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Welcome Emily Freeman To The Educational Advocates Team

Emily's headshotEmily Freeman joined the Educational Advocates team this month and will be working with prospective college students. She has worked as both a counselor and teacher in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade and has experience with students from a variety of backgrounds, school settings, interests, and abilities. Her interest in college counseling began during high school when her own college counselor helped her to understand that there were dozens of schools at which she could…

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Welcome Katie Bacon To the Educational Advocates Team

Katie Bacon photoKatie Bacon joined the Educational Advocates team this month and will be working as an essay specialist. She is an experienced writer, editor, and interviewer who worked for The Atlantic in Boston for ten years before the magazine moved to Washington, DC. She has written everything from profiles to personal essays to reviews to scientific critiques, and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and Harvard’s Ed. magazine, among other places.…

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New Summer Reading Recommendations From Our Friends At Wellesley Books

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
With summer approaching, it is the perfect time to select some books to read on the beach or on the porch with a tall glass of lemonade. With the volume of homework you manage all year it can be hard to find time to read for pleasure. Remember the joy you get from reading a riveting story and not wanting to put it down? Our friends at Wellesley Books offer recommendations in a range of genres:
 
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Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews, (myth/historical) out June 8
 
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June To-Dos

 
 
 
Seniors
  • Respond to materials you are getting from your intended college in a timely manner. Take advantage of pre-orientation programs if offered.
  • Prepare well for orientation by reviewing your course options and developing a list of questions for your advisor.
  • Shore up skills such as time management by determining your planning strategies in college (planner, calendars). Put in place a “toolbox” of stress-busting strategies such as meditation apps for your smart phone,

May To-Dos

 
 
 
Seniors
  • Keep your grades up and complete your assignments with effort. The learning you do now will position you for college-level work.
  • If you have a learning or physical disability, or health issue, request college accommodations now.
  • Be timely in your response to information requests from your prospective college so you get priority for orientation, course choices, housing, and the like.
  • Avoid senioritis and disciplinary issues that could impact your college matriculation.
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Four Tips For Getting Strong Teacher Recommendations

When teachers receive a student’s request for a college recommendation, they first consider some questions. What are this student’s strengths? Can I give specific examples of how the student demonstrated these strengths? How did this student do in my class in terms of grades and effort? What might this student contribute to their college or program of interest?

As you might gather from these questions, writing letters of recommendation can be a complex task. If you

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April To-Dos

 
 
Seniors
  • Plan to visit or revisit colleges (virtually or in-person) as you make your final decision about where to matriculate next year. 
  • Be sure to send your deposit and housing forms by the deadline of May 1 to secure your spot at a college. Some colleges offer the best housing to those who deposit first so bear this in mind.
  • Let your teachers and counselors who wrote recommendations know of your decision and be sure to thank them for their support.
  • Keep your grades up and avoid any
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March To-Dos

Seniors

  • Write thank you notes to the teachers and counselors who wrote recommendations on your behalf, informing them of your college decisions.
  • As your college decisions come in, make plans to attend accepted student events or online sessions to help you make a decision on where to matriculate.
  • Talk with current students to truly understand the campus culture.
  • If you are considering a gap year, begin to submit applications.
Juniors
  • Continue researching the colleges on your
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More waitlists, less certainty: What to expect from 2021 college admission decisions

Test optional policies and other impacts of the pandemic have resulted in skyrocketing applications at some colleges, decreases at others. This will have an effect on regular decisions applications for the class of 2021, including an expected increase in waitlist offers. This 16-minute video explains the role of yield and enrollment management in admissions decisions to help students and their parents understand the dynamics at play.

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Teens Rank Anxiety And Depression As Major Problems Among Their Peers

In the third year of the pandemic, the virus isn’t the only thing affecting teenagers. While the incidence of teen anxiety and depression had been on the rise prior to the pandemic, it has further intensified in the past two years.   In a report published last summer, the CDC reported a 31% increase in mental health-related emergency room visits for 12-17 year-olds over the previous year. Many schools are responding by giving students specific days off for mental health or occasional

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