Did you miss this anniversary?

On the radio this morning, I was reminded about an important anniversary.  I bet you don’t know about it!

“But” it affects us all. 

In fact, it “touches” all of us.

What am I talking about?

The invention of toilet paper, in 1857.

Before I answer your next question, Why the hell are you telling me this, let me give you a related, disturbing fact:

The flush toilet was invented in 1777!

Why the delay?  (And what did people do for those 80 years in between?)

I can’t answer that.

But yesterday’s anniversary made me think about college planning. Really.


Because one of the most common questions I get from parents is “Can I do this myself?”

My answer may surprise you – it’s unqualified “Yes!”

But I’m usually quick to add that I could help them shorten their learning curve, since I’ve been doing this for 13 years, advised thousands of families, attend all sorts of boring college conferences, read almost every book on the topic, blah blah blah.  And have the testimonials from happy families to prove it.

Look, the lag between the invention of the toilet and toilet paper was extreme.  As was the gap between the use of sliced meats, bread and the invention of the sandwich.  But it doesn’t have to be this way.

My job is to shorten your learning curve.  To serve as a scholarship, grant and admissions connection between you and the best colleges in the country.  In an efficient – and sometimes fun – way!

I’m running a special on a new service that will get you started on the right path, called The College Psychic.  But it’s over on Christmas.  Enter the coupon code ‘PSYCHIC’ upon checkout and you’ll be pleased as punch at the discount offered.

OK, I’m done writing – I’m “wiped” out!

Your Correspondent,

– Andy Lockwood

Andrew Lockwood, J.D.
Lockwood College Consulting
497 South Oyster Bay Road
Plainview, New York 11803





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About Andy – Andy is an attorney-turned-“late stage” college finance and admissions consultant.  Because of his own horrible experiences with student debt ($100,000 plus between Wesleyan University and St. John’s University Law School), he dedicated his career to helping other children – and parents, avoid needlessly relying on loans and otherwise overpaying for college.  See his websites for more information.