- 9th grade parent night programs
- Plan carefully the international language choice; make sure it's one you will carry for 4-years; two years of one language and 2-years of another don't mean the same as spending 4-years diving deep into one language
- Experiment with perform art options, even if you change instruments across years, or go across the arts discipline, yet the learnings from arts are foundational and looked upon favorably by colleges
- Join multiple clubs, get a feel of what they do, find your niche, over the years drop more clubs then add to your repertoire, take on more positions of responsibility not always focused on becoming a designated officer. Learn soft skills, diplomacy, ways to work with groups, collaboration, and with growth mindsets.
- Stress the importance of learning history and philosophy and the impact on the core American colleges curriculum.
- Focus on the quality of the courses, building on one another, and balance that with a variety. I'd bring case studies that show the impact correlating music and math.
- The importance of extracurricular activities and external community volunteer efforts
- I would emphasize the value of Calculus to be done by 12th grade and the impact on admissions and the correlation to a successful college career based on the same.
- It's OK to get a bad grade while experimenting and that's possible only in the earlier high school grades, and to get more serious about showing an upward grades progression over the following years.
How can I help my child apply for college?
Parent Tips: DO's and DON'Ts of Helping Your Child Apply for...
Recently, I've noticed a concerning uptick in the number of students asking whether it's appropriate for them to write about mental health issues, most frequently ADD and/or anxiety, in their college applications. ... So the short answer: don't do it.
Is it OK to talk about depression in a college essay?
All counselors interviewed for this piece agreed that students' college essays should not be about their struggles with mental health. ... Vinik says that mental health problems should only be shared in the essay if the college would not be able to understand the applicant without knowing about this part of her. https://www.noodle.com/articles/how-to-discuss-your-mental-health-on-college-applications
Whether or not self-studying is the right approach for you will depend on five key factors.
Should You Self-Study for an AP Exam? 5 Key Factors
Factor 1: Which AP Exam You Want to Self-Study For
Factor 2: How Much Time You Have for Studying
Factor 3: Your Studying Motivation Level
Factor 4: Your Ability to Stay on Track
Factor 5: Access to Study Material
5 Essential Tips for Effective AP Self-Studying
#1: Stay on Track
#2: Make a Schedule
#3: Find the Best Material
#4: Take Practice Tests
#5: Register for the AP Exam
The merit scholarship criteria are part of your college's list planning and should be documented as such part of your final priorities for the admissions. Finding colleges that give good merit scholarships, the criteria, and the amounts is an art. Invest the time to learn the process. The details below will help. Reach out to the Success Koach team if you have questions.
Is it Worth it to Apply for Scholarships?
Absolutely, but only if a student is willing to put in the work it takes to apply correctly using winning strategies and doing a bit of research before submitting any application. Scholarships are FREE money that does not have to be paid back, so learning how to strategically apply is crucial to a student’s scholarship success rate. Students who quickly write an essay without much thought will have basically no chance of winning unless there is only one applicant, which is very rare.
We students are way too focused on a STEM education. While the benefits of STEM are awesome and tangible, don't disregard the humanities subjects. those make you whole. Shreya, my older daughter is getting a very complete education at Wellesley college where she is majoring in CS yet 50% of her classes are in Humanities; that's a requirement when you graduate from a liberal arts college. Read on for more..
Your application should clearly communicate your “spike.” A spike, hook, etc. is a set of activities and accomplishments that show admissions officers what you are truly passionate about and what you bring to the table.
Find out exactly how much college can cost and what you can do now as a freshman to prepare for those expenses. Refocus your study habits to build the credentials necessary for grant and scholarship applications.
It's not what you say, but more importantly how you say that is more important. Remember, the AO has 8-mins in total to read your application, You can't predict when in the day the AO reads it either. the dude could be in a crappy mood. So always tell a story in the format he/she is most comfortable knowing... ie the Hero's journey.
Throughout history, various people have studied the hero’s journey narrative, but it is most commonly associated with Joseph Campbell’s work. There is a common arc to most journey:
Admissions officers are trained to look for the "fit". Remember this.. the adcomm dude wants to help you but only if you help him/her simplify getting to the details, put everything they need in front. For example, don't just explicitly state the values you have, but instead, with the research into the school values how you fit those like a glove. That you should be able to make the case for how your candidature fits in. Helps the dude make the case on your behalf.
This process can be a LOT more fun than most students make it out to be. They try too hard to impress the AO. All I want to know is who you are... and trust me the core of you is super unique. You just have to let me in.
So much of the college application is a recounting of things past—past grades, old classes, activities the student has participated in over several years. The personal essay is your chance to share who they are now and what they will bring to a college campus communities.
Basically, college admission officers are looking for three takeaways in your college essay:
Few tips :-)
So how can you graduate early?
The math is pretty simple. A typical college load is four classes a semester, so in a year you're likely to take eight classes. To graduate a year early, you need to acquire eight classes worth of credit. You can do this a few ways:
Get in their shoes. when you visit a school fair make friends with them. The more you know how they are incentivized and what they want, the more cohesive and tailored will be your application.
An AO reads ~100 applications a day.
They first review a Summary of the academics, they review the progression performance over the years. They look specifically if the student challenged themselves to select harder subjects from what was offered at the school? They then look for personal qualities. If you come across as flat or just offensive, they are thrown off. They are building a community at the school so the selection is careful and meticulous.
So how do you maximize your chances of getting a large scholarship that will cover all of your college expenses? Try to think like an admissions officer. Find the generous colleges.. read my post https://www.successkoach.com/blog/list-of-buyers-and-sellers-colleges
Read on below...
Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. It can cover a range of educational expenses, like tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation.
What are the UCs majors-best know for:
Admissions officers often value intellectual curiosity above all other traits. Intellectual curiosity is the desire to learn because of genuine interest or passion. An intellectually curious person constantly learns new things in their free time simply because it fascinates them.
What is Intellectual Curiosity?
• Intellectual Curiosity highlights a person's interest in learning and knowledge acquisition. ...
• This characteristic trait has been practiced by some of the greatest minds. ...
• Other personalities like Richard Feynman, Benjamin Franklin, Charlie Munger, and Warren Buffett are some good examples.
I see this essay question often with the harder to get in type schools. Be careful here as they expect a solid response. Make summers count! They are a great opportunity to take classes at your local community college, volunteer at a personally meaningful nonprofit, or attend a summer program at your target school. Or do something less common like spending 3 months as a full-time volunteer with a state congressperson’s re-election campaign.
Most students have a vague idea about their career path. Any 17-year old who says he knows exactly what he wants is a statistical anomaly. Please use this assignment to get more clarity into your plans. Use the attached document's below to enhance your responses. Make sure you include responses to the following:
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