Author Archives: Josanne DeNatale

Levels of Joy

When Aretha Franklin performed the song, (You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman at the Kennedy Center Honors awards ceremony, the honoree, Carole King, said it “put her rungs higher on the levels of joy.” I can relate. Though I’m not able to carry a tune, I’ve been transported many times to a betterRead more

Why getting my son into the right college is not enough

For the last two months, my older son has hit the “SUBMIT” button on the Common App several times. Together, we completed the FAFSA and CSS financial disclosure forms. We are fortunate in that my son receives excellent college counseling at his high school and that he has many family mentors upon whom he canRead more

Unite Your Community of Storytellers

At a recent Brand Orientation Workshop at Keuka College, veteran staff members and current students learned about how a campus visit from Eleanor Roosevelt, back when the U.S. was on the brink of entering World War II, still inspires the Keuka College of today, especially its nursing students. Because they heard this story, they, alongRead more

We Are All Admissions Counselors

Though it was many years ago, my siblings and I were the first generation in our family to attend college. Today, as a volunteer and board member with the Horizons Student Enrichment Program, I have the privilege of being inspired by the young scholars in our city school system who are part of the HorizonsRead more