[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]So it’s time to start writing your essay for your college application. This is it. The ONE that’s going to get you into your dream Ivy League/Top-Tier school. As you start typing your first draft, you have so much you want to say. Or maybe you actually have nothing to say. With your college essays, you want to make sure the admissions officers are convinced that you’re an exceptional student. Because you are. You just...

[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]We often look to our parents for advice. As an immigrant family, however, there was one life experience my parents couldn’t advise me on: the college admissions process. When I started looking for ways to stand out on my college applications my junior year of high school, I was completely clueless about where to start. So, I took the advice everyone gives: “Get involved!” Boy, was I involved. I was an active member of...

Who ACTUALLY gets into Ivy Leagues?

[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]Do you think that Ivy Leagues are students with straight A’s and perfect SAT scores with pages and pages of extracurriculars and accomplishments? If you said yes, I’ve got news for you...

[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 am I most grateful for? Likewise, I’d like to apply this to my college consulting practice as well. Today, I...

[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 your child gets good grades on quizzes and exams, it just feels like a checkbox to them. (And remember this: When...

The WORST College Admissions Advice You’ll Ever Get

[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]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 more colleges would be a lot of work, especially because after our two sessions,...

How to Volunteer the Right Way (1)

[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_single_image image="19009" img_size="full" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space height="28px"][vc_column_text]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:[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="28px"][vc_column_text] Not every 15-year old wants to volunteer. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="28px"][vc_column_text]The reason is quite simple -- they’d rather spend...

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 awards, students and parents get obsessed with how MANY they’ve accumulated. Colleges are more interested and impressed by the “why”...

3 Surprising Factors for Getting 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]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 you most likely overlook or don’t pay too much attention to. Let’s get...

5 Proven Tips to Writing Your Best College Essays

[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]Happy Monday, everyone! College application season is HERE, and I’m on my laptop every day editing, proofreading, and finalizing my seniors’ college essays. Here is the current situation.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="28px"][vc_single_image image="18860" img_size="full" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space height="28px"][vc_column_text](FYI: My desk is usually not this messy.)[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="28px"][vc_column_text]This year, something feels different. I love this mess. I love this creative process. I love how each and every student is writing something so unique, vulnerable, and powerful. I love how my seniors are editing drafts after drafts (literally, we...