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Admissions Insight, Personal Growth

At 4:23 pm Wednesday, 11 December, 2019
Post by Will Eichler

The college essay is one of the most important aspects of your application. It is really the only part of your application that is more than a list or a collection of numbers. It is your chance to show an aspect of your personality that…

Scholarships & Financial Aid

At 4:23 pm Wednesday, 11 December, 2019
Post by Will Eichler

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is one of the most complicated processes you will encounter when beginning your college journey. However, it  also absolutely crucial if you are concerned about paying for your education. To put it simply, FAFSA is the process the…

Personal Growth

At 6:48 pm Friday, 6 December, 2019
Post by Sarahjane Hehre

Writing a well formulated and interesting essay in a small period of time is challenging and sometimes may feel impossible. There are few educationally related moments that are more stressful than sitting down to write an essay that will decipher part of your future than…

School Selection

At 2:41 am Saturday, 23 November, 2019
Post by Will Eichler

Many young people spend their time in high school fantasizing about spending their early adulthood at a school far from their hometowns. Many of those who grew up in small town (myself included) long for a college campus that is far enough away from their…

Personal Growth

At 1:19 pm Friday, 22 November, 2019
Post by Sarahjane Hehre

The last few miles of a race are always the hardest to get through. You can almost see the finish line but you still have to put in hard work and exert high amounts of energy to get there. With finals coming up around the…

Personal Growth

At 2:46 pm Wednesday, 13 November, 2019
Post by Sarahjane Hehre

You are a busy college student. Maybe you play sports or are in clubs, maybe you work or have a ton of hobbies. Point blank- you’re busy and there is only so much time in the week. So how do you accomplish all the tasks…

Admissions Insight

At 3:26 pm Thursday, 7 November, 2019
Post by Will Eichler

Right now, you are probably obsessing over your GPA, test scores, and extracurriculars so that you can craft the ultimate application for your top school. However, there is one thing that you should not forget to prepare for as you put the final touches on…

Personal Growth

At 3:26 pm Thursday, 7 November, 2019
Post by Sarahjane Hehre

Taking a gap year can be a liberating yet scary experience. For one of the first times, you are being exposed to an extended period of time that you are fully liable to fill with your own goals and achieve them with little guidance. How…

SAT/ ACT Test Prep

At 4:41 pm Wednesday, 30 October, 2019
Post by Sarahjane Hehre

A common goal for the majority of high school students is to do well on their SATs. Students invest in SAT prep books, conduct research via the internet or hire an in-person SAT coach. All of these options are helpful but they can take up…

Personal Growth

At 4:41 pm Wednesday, 30 October, 2019
Post by Will Eichler

The college application process is made up of choices: where to apply, where to visit, what to include in your application, but one of the most important choices that you’ll make during this time is which teachers you will ask for your letters of recommendation….

School Selection

At 3:01 pm Wednesday, 23 October, 2019
Post by Will Eichler

With the school year approaching its halfway point, many students who are in their final years of high school are turning their sights to the world of college. This means that those students are going to be making the trek to the college campuses of…

School Selection

At 3:00 pm Wednesday, 23 October, 2019
Post by Sarahjane Hehre

Dedicating your life to a singular location for the next four years can feel overwhelming and scary. How do you know where to choose and if it is going to be the right fit for you? Maybe you have no idea or maybe you have…

Personal Growth

At 4:36 pm Wednesday, 16 October, 2019
Post by Sarahjane Hehre

Being in a new place filled with unfamiliar faces you aren’t used to can feel awkward and uncomfortable. The transition into college can be tough and sometimes it may push you to wonder if you made the right decision. More often than not, the answer…

Admissions Insight

At 2:15 pm Wednesday, 16 October, 2019
Post by Will Eichler

As application season is now in full-swing, one of the most pressing questions graduating high school seniors have concerning this often stressful time is whether or not they should apply for early decision. Before outlining the advantages and disadvantages of early decision, it is important…

Personal Growth, School Selection

At 2:06 pm Tuesday, 1 October, 2019
Post by Rachel Hertzberg

In recent years, more students are rethinking the traditional path from high school to college. Malia Obama notably took a gap year before matriculating into Harvard, and in some countries such as Norway and Denmark, as many as 50% of teens take a gap year…

Admissions Insight, School Selection

At 2:06 pm Tuesday, 1 October, 2019
Post by Rachel Hertzberg

Hearing back from colleges is an exciting and nerve-wracking time. You finally see your hard work pay off, but you also have to be strong in the face of disappointment. Unfortunately, this step of the college process has its own share of difficulties. While students…

Personal Growth

At 1:55 pm Tuesday, 1 October, 2019
Post by Adam Grossman

You’re in the final stretch. You’ve kept your head in the books, hurdled the midterms and conquered the finals of underclassmen’s past. The time is now to buckle down, get your head in the game and finish your senior year strong. Your college future awaits…

Personal Growth, School Selection

At 1:55 pm Tuesday, 24 September, 2019
Post by Adam Grossman

Planning for College It’s everyone’s dream to attend one of the top brand name colleges in the country. As you start your college search, it is important to know that even though a brand name college may seem to have the winning formula for your…

Personal Growth, School Selection

At 1:09 pm Thursday, 19 September, 2019
Post by Clara Mouawad

You have the letter in your hand. You’re staring at your name neatly printed on the envelope, the logo of your dream college on the left-hand corner, and the envelope feels heavier than it is as if it’s holding your dreams along with the answer….

Admissions Insight, Scholarships & Financial Aid

At 1:08 pm Thursday, 19 September, 2019
Post by Clara Mouawad

Student loans seem like a necessary evil, one you grudgingly accept to move forward in getting your degree. While they do provide the opportunity to pursue higher education, it is extremely important to understand exactly what makes them so tricky. Taking out a loan for…

Personal Growth

At 2:54 pm Tuesday, 17 September, 2019
Post by Adam Grossman

The Importance of a Brand Story The lost art of storytelling. Since 15,000 BC, humans have been telling stories as a way to connect to others and pass down important information from ancestor to descendent. It’s become evolutionary, hardwiring our DNA with the power of…

Admissions Insight, School Selection

At 5:26 pm Wednesday, 11 September, 2019
Post by Rachel Hertzberg

Demonstrated interest is a term that has gained a lot of popularity in the competitive college process. Simply put, demonstrated interest consists of any interaction you have with the college outside of the official application requirements. Demonstrated interest shows that you are curious about the school…

Admissions Insight, School Selection

At 5:26 pm Wednesday, 11 September, 2019
Post by Rachel Hertzberg

Recommendations letters are often a required part of college applications that cause a surprising amount of stress in high schoolers. There’s no reason to be anxious about obtaining recommendations from your teachers, coaches, or other mentors, as long as you think critically about your strategy….

Personal Growth

At 4:27 pm Tuesday, 10 September, 2019
Post by Adam Grossman

Remember when you had to study for tests back in high school? Everyone had different methods to get ready for the test, whether it be reading the covered chapters in a book, cramming information through repetition, using flash cards or taking notes on presented information….

Admissions Insight, School Selection

At 1:14 pm Wednesday, 4 September, 2019
Post by Clara Mouawad

I sat down with John S, University of California, Berkeley graduate who majored in linguistics, to go over his application process. I was able to pick his brain on tips for students hoping to be admitted to top tier universities such as Berkeley.   Editor: Thank…

Admissions Insight, School Selection

At 1:11 pm Wednesday, 4 September, 2019
Post by Clara Mouawad

“We give California community college students first priority over other transfer applicants, and many campuses offer guaranteed admission for well-prepared transfer students. Why? We know that transfer students add to the fabric of our UC community and arrive at our campuses with a diversity of…

Extracurricular Activities, Personal Growth

At 9:23 pm Tuesday, 3 September, 2019
Post by Adam Grossman

Stress Management at College There’s so much excitement during the first week of college. The busy life of a college student will often be overwhelming if you improperly juggle college classes with the demands of family, work and your personal life. In 2017, in an…

Admissions Insight, Personal Growth

At 5:59 pm Sunday, 25 August, 2019
Post by Adam Grossman

We are sure you’ve heard it enough by now, but you can never stop giving when it comes to good information. It’s important to start your first year of college off right. This list has the potential to set the proper tone for success through…

Personal Growth

At 8:55 am Saturday, 17 August, 2019
Post by Adam Grossman

Handcrafting Your College Experience Discovering your own independence for the first time is one of the many benefits of attending college. This benefit comes with a lot of responsibility. However, as it allows you to explore your own interests even if they fall outside your…

Personal Growth

At 5:18 pm Friday, 9 August, 2019
Post by Adam Grossman

Scams Targeting College Students You are officially a college student and you’ve opened doors to all of these amazing new opportunities. However, it is important to remain vigilant because now you’re a target to one of the many scams out there in the world. There…

Grades & Academics, Personal Growth

At 6:30 pm Friday, 2 August, 2019
Post by Adam Grossman

Finding the best deals on college books Fall semester is closing in. As you prepare to head back to school, you can hear the distant cries of your wallet weeping. This is because even after your loans are filled out and your classes are picked,…

Extracurricular Activities, Personal Growth

At 2:06 pm Saturday, 27 July, 2019
Post by Adam Grossman

In the previous blog, examples were given of extracurricular activities available to students and why they play such a crucial role in the admission process. In the second part of this blog, the most major advantages that a student could develop will be covered along…

Extracurricular Activities, Personal Growth

At 11:18 pm Friday, 19 July, 2019
Post by Adam Grossman
Extracurricular Activities

It’s summertime and the living’s easy but for those pursuing a college degree, it is important to stay mentally active over the summer. While it’s completely acceptable to get a little bit of R&R between busy semesters, a lack of activities leads to boredom. From…

Personal Growth

At 4:04 pm Monday, 15 July, 2019
Post by Sarah Baker
The Financial Steps part 1

Your acceptance letter has finally arrived. The thrill and exhilaration of knowing that you’ll be heading off on a new adventure is still thrumming through your bloodstream. Then reality sets in, how are you going to pay for college? An even bigger reality settles when…

Personal Growth, School Selection

At 5:11 pm Wednesday, 10 July, 2019
Post by Rachel Hertzberg

THE ROLE OF 7 CHARACTER STRENGTHS IN THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS The VIA Character Institute lists seven character strengths that can make a big difference in a person’s success. These character strengths can be empowering in all aspects of your life, but become crucial during…

Personal Growth, School Selection

At 6:38 pm Friday, 14 June, 2019
Post by Admin
Your College Adventure Awaits

Preparing for college is like preparing for a long hike. There are a lot of essentials you need to survive; more than just boots and a backpack. Let’s explore how to prepare for your next adventure. Start with a plan. Plan a route of how…

Personal Growth

At 2:14 am Sunday, 21 April, 2019
Post by Clara Mouawad
How do you know college is right for you?

We make decisions every day. However, one of the first major decisions that you will have to make is selecting which college to attend. Even if you have a good idea of where you want to go, it’s not a matter to take lightly. You…

Scholarships & Financial Aid

At 4:39 pm Friday, 29 March, 2019
Post by Admin
Understanding the Cost of College

While most aspects of attending university are exciting, there is one that is more intimidating than anything else. Naturally, this is the price tag that comes with your degree. One way to help reduce the financial stress is to understand the breakdown of the cost…

Grades & Academics, Personal Growth, School Selection

At 2:20 am Tuesday, 26 March, 2019
Post by Rachel Hertzberg
Sort Your Own College List

High school juniors enter the college process with a great range of knowledge about where to apply. You might have people in your life like older siblings, friends, or parents who have opinions on colleges. Many students are familiar with the schools in their city…

Personal Growth

At 2:35 am Monday, 25 March, 2019
Post by Clara Mouawad
Crafting Your Extraordinary Story From Your ‘Mundane’ Life

“I don’t know what to write for my personal essay; my life is so mundane.” If this thought crosses your mind as you stare at a blank document page, hoping inspiration will strike so that you can impress the college of your dreams, you’re in…

School Selection

At 1:57 am Saturday, 23 March, 2019
Post by Admin
Understanding the UC Transfer System

  “We give California community college students first priority over other transfer applicants, and many campuses offer guaranteed admission for well-prepared transfer students. Why? We know that transfer students add to the fabric of our UC community and arrive at our campuses with a diversity…

Personal Growth

At 2:18 am Wednesday, 20 March, 2019
Post by Clara Mouawad
How to Write a Strong College Essay When You Hate Writing

When it comes to the college application, it’s fine and dandy to write a college essay when you actually like to write. But how do you create a stunning essay when you hate writing? The answer is far more simple than you might think. A big problem with writing…

Scholarships & Financial Aid

At 2:09 am Saturday, 16 March, 2019
Post by Rachel Hertzberg
Understanding Financial Aid

As you probably know, college tuition has been rising steeply for the last several decades. The price of education can present a significant challenge to many ordinary families, and you may have worries about how to pay for tuition as well as other costs associated…

School Selection

At 4:34 pm Saturday, 9 March, 2019
Post by Admin
College Tips From Those Who Made It

I sat down with John S, University of California, Berkeley graduate who majored in linguistics, to go over his application process. I was able to pick his brain on tips for students hoping to be admitted to top tier universities such as Berkeley.   Editor:…

Grades & Academics, Personal Growth, School Selection

At 9:50 pm Saturday, 23 February, 2019
Post by Admin
Sort Your Own College List

High school juniors enter the college process with a great range of knowledge about where to apply. You might have people in your life like older siblings, friends, or parents who have opinions on colleges. Many students are familiar with the schools in their city…

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