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Category: College Admissions

Posted Aug. 10, 2020, 11:59 a.m. by Nadine Evans | View Comments
medical school

Whether you're a senior high school student applying to college or just at the start of your undergraduate degree, you have a lot of upcoming decisions to make. One of which; applying to medical school, you've already decided on. As you already know, you must do really well during your undergraduate years in college to have a realistic chance of acceptance to medical school and one of the biggest keys to academic success is using self-reflection to decide what you want to study and where you want to study. Keep in mind that medical schools do not have a preference ...

Posted July 29, 2020, 2:23 p.m. by Dr. Amy Morgenstern | View Comments
Rising Senior

I’ll never forget the time Evelyn, a rising senior, was rejected from every ultra prestigious summer program she’d applied. “No worries,” I quickly reassured her and her mom. “A DIY summer could make an even stronger case at top schools!” Sure enough, after spending her time volunteering at a medical center, taking an online class in environmental leadership (which blew her mind!), and using her extraordinary musical talents to mesmerize fellow volunteers during breaks and play birthday songs for best friends, she was accepted to UC Berkeley in Computer Science. Sometimes a humble plan you’ve patched together is your key ...

Posted July 23, 2020, 12:15 p.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
class of 2024

Change. Change is and will be the action word in your life now and for the next few academic years. Easy for the rest of us to say, and so hard for you and your family to hear, imagine, and figure out. There is change from the colleges every day about what to do with their freshman class of 2024. You will have heard of online classes for next year, new registration dates, change in prices, students on or not on campus and in or not in residence halls. Classes for on-campus students for one-semester, followed by a semester online. ...

Posted June 24, 2020, 2:30 p.m. by Jason Vallozzi | View Comments
College Cap

College admissions has always been overwhelming and stressful to families. There is a new level of college stress for families stemming from so much uncertainty for underclassmen students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, when will students be able to take the SAT or ACT test? Will colleges even require SAT or ACT scores? How will activities be viewed when we are practicing social distancing? When will campus visits resume? And most importantly, what should we be doing now for our college planning? How Can We Prepare for College During a Pandemic? I believe time is a sacred resource ...

Posted April 28, 2020, 8:21 a.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
Empty lecture seats

Trying to imagine applying to college is hard to do. Being at home instead of at school with your friends, teachers, friends, school counselor, and friends is not where you want to be. Not knowing when or if your senior year will begin in September is almost impossible to imagine. Let’s agree that it is what it is. Stay Connected While Applying to College From Home Most important is to get and stay in touch with your teachers and school counselor throughout the college application process. If you haven’t heard from your guidance (college) counselor, email him or her today. ...

Posted April 24, 2020, 10:04 a.m. by Laurie Kopp Weingarten, CEP | View Comments
Pivot

Generation Z possesses a lot of fantastic qualities, but the one thing we repeatedly hear from admission officers is that they want to see more grit, more resilience. Many high school students aren’t used to failure and find it difficult to pick up the pieces and move on, missing the chance to learn from their past mistakes. Don’t wallow in things you can’t control. As an independent educational consultant, I’m waking up daily to an inbox flooded with emails. Students are asking questions such as, “How is this virus going to affect my future college application? Are these abridged AP ...

Posted April 23, 2020, 9:56 a.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
College Acceptances, Deposits and Waitlists in the Year of the Coronavirus

Seniors. You know your options. You’ve got your college decisions from the colleges. April is traditionally the month when the power is all yours. Once you have been accepted you can choose to accept or deny the college acceptance. Or if you were waitlisted, you can choose to waitlist and accept another college. I know. It doesn’t feel powerful. Emotions are high, feelings are on edge as you waited so anxiously for so long to hear from the colleges. Not to mention that this year adds a world problem to throw everyone off balance… the Coronavirus. The Class of 2020 ...

Posted Nov. 19, 2019, 8 a.m. by Sonja Montiel | View Comments
beautiful girl in striped light blue shirt in red christmas cap standing holding red gift box, unboxing and looking inside

Our children never outgrow wanting “stuff” for the holidays. Look at your teen’s gift list and you will see the usual items that sound like a foreign language, possibly with footnotes about their emotional dependency for each item. Go ahead, read it: I really need to have the-most-advanced-tech-thingy-that-you-don’t-know-how-to-use-or-pronounce, or everyone is wearing this piece-of-cloth-that’s-way-too-expensive-but-I’ll-die-without-it! As parents, we have been there, done that, and negotiated for years, right? However, if you have a high school senior, maybe you won’t read such a list this particular season. For most seniors, something extraordinary happens with their wish lists for the holidays. The concept ...

Posted Oct. 16, 2019, 11 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
How Many Colleges Should You Apply To?

Most teens will tell you that making the college list is one of the most stressful times in their life. It’s a process that begins with a little bit of knowing what you like, what your goals are, and that intuition that every student takes to the table. Knowing yourself, your likes, and your dislikes will help you in the process. There’s a theory among teens and many parents, which says, “The more colleges you apply to, the better your chances.” In theory it makes sense, but there are other things to consider besides hedging your bets with numbers. Three ...

Posted Sept. 6, 2019, 10 a.m. by Elly Swartz | View Comments
college application writing tips

You sit on your bed, at your desk and in the library wondering where to begin your college admissions essay. It’s not like there’s a Google map showing you how to go from here to there. How do you dig through 17 years of experiences and select the one that shares your voice, your vision, your passion? Was it when you sat behind Grandpa’s dented old Buick the day you got your license, or the time you figured out how to rig your book to the shower door without getting it soggy so you could finish the last chapter of ...

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