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Blog posts about college admissions topics such as essays, extracurriculars,  planning, mental health, etc.

What are the best electives to take in middle school? extracurricular activities future planning middle school Sep 26, 2021

These fare un and unique middle school electives that students love taking—and teachers love teaching!

  • Kitchen Science. This elective combines the principles of science with the fun of...
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The Forgotten Middle school: : Ensuring Students are on Target for College and Career Readiness by High School academics boost future planning middle school Sep 26, 2021
The process of preparing students to make successful transitions from middle school to high school is just as important as the process of preparing them to make successful transitions from high...
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Majors in subjects like English, philosophy, psychology, and sociology? application strategy career options future planning Sep 23, 2021
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...
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Merit scholarship, who gets it? financial planning future planning Sep 23, 2021
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...
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External scholarships: strategies to get funded application strategy financial planning Sep 23, 2021
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...
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Advanced Placements (AP) testing! Why bother? Why NOT bother too much either? academics boost future planning Sep 23, 2021
What is the purpose of AP credits?
AP courses give you the experience of an introductory level college or university class while you're in high school. You might also get...
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9th and 10th graders colleges prep essentials freshman year future planning sophomore year Sep 23, 2021
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What did you do last summer? extracurricular activities Sep 22, 2021
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...
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What's your career plan? career options future planning Sep 22, 2021
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...
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Growth mindset for high schoolers mental health Sep 22, 2021
10 Strategies for Fostering a Growth Mindset in the Classroom
Helping students develop a growth mindset requires deliberate effort from teachers/parents, but many of the methods can be easily...
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You are unique, contrary to what you tell yourself... application strategy demonstrated interest essays extracurricular activities Sep 22, 2021
Defy stereotypes and go against the grain. You want to distinguish yourself from other applicants with similar backgrounds. For instance, it’s uncommon to see an Asian American student who is...
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Get a Spike! application strategy demonstrated interest extracurricular activities future planning Sep 22, 2021
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...
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