Waitlists and Rejections : Moving Ahead and Moving On

College acceptance letters have been rolling out the past month and with them an outpouring of anxiety, hope and excitement from high school students. Even though they’ve applied to a handful or two of great colleges, students may have a “dream” school – one that they’re waiting on the edge of their seat to see if they got into. The verdict from a student’s …

College Visits : Finding a Good Fit

As the sun starts to shine and the snow starts to melt, students all over the United States are traveling to visit colleges. Juniors are checking out prospective schools to apply to and seniors are taking one more look before they make their final decisions. Our previous posts about college visits – The College Visit: Part 1 and Part 2 – give a …

The College Interview

Students are getting in their applications for college – many have submitted their early decision, early action, and/or priority deadline schools’ applications and are moving onto the “regular” decision schools. Some colleges offer interview opportunities when students get to campus; others selectively invite students who have already applied. Make a first impression. When you first meet the interviewer, it is …

Should I Take the PSAT?

The PSAT is the so-called pretest for the SAT (it is known as the Preliminary SAT). The test is produced by the College Board (the same test maker as the SAT). The PSAT covers critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills just like its older brother, the SAT. The PSAT is typically offered once during the week and …

Focus Your Essay on You

Writing the college essay, for many students, is a daunting task. I’ve talked a few times about what to include and how to go about writing these essays. But, as I continue to work with many, many students on their essays, a common theme emerges every year. Students are often thinking about word limits. 500, 650, 250 words to get …

ACT & SAT: Beginning of Prep to Final Push

With school underway, many seniors are giving the final push to boost their score on the ACT and/or SAT. At the same time, juniors should begin thinking about which test and test date is best for them. For Juniors Juniors need to start thinking medium-term about the standardized tests coming up. Both the SAT and ACT are offered numerous times …

Recommendations: Who, When, How?

As school gets back underway, seniors will begin approaching teachers for recommendations for college. But, who do you pick to be your teacher recommendations?How do you approach them? Can you get recommendations from non-teachers? Who to Choose Teacher recommendations should come from junior year core subject (math, science, social studies, English and/or foreign language) teachers. Having to dig back to earlier …

How do you spend your free time?

Earning good grades and receiving high test scores are an important part of high school, but what about the time a student spends outside of the classroom? Extracurricular activities enhance a student’s high school experience and they also help students develop important skills, such as interpersonal, time-management, and organizational skills.  When to get involved and how involved a student should get …

Back to School Tips for High School Students

After a long summer break, it’s tough to get back into the swing of things.  The beginning of the school year is a hectic time – navigating through new classes and working with new professors requires students to be focused and organized.  Luckily we have a few tips to help students start strong and continue to stay motivated throughout the …

ED, EDII, REA, SCEA… What do they all mean?

Different schools typically offer various types of admission options.  Each school is different and thus it’s important for a student to double check the admission options of his or her desired college.  Each type of admission option is either binding or nonbinding.  Binding requires the student to commit to an academic institution while nonbinding means there is no commitment to …