“Don’t tell us what you think we want to hear” and “Be yourself” are two pieces of advice The University of Texas at Austin gives about college-application essays. (Photo: The University of Texas at Austin)

Applying to College

December 2014

How to survive the process

I confess: When my son was 18 months old, I sent him to a nursery school that required an interview – with him – as part of the admissions process. Word on the parents’ benches at the playground was that the school was a “Baby Ivy” (we were in Manhattan), a “feeder school” for good …

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Music and beer
The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra will celebrate 2015 with craft beer and traditional beer-hall music at its annual Beer and Brass event at Saint Arnold Brewing Company on Jan. 8. Craft beers brewed by St. Arnold will pair with ROCO’s brass quintet, performing selections arranged by violist Lorento Golofeev. ROCO strings and percussion will add to …

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In This Issue

  • Santa for a Day: Project Santa 2014
  • Rumor Has It – December 2014
  • Neighborhood Tails – Beau, age 3
  • Mailbag – December 2014
  • Cooking Buzz – Most wonderful time of the year
  • SportzBuzz – December 2014
  • Buzz About Town – December 2014
  • Party Time
  • Keeping Traditions
  • Publisher’s Note – December 2014
  • Back Porch – Standing on (holiday) ceremony
  • This Month in Dining – Holiday wine: What Houston’s experts would like to drink
  • Travel Buzz – Life lessons in the Yucatan with Dad
  • Buzz Kidz by Martha House, age 17
  • Dogs About Town
  • Happy Hanukkah
  • SportzBuzz, Jr. – December 2014
  • Applying to College
  • Throwback Thursday: Pet of the Year Contest
  • Santa Sightings this Holiday Season
  • 2014 Tanglewood/River Oaks Buzz Pet of the Year Contest
  • Cold-weather Tips to Stay Safe and Warm
  • We are Here
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  • Holiday Spirit at St. John’s School
  • Midterm Advice from Westbury Christian Teachers
  • Q & A with Stratford’s Departing Principal, Christopher Juntti
  • Four Seasons eMotions Dance Show
  • Thankful for Thanksgiving Break
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