College Admissions Guidance

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

Think like an AO (Admissions officer) application strategy demonstrated interest essays Sep 22, 2021
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.
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Admissions FAQs on academics, etc. application strategy Sep 22, 2021
  1. Do colleges like upward trends? Not only do colleges want to see good grades, they also want to see an upward grade trend, meaning that applicants' grades...
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When should you start planning for college? future planning middle school Sep 22, 2021
It’s never too early to start thinking about college. It may seem very far away, but the hard work you put in now should help you later on.
Some experts recommend starting as early...
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Personal essay... WTF, I hate writing, and brainstorming! application strategy essays Sep 22, 2021
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...
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Freshmen year could decide where you ultimately land up... academics boost extracurricular activities financial planning freshman year Sep 22, 2021
During ninth grade it's important adjust to the new work load and learn how to deal with the social stress that often accompanies high school, but it's also important to remember that...
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All the UCs schooling details you had questions about application strategy colleges list future planning Sep 22, 2021
What are the UCs majors-best know for:
  1. UC Los Angeles Engineering, Psychology
  2. UC Berkeley  Statistics, Sociology, Media Studies
  3. UC Santa Barbara Chemical Engineering,...
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The spike in your application spike application strategy 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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Four types of Financial aid you should know financial planning Sep 22, 2021
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.
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Intellectual curiosity, what? application strategy demonstrated interest essays Sep 22, 2021
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...
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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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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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Full ride scholarships: Plan else you won't get them financial planning future planning Sep 22, 2021
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...
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