. Even at so-called elite, highly selective colleges such as Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia, where I spent some of my career, students struggle on a daily basis to remain healthy, happy, grounded, and to stay in school. I am dedicated to helping them.