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,
Educational Advocates College Consulting

Welcome Rachel Kaplan to the Educational Advocates Team

Rachel Kaplan

Rachel Kaplan joined the Educational Advocates team this month and will be working with prospective college students. She is an admissions consultant, school counselor, and educator who has worked extensively in a variety of school settings. Her passion is fostering academic and social-emotional growth, as well as college and career readiness in all of her students.

Rachel graduated Phi Alpha Theta from Boston College with a BA in History and Summa Cum Laude from Boston …

The Covid-19 Prompt in the Common Application: Should you respond?

The Common Application has added a prompt on the impact of Covid-19 in the 2020-2021 application: Community disruptions such as COVID-19 and natural disasters can have deep and long-lasting impacts. If you need it, this space is yours to describe those impacts. Colleges care about the effects on your health and well-being, safety, family circumstances, future plans, and education, including access to reliable technology and quiet study spaces. Do you wish to share anything…

Educational Advocates College Consulting

Welcome Sally McGinty To The Educational Advocates Team

Sally

Sarah (called “Sally”) McGinty joined the Educational Advocates team this month and will be working with prospective MBA, law and other graduate school applicants, as well as assisting with college application essays.

 Sally is a teacher, writer, researcher and educational consultant. She has served as English department chair at a large public high school, as associate director of admission at a small liberal arts college, as a writing instructor at several institutions

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News, Changes, Advice For College Admission

This is a time of uncertainty which can be difficult. It is only human to want to know what lies ahead. Keep in mind, however, that all high school students are in the same position as you. There have been many changes impacting college admissions and higher education and we will be guiding you through all these changes. Here is a summary of recent developments with resources to help you manage it all. Be sure to contact us with any questions.

Standardized Testing Postponed. As you

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Creating A College List While Coping With Financial Uncertainty

Coping with financial uncertainty and creating a financially balanced college list

The events of the past few weeks have disrupted plans for a smooth transition to college. Students’ best intentions to complete rigorous courses, take standardized tests on schedule, and participate in meaningful extracurricular activities are all expectations that we now find challenged. Parents’ plans to pay for college using long-term investments may need to be revised. While we are

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High School Senior FAQs

Between now and May 1 (or June 1 for colleges who have extended), high school seniors are trying to decide among their many college acceptances. Here is a list of frequently asked questions from college-bound seniors that may help you as you think about your college options.

Q: I was accepted into my second choice college at my favorite university. Should I matriculate and try to transfer into my college of choice once I am an enrolled student or is this too risky?

The first step is…

For Seniors: Coping With Financial Uncertainty And Evaluating Options

Evaluating College Options in a Time of Financial Uncertainty

The events of the past few weeks have disrupted plans for a smooth transition to college. Students’ best intentions to complete rigorous courses, take standardized tests on schedule, and participate in meaningful extracurricular activities are all expectations that we now find challenged. Parents’ plans to pay for college using long-term investments may need to be revised. While we are educational consultants,

To AP Or Not To AP? Answers To Commonly-Asked Questions

One of the most commonly asked questions in our practice is: “Does it matter if I take AP courses or not?” The answer depends on what courses are the right fit for the individual student, and what the student’s aspirations are.

Will I Be Able To Handle The Work?

The first and what might seem like an obvious consideration is whether the student can handle the course work in an AP class. If a student is working hard and feeling stressed with schoolwork or routinely staying up to the wee…

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