Great Advice From Recent College Freshmen

It’s summer and college freshmen who made it through their first year of college have plenty of wisdom to share. Here are some insights from two former clients about their first year of college.What advice do you have for graduated high school seniors about choosing first-year courses?“It is extremely helpful to get advice from academic advisors,” said Maya, a Brandeis University student. “I ...

After the Acceptance Letter: Transitioning to College

Now that you have sorted through the acceptance letters, weighed the pros and cons of each college, and decided where you want to go, you might think that everything is set until you move to college in August. While you should definitely take time to savor your accomplishments and to enjoy your summer, there are also some steps you should take to help you prepare for your transition to college. A little ...

College Decisions: Be Proud of Yourself, but Be Gracious Too!

Tim logs into the account that he created when he applied to Elite College at 5 pm on December 15th, just as he was instructed to do. He has been waiting for this moment for a long time, and he fervently hopes he will be admitted. The decision is there–and the first word he reads is Congratulations. Tim is in. He logs into Facebook and posts on his wall: I did it. I am going to Elite College ...

Avoid Senioritis

While it’s true that most of your work is done for your college applications, keep in mind that your actions and decisions in the months ahead can still affect the admission decision. Keep Your Grades Up. Colleges will get a copy of your midyear report, which will show your senior-year grades at the end of the first semester or term. Avoid senioritis: Colleges do not view it favorably. You should ...

You Have Submitted Your Applications… Now What?

While it’s true that most of your work is done for your college applications, keep in mind that your actions and decisions in the months ahead can still affect the admission decision. 1. Keep Your Grades Up. Colleges will get a copy of your “Midyear Report,” which will show your senior-year grades at the end of the first semester or term. Colleges do not view “senioritis” favorably. Not ...

College Essay Workshops

Get a Jump on Your College Essay this Summer! For rising seniors, now is the time to start thinking about writing the college essay. Our essay writing workshop will help students get a jump start on the essay. At the end of the workshop, students will leave with a solid first draft of a compelling personal statement to use during the college admissions process. During the session students will work ...
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Choose Your High School Courses Wisely

You might be surprised to learn that the most important part of the college application is your transcript listing your high school courses and grades. Most colleges want to see that you took the most rigorous courses appropriate for you. As you consider your course selections for next year, keep these points in mind: Continue Foreign Language. If you are a senior and you have taken three years ...

Focusing Your Activities

This past June marked ten years since I graduated from high school. Typically this may cause a person to reflect on what she has accomplished over the past decade; however, as a high school English teacher at the time, I was so preoccupied mulling over recommendation letters, college essays, and graduation requirements, that I barely had time to check the “not attending” button on my class’s ...

A Teen’s Guide to Getting Published

With blogs, Twitter, and Facebook, it is very easy for anyone with internet access to publish almost anything online. A few keystrokes and a push of a button are all it takes for you to post a blog post, update, or reply on any number of sites. However, despite the convenience of these tools, there is something infinitely more rewarding when seeing your writing go out under the auspices of a respected ...

Make the Most of the High School Visit

By Joshua Henry This time of year admission officers are traveling all over the country to meet students they hope will be interested in applying to their institutions. It’s likely that many will be visiting the high school you or your child attends. High school visits are an important opportunity for admission officers to recruit students, meet counselors and learn about schools. Likewise, high ...
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