College Admissions Guidance

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

Personal branding for college application strategy demonstrated interest extracurricular activities future planning Feb 13, 2022
Why Your Personal Brand MattersWhy is it important for colleges to know who you are, and what your brand is? College admissions committees will be looking at your application for several...
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What is college readiness for middle school students? academics boost demonstrated interest extracurricular activities future planning middle school Sep 26, 2021
Students should casually go to local college visits with parents, make it a fun experience. They should investigate different career pathways at career fairs. They should take assessments to...
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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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Impressive grades go beyond APs! academics boost extracurricular activities Sep 22, 2021
When looking to supplement your high school classes with additional coursework, consider options such as local community colleges, reputable online programs, Stanford’s Pre-Collegiate Studies...
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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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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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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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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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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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Make the time to carefully write the Common App application strategy essays extracurricular activities future planning senior year Sep 21, 2021
It's not just about the essays... there are subtle parts to the common app that students should make the time to review way ahead of time and have an advisor review the details. These small things...
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The post-COVID admissions strategy application strategy demonstrated interest essays extracurricular activities senior year Apr 28, 2021
I know sound like a broken record when I bring up the 6-point evaluation admissions criteria. But this time, though the dimensions are the same, the way they are evaluated has changed subtly or a...
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