Jun 10

Harvard Rescinds 10 Admissions

This is one of the reasons I tell my students to clean up their social media. If you are embarrassed to show your parents your social media pages, you must clean them up! Here’s what happened to some students who were admitted to Harvard. Their offers were rescinded.

“Harvard College rescinded admissions offers to at least ten prospective members of the Class of 2021 after the students traded sexually explicit memes and messages that sometimes targeted minority groups in a private Facebook group chat.” Click here to read more.    See news video here.

Jun 03

When a Friend Chooses a College, Be Happy or Be Quiet

“People would have to be pretty oblivious to social cues to offer their two cents about an important, personal decision after that decision had already been made with great care.

And so it is with choosing a college.

The luckiest students are surrounded by supportive peers, teachers and family members. The benefit of this good fortune is that these students are the frequent recipients of well-intentioned advice. The burden is that these students are the frequent recipients of well-intentioned advice.” Click here to read more.

May 20

Is Your Child Addicted To Video Games?

Are you concerned that your child may be addicted to video games?

“It’s certainly common to hear parents complain that their children are ‘addicted’ to video games. Some researchers even claim that these games are comparable to illegal drugs in terms of their influence on the brain…Click here to read more.

 

 

May 13

Where the 2017 Tony Nominees Went To College

Take a look at this list of alma maters for this year’s Tony Award nominees. Click here. 

May 07

Skipping The College Tour

It’s highly recommended you read this article before you begin visiting colleges.

“It’s challenging to imagine attending a college we haven’t seen yet, so visiting the campus — to take a tour, meet students, get the lay of the land — seems like a prerequisite to making a good decision. But visiting a college is not the same as being a student there, and this distinction matters a lot, because of the many ways in which our imagination misleads us.”   Click here  for more.

Apr 08

Five People Worth Talking To On Your College Visit

Don’t just sit in on the college’s presentation or just take the guided tour!

“Most college visit advice focuses on the immediately practical: Ask the admission office what activities are available to you. Check to see if appointments are needed in advance. Leave plenty of time for parking. Take pictures. Take notes. And above all else, talk to people outside the admission office.

The most obvious candidates are students. No one else can tell you what it’s like to live and study at a particular college, so seize the opportunity. (Don’t know what to ask? Try ‘What surprised you about this place?’ The answer never disappoints.) Beyond students, professors are a close second. But who else?” Click here to read more.

 

Apr 02

5 Questions Asked By a Harvard Admissions Interviewer

”’What have you read recently?’
With this question, Bayor says she would try to determine how intellectually curious and engaged in the world the students were.

“You want someone basically who is already at an adult level in terms of their ability to have a conversation, their ability to have many, many topics that are high level,” she says.

‘What’s the last cultural event you went to’ or ‘What have you done or seen lately?’
Bayor says she would also look for exposure and awareness.’  Read more by clicking here.

Feb 26

ACT Announces New Summer Test Date

“Starting in 2018, ACT will begin offering students the opportunity to take the ACT in the summer.  The first summer test date will take place in July, 2018 increasing the number of national ACT test dates from six to seven.”  Read press release by clicking here.

Feb 19

Nearly 40,000 Apply To Harvard – College Class Of ’21

“Applications for admission to Harvard College rose to nearly 40,000 this year, with a record 39,494 students applying, up 1.2 percent from last year….

Countering a national trend, interest in the humanities has been rising at Harvard. This year, applicants with an interest in the field saw a 3 percent increase from last year’s applicant pool.” Click here to read more.

Feb 11

New 2017-18 Common Application Essay Questions Are Out

The 2017-2018 common application essay prompts are now out. Take a look at them to get a head start.

“Working in close consultation with the counselors and admission officers on our advisory committees, we revised these prompts in a way that we believe will help students see expanded opportunities for expressing themselves. Those revisions appear in italics. You will also notice two new prompts. The first asks students to share examples of their intellectual curiosity. The second is a return to inviting students to submit an essay on a topic of their choice, reframed to help students understand that they are welcome to draw inspiration from multiple sources, not just their own creativity.” Click here to see the new prompts.

 

 

 

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