Parents Learn ABCs of College Admission

by L.B. Editor Feb. 5, 2015 A panelist with experience navigating college entry provided reassuring advice about an anxiety-ridden rite of passage for parents and their children at the PTA’s Coffee Break talk last week. Participants included representatives of the high school counseling department and community college, a private college counselor and author, and a private standardized test prep provider. Parents learned that Laguna Beach High School provides ample help navigating the process if they can take advantage of the annual College Round Up, which hosts more than 100 college representatives for an open-house in Dugger Gym. Additionally, nearly 90 college reps visit the school for more intimate meetings with interested students. Each student can also take advantage of an online tool, Naviance, to stay organized, take interest inventories, research colleges or enrichment programs, sign-up for meetings with visiting college reps, or standardized tests, etc. Push button for full...

Coffee Break: How to Get Into College

Kate Rogers/Coastline Pilot February 5, 2015 Getting into college can be one of the most anxiety-producing rites of passage for parents and their children. In response, PTA’s Coffee Break hosted a panel Wednesday to discuss college acceptance tips. Participants included two representatives of Laguna Beach High School’s counseling department, a local community college counseling official, a private college counselor and author, and a private provider of standardized-test preparation. Dawn Hunnicut, a college and career specialist, emphasized the value of campus visits that provide an opportunity to start a relationship with someone from one’s dream school. Read the full...

Like Mother, Like Son

Valerie Takahama / Orange Coast Magazine September, 2014 Newport Beach author Cynthia Muchnick has forged a career penning how-to books based on real-life experiences. Her first, “Will You Marry Me?,” was inspired by her husband’s marriage proposal. Now 16-year-old son Justin is following in her footsteps.   Read the Full...

5 Questions With … authors Cindy and Justin Muchnick

By Deepa Bharath / Orange County Register March 28, 2013 Cindy Muchnick and her 14-year-old son Justin say they enjoyed working together on their first book, “Straight-A Study Skills.” Justin – a graduate of Harbor Day School in Corona del Mar and freshman at Phillips Academy Andover in Boston – is no stranger to straight A’s. And Cindy Muchnick is just as familiar with writing: This is her seventh book. In an interview with The Current, mother and son share their experiences from writing the book.   Read the Full...

Mother, son team up for study skills book

By Steve Virgen / Daily Pilot March 27, 2013 Justin Muchnick likes to challenge himself to get good grades. At age 14 and away at Phillips Academy Andover school in Massachusetts he needs to live up to the challenge. Muchnick, a straight-A student, is a scholar-athlete. He went through the Corona del Mar Sharks Wrestling Club and is now a freshman varsity wrestler for PAA in the 132-pound weight class. Away from the mat, he has also wrestled with time management and test preparation. When he saw his mother, Cynthia, writing a book about studying skills it made sense for him to offer his own tips, and make some edits.   Read the Full...