[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Today is the last day of 2018 (and also, my birthday!) I love that my birthday is the last day of the year because it gives me another reason to reflect: What worked in 2018? What didn’t work in 2018? What did I learn in 2018? What about 2018...

Your Child's New Year's Resolutions

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Back in high school, I never really reflected back on what I accomplished, what mistakes I made, or how I wanted my next year to look like. I never set specific goals...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Wake up. Attend classes. Eat lunch. Come home. After-school commitment (i.e. soccer practice, Robotics club, etc.) Complete homework assignments. Study for quizzes/tests. Eat dinner. Study more. Sleep at 1 am. REPEAT. To beat the college admissions competition, high school students are overloading AP/IB classes, taking on more commitments than ever before, and staying up past midnight to make sure they ace their tests. Even if...

The Activities Ivy Leagues Want to See

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]I’ve lost track of how many times parents have asked me: “What are we missing?” You’re probably wondering the same. Just when you start to feel confident about preparing your child for success, you hear through the grapevine that one of her classmates just got accepted for a summer internship. And you wonder, should we...

What You Need to Get Accepted into your Dream College

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]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...

5 HUGE Mistakes to Avoid in High School

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Today, I’ll be sharing 5 mistakes that thousands of high school students and parents make when navigating through the college admissions journey.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="28px"][vc_column_text] Mistake #1: Trying to get as many awards and certificates as possible [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="28px"][vc_column_text]Proud of AMC 10? Awards from Robotics Club? Certificates from Johns Hopkins? When it comes to obtaining certificates and...

How to Find Passion: Insider secrets to discovering what your child does best

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Today, we are going to talk about Julia Child -- an American chef, author, and television personality who was famous for bringing French cuisine to the American public, both through her cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, as well as through her television programs.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="28px"][vc_single_image image="18395" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space height="28px"][vc_column_text]To be honest,...

The One Mistake Colleges Find in Almost Every Application

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Colleges receive thousands upon thousands of applications.  And yet, every year, this same mistake appears in so many of them.  So what "mistake" am I referring to?  Allow to me to explain with a little story...

The Ultimate Checklist for 9th Grade Students

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]When I create helpful PDF booklets or write blog posts for my students and parents, my #1 goal is to make every strategy actionable. What would be the point of giving you these strategies if they were too difficult to implement?[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="28px"][vc_column_text]Related: Top 3 Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="28px"][vc_column_text]So today, I’m...

8 Questions to Ask your Child

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]When I start consulting new students about college, quite often, I come across this conversation pattern: “What are you interested in?” “Nothing much.” “What do you like to do?” “I don’t know.” “What makes you happy? What are you good at?” “I don’t know...