Procrastinating students

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.

Even after you have been accepted to college, be sure to avoid senioritis.
  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. Avoid senioritis: Colleges do not view it favorably. You should not only carry

College Research: 5 Tips For Evaluating Fit

If you are a high school junior beginning your college search, you have probably perused a guide book such as The Fiske Guide To Colleges, visited college websites and maybe even logged into a popular college review site such as Niche or Unigo. If you find that many of the college descriptions are starting to sound similar and you aren’t sure what to look for, you are not alone. Here are five tips for getting the most out of your college research.

  1. Check the List of Majors. This seems

December To-Dos

 
 
Seniors
  • Finish your supplemental essays and submit all applications (as well as scholarship applications) prior to the December vacation.
  • Confirm that the colleges to which you have applied received all your application materials including transcripts and recommendations.
  • Write thank you notes to the teachers and counselors who wrote recommendations for you. Be sure to tell them of acceptances as you receive them.
  • If you are admitted early decision, withdraw any other
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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…

college students embrace

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.…

Alert: Summer Program Deadlines

It may seem very early to plan your summer activities, especially considering the uncertainties of Covid-19, but many programs anticipate opening this summer perhaps with some modifications. Students should check back for updates on the status of programs while also being 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

A Gap Away: Virtual Fireside Gap Chat with Sandy Storer

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Considering a gap year? On January 7 at 7:30pm Gap Year Coach, Sandy Storer, from A Gap Away, will be hosting a Virtual Fireside Gap Chat. Sandy will provide a State of the Field summary regarding the gap year experience this fall and her thoughts on what the gap year will look like going forward. Sandy will also provide examples of meaningful activities gap students engaged in this fall and suggestions on planning for a gap year in the near future. There will be plenty of time for
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Holiday Gift Ideas: Reading 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:

Young Adult Recommendations:

 

Cover of The Enigma Game book

The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein 
                 
1940. Facing a seemingly endless war, Luisa Adair wants to fight back, make a difference, just do something, anything, to escape the Blitz. She accepts a position in Windyedge, Scotland caring for an elderly German…

November To-Dos

Seniors
  • Write thank you letters to the teachers and others who wrote recommendations on your behalf. Teachers spend a great deal of time writing your recommendation so showing your appreciation is essential.
  • Plan to submit all your applications prior to the December vacation so you can enjoy some well-deserved time off. This means you should be working on your supplemental essays this month.
  • Schedule and prepare for virtual interviews (instructions are on the college website,

Speed Dating Your Essay

To view an introductory video by Sarah M. McGinty, please click here.

Dear Writer,

Deadlines are approaching. So here we offer a word or two of advice about that essay you are about to submit. Please do embrace this opportunity to enrich your application. Yes, it’s an artificial exercise: there isn’t (I am hopeful) an irrevocably defining moment in your life yet—but you’re being asked to pitch one. So as you approach the finish line, look back not to your answer (or pile of possible…

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