Category Archive: Third Culture Kids

Dec 08

The Key To Ivy League Admission…

“Ivy League admissions teams, like admissions teams at most elite colleges, share the following trait in common: an obsession with metrics in ascertaining candidate worthiness. If you come from a poor and minority home, where no one had ever achieved more than a high school diploma, there’s a positive score for that. If your insanely …

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Nov 15

Confessions Of An Application Reader- UC Berkeley

“A HIGHLY qualified student, with a 3.95 unweighted grade point average and 2300 on the SAT, was not among the top-ranked engineering applicants to the University of California, Berkeley. He had perfect 800s on his subject tests in math and chemistry, a score of 5 on five Advanced Placement exams, musical talent and, in one …

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Oct 20

How can students get ready for college if their high school counselors aren’t college ready?

Families assume counselors are trained to help students make postsecondary plans based on individual goals, skills, interests and needs, but when it comes to college, that’s rarely the case. The American School Counselor Association lists 466 colleges and universities that offer counselor education programs, but the National Association for College Admission Counseling lists only 31 …

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Aug 04

The Confessions of a College Application Reader

Get inside information on the thoughts and process of a college application reader. Who are the readers of college applications? Hear it firsthand from a reader at UC-Berkeley. Applications were given “about eight minutes of attention.” “First and foremost, the process is confusingly subjective, despite all the objective criteria I was trained to examine.” “Should …

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Mar 10

Third Culture Kids and US Colleges

Are you a Third Culture Kid (TCK)? These are people who have backgrounds from different cultures and have lived in various locations, not really knowing where home actually is. Some say, wherever they currently live is home. These are very interesting people who know a lot about diversity. When I help TCKs find colleges in …

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