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Nov 08, 2016

LinkedIn: An Emerging Tool for College Applicants

The New York Times: “Public schools from San Francisco to New York City are teaching online conduct skills as part of a nationwide digital citizenship push to prepare students for colleges and careers. Teenagers who set up LinkedIn profiles in the hope of enhancing their college prospects represent the vanguard of this trend. But the phenomenon of ambitious high school students on LinkedIn also demonstrates how social networks are playing a role in the escalation of the college admissions arms race.”

“For high school students, LinkedIn is partly a defense mechanism against college admissions officers who snoop on applicants’ public Facebook and Twitter activities — without disclosing how that may affect an applicant’s chance of acceptance. A recent study from Kaplan Test Prep of about 400 college admissions officers reported that 40 percent said they had visited applicants’ social media pages, a fourfold increase since 2008.”

“Some high school students are establishing LinkedIn profiles to give the colleges that do look something they would like them to find … To attract high school students, LinkedIn in 2013 dropped its minimum age requirement for members in the United States to 14 from 18. Since then, the site has had a significant increase in high school users.”

May 19, 2016

Top Universities

What does it take to get into a top university?

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Apr 07, 2016

The Just Right College List - Part 1

This season, colleges reported a record number of applicants, making it even harder to get in. What does this mean to current high-school students? It means you need to put together the right list of colleges for you. Juniors should be working on their “college list” now. Putting together a smart list is the key to having lots of options and success. What makes a good list?

First and foremost is academic match. What types of students were accepted recently? What level of grades and scores did they have? How much rigor (how many AP and honors courses) is expected? What is your academic vision and which schools will help you get there?

Next post we'll get to selectivity and curriculum.

Jun 09, 2015

The Common Application

The Common Application allows you to apply to many colleges with just one application. Learn to use it strategically.

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Apr 17, 2015

College Essay Tips

Five college essay tips to make you stand out.

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Feb 19, 2015

College Admission Essay

Why is the college admission essay important and how can it help you get in?

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Nov 21, 2014

Time for Resume Building

Colleges are looking for interesting students who have passion and are accomplished. Authenticity is key. Do what you love and take it in many directions.Of course, if you can win competitions, solo in concerts, and get elected to leadership positions, that all counts. However, there are even more ways you can “deepen your hook,” by looking for opportunities to apply your expertise.

For example, the horseback rider who not only competes but also finds paid work in a barn caring for horses, volunteers at a horse rescue program and organizes “pony birthday parties,” has a more impressive story to tell. The possibilities are endless – shadow a horse veterinarian, work in a horse apparel store and groom at a horseshow.

Keep in mind the “two I’s” – initiative and impact. Take the initiative to seek out opportunities, such as writing and submitting a piece to the town newspaper on “Finding the Best Riding Lessons.” Activities that have impact provide a positive effect to many people, and are highly valued by college admissions officers. For instance, our equestrian could start a therapeutic riding program for handicapped children in her local area. With such a complete resume, demonstrating her dedication, this horseback rider would be very credible applying to college as a pre-veterinary student who plans to join the college equestrian team, assuming she has the academic profile.

So, what is your passion and where will you take it? Don’t do activities “just for college;” choose what you enjoy, pursue it on many levels, and have a great time!

Jun 16, 2014

Appropriate Essays

In yesterday’s New York Times Op–Ed piece, The Naked Confessions of the College Bound, Frank Bruni talks about students who get so personal in the college essay, that it crosses the line into inappropriateness.

On the one hand, students are told to get personal in the essay and to stand out. Telling the story about how you won the race is a real yawn to college admissions officers. They want to know what you are all about, what makes you tick, what makes you unique.

Students do need to make it personal and answer the unasked question about who they are. However, we are all many different things – some are negative and some are positive. Show the admissions officers your positive side. Yes, it is okay to describe how you have struggled. Transformations make for powerful essays; transformations to something better. Show your growth, which can start in a negative place. In order to have value in a college essay, it should end in a more positive place.

And what about appropriateness? Think of a PG movie. It can still have a fascinating story, however dirty language and topics are off limits.

I ask students many questions – to find their story. It is the story of who they are. And if they tell it – honestly and authentically, it is exactly what is needed.

Jun 16, 2014

Appropriate Essays

In yesterday’s New York Times Op–Ed piece, The Naked Confessions of the College Bound, Frank Bruni talks about students who get so personal in the college essay, that it crosses the line into inappropriateness.

On the one hand, students are told to get personal in the essay and to stand out. Telling the story about how you won the race is a real yawn to college admissions officers. They want to know what you are all about, what makes you tick, what makes you unique.

Students do need to make it personal and answer the unasked question about who they are. However, we are all many different things – some are negative and some are positive. Show the admissions officers your positive side. Yes, it is okay to describe how you have struggled. Transformations make for powerful essays; transformations to something better. Show your growth, which can start in a negative place. In order to have value in a college essay, it should end in a more positive place.

And what about appropriateness? Think of a PG movie. It can still have a fascinating story, however dirty language and topics are off limits.

I ask students many questions – to find their story. It is the story of who they are. And if they tell it – honestly and authentically, it is exactly what is needed.

May 20, 2014

College Admission Tips

College Admission - learn what it takes to get into college and be a success.

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