My primary goal in creating this program is to help as many people as possible to reduce the stress in their lives. Thus, while I will enjoy presenting it myself to schools and other entities in the DC area who are interested in having me do so, I’m also quite happy to have others take whatever they find useful and present it themselves.

If you work with a school and would like to use anything on this site with your students and parents, please feel free to do so. The same goes for others: if you believe any of the information here may be useful to you in any setting, either for your own use or in working with others, I encourage you to use it in its entirety or to take it apart and use the parts as you see fit.

I have spent thousands of hours ascertaining that the information provided on this website is as accurate as possible, and I will make efforts to keep it reasonably current. However, information can change over time (especially with the lists) and, while I’ve been thorough and meticulous in my research because I care very much about accuracy, there’s always the chance that I overlooked something. Thus, with an abundance of caution that’s probably inevitable for the son of an attorney and a librarian, I make no warranties as to the completeness or accuracy of material on this website and encourage you to verify whatever information you intend to use to a degree that makes you comfortable with presenting it to your audience. I also encourage you to bring to my attention any information you believe to be inaccurate or misleading. (Note: At the bottom of each list I’ve indicated when it was last updated, which means all data should be current as of that date.)

In summary, material on this website may be used freely by anyone. Please be sure to cite original sources that I’ve cited when using them, and I would appreciate it if you would cite this website, too. Anyone who presents a substantial amount of the material from this site, or any part in its entirety, should also make it clear that they are not affiliated with Less High School Stress LLC in any way.

If you’d like to leave any comments, questions or suggestions about this website, please use the box below. (Note: Your comments will not be made public without your permission. I have to approve comments before they become visible on the website–I will not approve your comments for publication unless you tell me you’d like them to be visible.)

Thank you very much for your interest in this program, and best of luck to you in all of your efforts to reduce stress.


My name is Steve Becker. I am a Washington, DC area native, but spent 18 wonderful years as a school counselor at Conestoga High School in Berwyn, PA. It was there that I saw firsthand the stress that so often accompanies the college admissions process and began developing strategies to address it.

For those who are curious about my own schooling, I started my undergraduate studies at Connecticut College (Camels, not Huskies) and finished at the University of Maryland College Park, where I also completed my Master’s in School Counseling.

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