Category Archive: Ivy League

Apr 24

Where College Admissions Went Wrong

Did you know? “According to a 2013 article published in Stanford’s alumni journal, more than two-thirds—69 percent—of the college’s applicants in the previous five years with perfect SAT scores didn’t get in…. ‘What students do over four years in high school is more important than what they do on a Saturday morning,’ ‘The kid who’s …

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Apr 10

Procrastination: Some Valuable Insight

Tim Urban, co founder of Arbor Bridge presents on Ted Talk about procrastination. Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator Are you a procrastinator? What does that mean? Click here to hear the TED Talk.

Apr 03

Advice College Admissions Officers Give Their Own Kids

“Here are some of the questions she plans to ask her own kid: Do you like the idea of being the smartest student in your class or surrounded by really smart kids? Is it important to find a specific course of study or to have a wide range of options? Do you like the idea …

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Mar 06

I Said We’d Never Hire A College Admissions Adviser. Then We Did.

“As I watched my friends with teenagers begin the college search process, I quietly judged those who hired a college admissions adviser. Certainly the admissions process is hard, but hiring someone to help your kid through the process? That’s something that “those” parents do, and we were not going to be those parents. Those are …

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Jan 31

To get into college, Harvard report advocates for kindness instead of overachieving

This is an excellent article about new thoughts from Harvard on what it takes to get accepted. “For the last four years she has thrown herself into her school work, taken AP classes, studied for the SAT, worked on the school paper, played on the field hockey team and tutored elementary school children. Yet as …

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Dec 07

What Parents Can Do To Foster A Lifetime Love Of Learning-Are you doing enough?

Over the many years I have been consulting with students, the one thing that is often the missing ingredient to their admissions prospects and lifetime goals, is a love of learning. The focus tends to be on grades to the almost exclusion of pure curiosity and learning for its own sake. A love of learning …

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Nov 15

Ten Ways Colleges Work You Over

Must Read! Your many questions are answered in this excellent article. Some topics include: #1 Just because a school encourages you to apply doesn’t mean they actually want you #2 A college may not be as selective as it seems. #3 You may be rejected or wait-listed at a college simply because you are not …

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Nov 08

If Students Are Smart, They’ll Major in What They Love

Some students and parents believe that students must know what they want to do in life before they enter college, at the age of 17 or 18 years old. “The premise that choosing a major is choosing a career rests on the faulty notion that ‘the major’ is important for its content, and that the …

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Oct 20

2016 SATs Will Put Stronger Emphasis on Graphic Literacy

The New Design of the SAT in more than a decade! “Along with other updates, test takers of the March 2016 exam will encounter graphics not only in the math section as in past years but also in the reading and writing and language portions. Students will be asked to interpret information presented in tables, …

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Sep 20

I Said We’d Never Hire A College Admissions Adviser. Then We Did.

This is a very insightful NY Times article on hiring a college admissions adviser. Over the years that I have been an independent college consultant, I have heard this from many parents who had then hired me to counsel their children through the college admissions process. “In spite of our bravura, we had been in …

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