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July 1, 2021
The Harvard Admissions Process: the Ratings Scale

Introduction Harvard, arguably the top academic institution in the world, maintains highly selective and until recently a mystical admissions process. Princeton, Stanford and Oxford Universities, obviously take issue with Harvard’s perception and allure. That is for perhaps another blog. Today we focus on who gets considered to reside at Harvard Yard. As you can imagine,[…]

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June 15, 2021
Writing an Effective College Personal Statement

Introduction Your personal statement is a critical component of your college application. But why is this so? You have your grades and possibly your SAT/ACT/Subject Tests. Shouldn’t they tell the full story? Well….. perhaps in India, China or Japan where objective measures determine your ascent and collegiate trajectory. In America, colleges use a holistic approach[…]

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May 1, 2021
What are Colleges Looking For? Part 2

Introduction Too often students decide on a dream school like it is the only school in the world they can succeed in. Obviously, this perspective in naïve. Abundant are the students denied by their dream school, only to flourish at another. Given that there are over 4000 four-year colleges in the US, and at least[…]

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April 1, 2021
How to Write a College Personal Statement

Introduction The primary purpose of the personal statement is to look beyond the data that is GPA, SAT/ACT and AP exams. The essay helps the student clarity their thoughts and goals, and assists the college learn about the student’s interests, personality and future potential. Recall that the admissions process is holistic, a review of the[…]

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March 23, 2021
How To Create a Great Resume for the High School Student

Introduction The primary purpose of the resume is to present employers and others with a targeted summary of who you are, especially your priorities, interests and accomplishments. A well-constructed resume provides adults the ability to quickly scan your academic, pre-professional and personal history. An essential feature of your resume must differentiate you from other candidates.[…]

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March 1, 2021
Key Information You’ll Need before Transferring Colleges

Introduction You applied to college, spending considerable effort and money on your applications. You were happy with the college you committed to. Yet now a year a so into college, you are underwhelmed & dissatisfied. What should you do? Is it time to look for another college? Perhaps you didn’t get into one of your[…]

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February 15, 2021
What Are the Top Colleges Looking For?

Introduction You’ve earned great grades and scored well on your SAT and/or ACT. Is that enough? Well…… Yes and No! According to Socrates, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” He meant that without self-discovery, self-reflection and self-assessment, how can you envision the perfect future; and thus plan for it. There are more than 4000[…]

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February 1, 2021
The College Board Reports the End of the SAT Subject Tests

Introduction The College Board just announced that SAT subject tests are discontinued, effective immediately in the U.S., and internationally in June 2021. Outline The Why What do the Top Colleges say? What does this mean for you? The Why One reason behind the College Board’s decision to remove SAT subject tests is that most top[…]

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January 1, 2021
You’re a Junior and it’s Time to Build a College List

Introduction You knew you were always going to college. It was a reality you knew since middle school. It wasn’t debatable, nor negotiable. College was in your future. Now it is time to decide among which colleges will you apply. In this blog, we’ll help you navigate this process. Outline Know Thyself Know the Destination[…]

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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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