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Author: Jason Patel

Jason Patel is the founder of Transizion, a college admissions assistance and mentorship company. Transizion donates a portion of profits to low-income students in need of college and career assistance. Jason has been featured in the Washington Post, NBC News, BBC, Bustle, Forbes, Fast Company, Fox Business, Reader’s Digest, and a number of other outlets.

Posted March 19, 2019, 8 a.m. by Jason Patel | View Comments
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You might be thinking, “Why would I want to go to an academic summer program?” School will be out and you’d probably prefer to spend your summer at the beach catching up on Netflix shows with your friends. Still, there are several reasons signing up for a summer program is worth your time. High school summer programs usually take place on college campuses, with participants sleeping in dorm rooms. These summer programs are available in just about every area of study: creative writing, international diplomacy, engineering, medicine, environmental studies, foreign languages, drama, and many more. Benefits of summer programs include: ...

Posted Jan. 23, 2019, 8 a.m. by Jason Patel | View Comments
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“What are your plans this summer?” is a question that you have likely been asked already or will be asked as the summer gets closer. If you haven’t already dedicated your summer to following your favorite band around the country or an exotic vacation with your family, you are probably considering a summer job. Why should I get a summer job? There are multiple advantages to landing a summer job. You’ll have some or extra spending money. You might make a good connection with someone in an industry you want to work in one day. And, a job can improve ...

Posted Nov. 27, 2018, 8 a.m. by Jason Patel | View Comments
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You’ve probably heard friends or other people in your life talk about something called a gap year. A gap, which actually could be as short as a semester or longer than a year, is time students can take between graduating high school and starting college. You can do it for many reasons. You might want to get some work experience under your belt, or maybe you just need to get out of a classroom for more than a few months. Whatever your reason, it doesn’t have to ruin your chances of getting into your dream college. In fact, it can ...

Posted Nov. 8, 2018, 8 a.m. by Jason Patel | View Comments
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There’s a good chance that you’ll have to give a presentation in at least one class during high school before you graduate. You might even be asked to speak at a community engagement, if you’re the president of a club or receiving an award. It’s important for students to start building their public speaking skills in high school. The earlier you start, the more time you’ll have to develop your skills before college begins. But, improving your public speaking skills in high school requires time, effort and discipline. If this frightens you, there are ways to improve and make the ...

Posted Sept. 12, 2018, 8 a.m. by Jason Patel | View Comments
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You’ve probably heard of the National Honor Society, but do you really understand what it is, who gets in or how being a member could pay off for you as a high school student? Getting into NHS requires a lot of work and dedication. You need to meet the GPA requirement and other standards to be considered for membership. But it can be well worth the effort, not only for college applications but for the skills you’ll learn. Here’s a breakdown of of everything you need to know about NHS to help you determine if the work involved is a ...

Posted July 12, 2018, 8 a.m. by Jason Patel | View Comments
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There are several ways you can set yourself apart academically from your peers. One common way to do this is by taking Advanced Placement courses and exams during your high school career. Before you enroll in an AP course, however, read through these Frequently Asked Questions to make sure you’ve considered everything before finalizing your decision. There are several factors to consider other than simply being “smart enough” for one of these classes. What is the difference between an AP course and regular course offered at my school? There are two main differences between regular and AP classes: The curriculum ...

Posted May 29, 2018, 9:33 a.m. by Jason Patel | View Comments
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Take a minute to Google a few commencement keynote speakers. In their speeches, they tend to always mention someone who inspired them to greatness. That someone is often a mentor. A mentor can be anyone whom you admire and trust to help you become a better version of yourself, or who can help you understand the intricacies of, say, a particular profession. A mentor is vested in you and making sure you learn or experience what you need to reach your goals. A mentor is a helpmate, a teacher and a champion all rolled into one. A mentor is ideally ...