College Application Tips

College Essay Writing Tips

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College Essay Writing Tips

I meet with a lot of students; those who struggle to make average grades to those whose grades exceed a 4.0 GPA. One thing is for certain, almost all of my students dread writing the main personal essay. There are a few eager students who look forward to it but, by and large almost all of them, no matter their writing skill (or grade in English) are surprised at how difficult this writing can be and the number of edits it can take to tell their story. Steven Pinker of The Wall Street Journal author of an article titled, “When Being Too Smart Ruins Writing” discusses the assumption people...

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How To Find The Perfect College For You

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How To Find The Perfect College For You

Seniors, as you consider where you’re going to spend your next few years, remember this mantra by Frank Bruni, author of, “Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be.” You will still be you, and what you do and how you handle challenges and opportunities represents who you are, not the sticker on the back of your car. So, choose and find the perfect college for you, and use these tips to help you with that decision. The first thing to consider is the academic offerings at the institution: Does it have your program or alternatives in case you change majors? (Statistically, over...

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5 Tips for Student-Athletes

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5 Tips for Student-Athletes

“You’re not that good.” A shrewd coach I know uses that line to motivate the athletes he feels have real potential. Doubtless there are parents that will raise an eyebrow at his method, but the reality is he’s a successful coach, with an eye for talent, and if he’s not annoying players with his one-liners, then those kids may not be that good. We meet a lot of students who dream of playing their sport at the college level and parents who dream of big scholarships to pay for their child’s education. In our local area there are a lot of kids with extraordinary talent and many of...

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How to Create a College Application Resume

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How to Create a College Application Resume

When you think about building a college application “resume,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? How long it is? How many activities you can squeeze into 4-years of high school? How many awards and accolades you can rack up? Are you always worried about how this activity or that club or community service project will look to a college admissions officer? Do you feel overwhelmed by all you are involved with? Before you create a college application resume, your first step is to BREATHE. That’s right, take a step back, and breathe. You are not superhuman, you do not have more...

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From Middle-to-High School: How Parents Can Help

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From Middle-to-High School: How Parents Can Help

The move to high school can be an exciting time for your child. They may be feeling as if they’ve outgrown middle school and are ready to move on. Or, they can be nervous and worried about being a high school freshman. Here are some ways to help your child make the adjustment and to thrive. 1) Emphasize learning and creating a lifelong learner. Hard as it is, focus on your student’s efforts not their grades. You’ll know whether the effort was put in and if they did their best, then congratulate them for doing just that. 2) Be sure your child is learning not just “doing” their...

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UC & Balance!

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UC & Balance!

It’s a busy time of year in admissions offices across the country, including the nine campuses that make up the University of California system, as schools begin to welcome their new first year students in the weeks to come. Preliminary numbers from the UC’s show, once again, there is a big demand for a seat in one of the schools. Returning to first place again this year is UCLA, followed UC Berkeley and UC San Diego as the top three schools to receive the most applications. The UC application numbers for each are as follows: UCLA: 86,472; UC Berkeley: 73,711; San Diego: 73,437;...

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