Aug 21

4 Behaviors That Professors Love

Too many students do not know how to network and how to develop professional relationships that can help them. This is an excellent article that works for high school students, too!

“The rapports that you create with your professors can greatly influence your college experience — both inside and outside the classroom. Cultivating strong connections with your instructors can even benefit you throughout the course of your professional career. But how do you begin to develop these relationships?” Click here to read more.

Aug 08

Five Things Applicants Need to Know About the 2016-2017 Common App

“Whether you have an account from last year, or you haven’t created one yet – that’s great.” This is a very helpful article from the folks at the Common App. Read more by clicking here.

Jul 31

The Agony Of College Choice And How To Get Through It

As I work with my students through the college choice and application process, I believe this article to be very informative and helpful.

“It’s hard choosing among so many colleges and universities; how can families minimize anxiety during the process?…

In the process, one question often remains unasked, although it’s often evident in every other question: ‘What if I pick the wrong school?’

Leaving aside the complexities of financing a college education, here are some tips that may help you and your kids bring the anxiety level down a few notches…”

With a wonderful conclusion: “Actively celebrate your choice and your future. Schwartz calls this practicing an ‘attitude of gratitude.’ The college you choose has also chosen you. That means a great deal. They’re betting that you’ll come to campus, succeed, and be a credit to the institution. To be chosen is an honor and it’s now up to you to be worthy of it. Say thanks to the admission committee and your recommenders, buy the sweatshirt, find out who your roommate(s) will be, check out the course catalogue and consider the clubs and teams you’d like to be on. See where alumni have gone. Let go of all the craziness that’s plagued you for the last 18 months.” Click here to read more.

Jul 10

Recommended College Interviews

“I noticed that a number of colleges ‘recommend’ or ‘highly recommend’ an admissions interview. My own institution uses this same phrase in our viewbook and on our website. But, I bet there are plenty of families who may not know what exactly a college really wants.

So, in this case, I have to side with the mom who thinks it’s a good idea to interview at a college that recommends it. She’s right on this one”

Dr. Wolosoff works with students in mock interview settings to improve interview results. Click here to read more.

Jul 03

This Is What Keeps Students, Parents Up At Night

“From getting into your first-choice school to moving away from home, going to college is stressful. But more than anything, the top concern parents and students share these days is paying the tab and any ensuing debt burden, according to The Princeton Review’s 2016 College Hopes & Worries survey….

The Princeton Review also asked the 10,000 respondents their advice for next year’s applicants. The most common response: ‘start early.'”

Read more here.

Jun 26

2 Extra Years In College Could Cost You Almost $300,000

It’s very important to review colleges’ graduation statistics and retention rates because the longer a student stays in college, the more costs are incurred. In fact, sometimes what might seem like a less expensive route, for example, state schools, can end up costing more when students are closed out of courses they need and are forced to graduate later. This is an important discussion I have with my students and their parents.

“One extra year could cost students $147,026 at a public college or $155,244 at a private college in combined real and opportunity costs. Two extra years could cost students $282,691 at a public college or $298,995 at a private college in combined real and opportunity costs….

Among bachelor’s degree seekers who began school in 2008, only 40% graduated in four years, while 60% completed a degree in six years, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.” Read more here.

Jun 13

The Power of Introverts

Are you a quiet child? Do you have a quiet child?
What are the best ways for introverts to prepare for college and adjust to campus life?

Listen to interesting podcasts by Susan Cain on this subject by clicking here.

Jun 05

Colleges’ Low Acceptance Rates

Take a look at the damage done by those low acceptance rates.

“Those inculcated with the idea that only a high status college will do for their post-secondary lives must endure a four-year slog through high school to position themselves for a virtually impossible result.”

See how many students “fell during ‘The Charge of the Bright Brigade'”. Click here to see the chart and more.

May 15

Why Your New SAT Score Is Not As Strong As You Think It Is

This is an important article about the new SAT.

“Many college-bound students across America are celebrating this week what appear to be impressive results from the revised SAT. But in general the scores are not as strong as they seem at first glance.”  Read more by clicking here.

May 08

Who Gets Accepted?

“What It Takes–
How does Stanford’s undergraduate admissions staff decide who gets accepted? Short answer: It’s complicated….

Even perfect test scores don’t guarantee admission. Far from it: 69 percent of Stanford’s applicants over the past five years with SATs of 2400—the highest score possible—didn’t get in….

‘When [Stanford] takes students,’ says Figueroa, who, as an admissions officer at Wesleyan University was profiled in The Gatekeepers (2002), ‘you can often see they are not taking just a number. They are taking the personality, the talent. They are taking the contributions that aren’t always obvious at first glance. I see it firsthand with my own students who apply—who gets admitted and who doesn’t.'”

Click here to read more.

 

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