2020 Intentions for Families in the College Process

I can see clearly now the rain is gone… Expect if you’re applying, have applied or are a younger family thinking about applying to college, it feels like a whole thunderstorm that’s looming overhead. College is scary. It feels impossible to get in. It feels like everyone is getting A’s, are in AP classes andContinue reading “2020 Intentions for Families in the College Process”

College Preparation Goals for December: Broken down by grade level

I hope you had a restful holiday weekend! Or, maybe you had a weekend like one of my students who ordered pizza and chocolate cake for Thanksgiving while tying up his UC applications. Regardless if you were re-charging or just plain charging, tis the season to have more dates added to your calendar and lastContinue reading “College Preparation Goals for December: Broken down by grade level”

College Apps. What to prioritize AND how to be successful

What college do I apply to? What major? What program? Do I apply to the college itself or the individual school that houses my major? Does it make a difference? Do I send my SAT/ACT scores as a whole or superscore them? Do I report all scores? Or use score choice? Do I need oneContinue reading “College Apps. What to prioritize AND how to be successful”

2018-2019 Essay Prompts and Tips to Get You Started

Essays can be a key piece to your college application that not only allows an admission officer to get to know you beyond your academics, but help differentiate you from other applicants. Take a look at the 2018-2019 essay prompts below for the Common Application, UC Application and Coalition Application. Also check out a reallyContinue reading “2018-2019 Essay Prompts and Tips to Get You Started”

What to do FIRST before thinking of applying to colleges

“Where are you applying to college?” It’s safe to say that this question has been asked an insane and overwhelming number of times. As a rising Senior, the number of times you’ll hear this question and even the IMPACT of how you feel when you hear it, will undoubtedly continue to grow. You know what?¬†WeContinue reading “What to do FIRST before thinking of applying to colleges”

What to prioritize as the semester ends and be stronger for it in the college admission process

Now can seem like a pretty busy time as you finish out your semester and cram. AP Exams, setting up summer plans, wrapping up assignments and, oh ya, all of your existing extracurricular commitments. If you’re a Junior you are well underway, or at least making plans to take an SAT or ACT and haveContinue reading “What to prioritize as the semester ends and be stronger for it in the college admission process”

The UC Application: Key tools to get you on your UC game for rising seniors

My rising seniors. You may be wondering what the heck you’re supposed to be doing to prep for college apps right now. You also may be wondering who you’ll take to prom or what outfit to wear on Coachella day 1, I mean it is a big deal. Either way I’m sure the convo ofContinue reading “The UC Application: Key tools to get you on your UC game for rising seniors”

The Key Conversation in Application Decisions

As I was sitting at the nail salon getting my manicure (remember how important self-care is everyone??) I couldn’t help but overhear the woman next to me on the phone having a discussion of college admission decisions. “Jason had a 35 on his ACT, you know out of 36, and did not get into UCSD,Continue reading “The Key Conversation in Application Decisions”

How not to freak out as Junior and crush college prep

Second semester Junior year tends to bring on quite the stir of anxiety. Why? Well maybe it’s because you are taking the toughest course load yet and are now in more advanced work demanding academic attention. Or maybe that leadership position you took in your extracurricular is now overloading your schedule. Or maybe you feelContinue reading “How not to freak out as Junior and crush college prep”

Applying Early? Read This

You have edited your common app essay…for the tenth time. You have spent hours writing last minute to-do lists crossing off items while undoubtedly adding more. Your “why us” essay is on point. You have asked more “quick questions” in the past month than ever before. You are applying Early. And while you might beContinue reading “Applying Early? Read This”