Congratulations to the soon-to-be or recent graduates! Now is a good time to take stock of how prepared you are for the independence of college living—and what you might need to shore up before you pack up in the fall.
Here are five things you need to know before you go to college:
1. How to manage money
Some college students may open a bank account on or near campus, while others may continue to use a current account electronically. If you don’t know how to create a budget, monitor spending…
The main college essay in the Common Application is often referred to as a personal statement. Why personal? Because the essay should help the reader gain insight into who the student is as a person. It’s an essay that should be introspective and reflect what is meaningful to you.
Before you turn to the empty document on your computer screen to start writing, it is essential that you spend some time thinking—about your life, your values and the memories you hold dear. Keep in mind…
Fall of senior year is here and it is time to decide if you will take advantage of test-optional policies or report your official ACT or SAT scores to colleges.
1: Decide if you are submitting scores.
Check the college’s website to determine if it is “test-optional.” Most colleges have continued their test-optional policies. If tests are required, you must report or send your best ACT or SAT score(s). Plan ahead because some colleges require the scores to be in your file by the application…
The Common Application, accepted by over 1000 colleges, launched on August 1st. While the application is pretty straightforward, here are some things to look for as you register and complete it.
1. Keep Track of Your Registration Information. Record your password along with the email address you used at registration time so you can easily access it. You may think you will remember it, but we have learned from our students’ experiences that this is often not the case.
Before 1975, every college had a separate paper application that needed to be individually hand written or typed and sent via snail mail.The Common Application was introduced that year to provide a single application that could be completed once and sent to all schools.
Check out this list of off-beat majors. There might be something here you never even imagined you could study in college.
Entertainment Engineering and Design
Do you love roller coasters? Do you wonder how Aquatica Orlando built its new 60-foot Ray Rush raft ride that ends in a plunge down a waterfall? Do you find yourself sketching ideas for a new Star Wars galaxy attraction? Then maybe a career as a theme park engineer is in your future. University of Nevada
The heart-wrenching story of The Radium Girls meets the enchanting world of Howl’s Moving Castle in a story of timeless love and deadly consequences…A powerful and romantic adventure set in a whimsically magical world.
Even as the seniors begin the agonizing wait for their college admissions letters, juniors are starting to think about the college process. Devoting a couple of hours to researching colleges will help you evaluate which colleges meet your criteria for the college search and will help you decide which colleges to visit.
Get a Good Guidebook: Although a lot of information is readily available online, a good college guidebook, such as the Fiske Guide (which clients can find in …
Many colleges ask a variation on the “Why do you want to attend our college?” question. Their goal is to determine how well you know yourself and their college, if you have interests and ideas about what you want to gain from your college experience, and to see if you are a good fit for the school. Keep these tips in mind as you write your “Why Us?” essay.
1. Be interesting. Students applying to a popular Washington D.C. college often send us a first draft to this type of question…
High school students often imagine a career as a doctor. Maybe it’s because they or someone they love has been through a challenging medical experience; maybe they have always been interested in the human body and how it works; maybe they’ve spent a lot of time watching “Grey’s Anatomy” on Netflix. Whatever the reason, many students talk about being “premed” in college. What exactly does that mean and what are some ways to make that dream a reality?