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December 15, 2020
You’ve Been Deferred from your Early Decision College

Introduction You poured your heart and soul into this application. It was your top choice college, your dream school. Yet, they sent you a polite yet terse ‘denial’ letter. You felt shocked; or perhaps you said, “it’s okay. I didn’t think I’d get in my top choice anyway.” The questions now are, what next? Do[…]

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December 1, 2020
Improved Study Skills for 2020

Introduction Looking at some recently released Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) data, the results couldn’t be more revealing. Covid 19 turned elite college admissions into a frenzy. Dartmouth, Yale and MIT ED/EA applications rose 29%, 38% and 62%, respectively (source: J Robinovitz). With Stanford’s overall admissions rate hovering at 4%, competition to enroll[…]

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November 1, 2020
Are You Interested in the Harvard/MIT MD – PhD Program?

Perhaps immersion in both clinical and scientific education appeals to you. A classmate of my son in the Harvard Medical School’s Graduate Program in Medical Immunology, Bob, suffered with a personal battle with Type I Diabetes. As many of you know, this form of diabetes carries a heavy cost to the pancreas does not properly[…]

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October 1, 2020
Stand Out from the Competition Series: Earn a Double Major or Joint Degrees

Why is it so difficult to get into elite colleges and universities like Harvard, Princeton and Yale (HPY)? The fundamental reason is that more students than ever are getting both exceptional GPAs and perfect or near perfect SAT/ACT/MCAT/GMAT scores. In addition, applicant’s personal and athletic achievements today are unparalleled. Colleges that used to attract students[…]

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September 1, 2020
Building the Optimal College List

There are over 4000 colleges and universities in the United States. Perhaps 500 can be considered “of quality.” 350 can be thought of as among the best. According to Howard Greene, 32 are listed as public schools of similar quality to the Ivy League Universities. He also considers another 63 as “Hidden" gems, comparable to[...]

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July 15, 2020
Measure What Matters to Get into the Ivy League

Adapted from John Doerr’s book entitled ‘Measure What Matters’   There are several ways to keep you on track toward accomplishing  your goals. Some simply develop goals. Others define their mission of today and vision of tomorrow. A more comprehensive approach is to add an annual strategic plan, quarterly objectives and key results and lastly[…]

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June 1, 2020
Applying to Yale as an International Student

Adapted from Victoria Lim’s Vlog from her You Tube Channel Academics Matter but you do not need to be Valedictorian It is obvious that great colleges want to see great grades in rigorous coursework. Excluding Cornell, the Ivy League still requires SAT/ACT scores. SAT Subject Tests are optional in the Ivies, except for Yale in[…]

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May 1, 2020
The Checklist Manifesto and Getting into Stanford

Adapted from New York Time’s Bestselling book by Atul Gawande entitled, “the Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right Imagine a commercial airplane about to disembark from the gateway. On this winter day, the snow forecast is for 8 inches of snow and high winds. The pilots are skilled and experienced, yet the weather forecast[…]

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April 1, 2020
Covid 19 and College Admissions: Uncertainty and How to Cope

“Humans are adept at deception. We deceive others to our intentions, our beliefs and our actions. But more impactful are the ways we deceive ourselves.” -Claire Fox   These are interesting times. I cannot think of a more traumatic or transformational period in my life than right now. Initially, we heard of an uncommonly virulent[…]

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April 1, 2020
How to Win Friends and Influence People

If your goal is to make friends easily, get people to agree with your way of thinking and get more things done, then this is the book for you. Written by Dale Carnegie in 1936, this book still stands the test of time; and is as relevant as ever. The book highlights the following points.[…]

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