What To Do With Holiday Down Time? Watch A Favorite College Film!

For many high school and college students, as well as their families, December can be a taxing time of year. However, whether you are studying for exams, finishing up those last few admissions essays, or trying to find the perfect gift, you still need some time to relax and recharge. To help you with this, we’re sharing some of our favorite films:

Originally released in 2003, Mona Lisa Smile is the story of a progressive Wellesley college professor, played by Julia Roberts, trying…

Alert: Summer Program Deadlines

It may seem very early to plan your summer activities, but that depends on what you are interested in doing. Be aware that some popular summer programs have very early deadlines and interviews for coveted positions begin as early as January. Here are some ideas to consider:

  1. Apply for A Summer Job. Work experience helps students learn responsibility, how to collaborate with others and manage money and save. One of the best summer jobs is summer camp counselor or lifeguard (training
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Holiday Gifts: Book Recommendations

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you need a gift idea, check out these suggestions for books suitable for teens, and some for adults too.
Many thanks to our friends at Wellesley Books for offering suggestions in a range of genres:

CURSED by Frank Miller 

Throw out everything you know about the legend of King Arthur and get ready for this electrifying and cinematic twist on the classic tale, in which the Lady of the Lake is the hero who unearths the famous sword.  An enchanting, powerful, sometimes terrifying,…

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

At 5 p.m. on December 15th, Tim logs into the account that he created when he applied to Early College 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 posts to social media: I did it. I am going to Early College next year!

Across town Reid has also logged into his account for the same college. However, the news isn’t promising.…

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Welcome Our New Writing Specialist Liz Young

Liz Young joined Educational Advocates in September as a writing specialist, guiding high school, transfer, and prospective graduate students on their essays and personal statements. Liz is a writer and educator with twenty years experience working with students at both the high school and college level. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University with a BA in Classics and earned a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before transitioning

Scholarship and Housing Incentives May Be On The Horizon For College Applicants

Ethics Rules Changes Driven By Department of Justice Investigation

Recent changes to the ethics rules that colleges must follow may pave the way for more incentives offered to early decision applicants such as special scholarships, preferred housing or enhanced financial aid packages. Also affected by the rules revisions are what occurs after students choose a college and deposit by May 1st of their senior year.  May 1 is known as the universal reply date in college admission.…

ACT Announces Changes To Testing Policies

On October 8th the ACT organization announced significant changes that will take effect with the September 2020 national ACT test date:  

  • ACT Section Retesting: For the first time in the 60-year history of the ACT test, students who have already taken the test will be allowed to retake individual ACT section tests (English, math, reading, science and/or writing), rather than having to take the entire ACT test again.
  • Online testing with faster score results: Students will

Researching Colleges in Four Steps

Even as the seniors begin the agonizing wait for their college admissions letters, juniors are starting to think about the college process. Winter and spring breaks and the summer before senior year are great times to visit colleges. However, before you sign up for a whirlwind, five-day, ten-campus tour, it is important to start researching colleges even before you book your plane tickets and plan your itinerary. A few hours spent at home researching colleges can save you and…

Acing The College Admissions Interview

Fall is here, and that means that some colleges will be holding admissions interviews with prospective applicants. The admissions interview is a place for the admissions representative (or someone else connected to the school) to see another side of you. It is also a chance for you to get an insider’s view of the college or to explain an inconsistency in your academic record in a personal, heartfelt way. To help you make the most of this opportunity, here is some advice on…

Revision and Editing: What Makes A College Essay Work?

So you have written a first draft of your college essay, and deep down you know it needs work. However, you are feeling a bit stuck because you find it really embarrassing to write about yourself. Plus, everyone keeps telling you that your essay must be personal, that it needs to SHOW not TELL, and that it needs to be interesting and grammatically correct. You know you need help, but where do you turn?

If you are not working with a college consultant with expertise in teaching essay …

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