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The WORST College Admissions Advice You’ll Ever Get

The WORST College Admissions Advice You’ll Ever Get

Two years ago, one of my seniors insisted that he wanted to apply to more than 12 schools. Because he entered my senior application program later than my other rising seniors, he already had a preliminary college list, which he had personally cultivated over the previous 3-4 years. After reviewing his choices, I warned him that applying to 12 or
When to take the SAT/ACT

When to take the SAT/ACT

While we’ve all heard that the college application process is “holistic” (and it is), we can’t ignore the fact that students with higher SAT and ACT scores are admitted at a higher rate than students with lower scores. So it’s important that your child strategically plans WHEN to take the SAT or ACT. You might wonder… “can’t we just take

How to Get over Social Media Addiction

A few months ago, a mom with a teenager from Princeton, NJ reached out to me for help. “How can I tell if my son is addicted to technology? At what point do I need to seek professional help?” And I’m sure that you’ve asked yourself this question too because… Your daughter is on her Instagram account in between homework
What You Need to Get Accepted into your Dream College

What You Need to Get Accepted into your Dream College: The Formula for Success

When I was in 10th grade, I worked with a counselor. Although he was so popular for getting students accepted into prestigious colleges, I hated going into our monthly sessions. The reason? He was telling me what to do without really understanding who I was. He told me to get straight A’s, get the best SAT score (and when I
How to Volunteer the Right Way (1)

How to Volunteer the Right Way

The world of college admissions has somehow implanted a stubborn belief that volunteering is a critical component of getting accepted into Ivy Leagues and top tier colleges. As I’ve been working in the college admissions industry for nearly 10 years now, let me share with you what I’ve been realizing over and over again: Not every 15-year old wants to
5 HUGE Mistakes to Avoid in High School

5 HUGE Mistakes to Avoid in High School

Today, I’ll be sharing 5 mistakes that thousands of high school students and parents make when navigating through the college admissions journey. Mistake #1: Trying to get as many awards and certificates as possible Proud of AMC 10? Awards from Robotics Club? Certificates from Johns Hopkins? When it comes to obtaining certificates and awards, students and parents get obsessed with
3 Surprising Factors for Getting Accepted Into Your Dream College

3 Surprising Factors for Getting Accepted Into Your Dream College

You’ve probably heard how important GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and stellar college essays are in the college admissions game. As a parent, you’re doing a fantastic job providing all the resources and tutors for your child. I want to applaud you for supporting your child in unimaginable ways! To help you out even more, I’m going to share 3 surprising factors

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