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Are you applying to The University of Chicago this Fall?

Posted by on 12:35 pm in College Admissions, Essays for College | 0 comments

The University of Chicago has been know for some of the most creative, thought-provoking application essay prompts. If you will be a high school senior in the Class of 2015, you can sneak a peek at the questions that will be in your application. 2014-15 Essay Questions: Essay Option 1.What’s so odd about odd numbers? Essay Option 2.In French, there is no difference between “conscience” and “consciousness”. In Japanese, there is a word that specifically refers to the splittable wooden chopsticks you get at...

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Where to find summer coding camps for Teens

Posted by on 12:00 pm in For Girls, STEM, Summer Learning | 0 comments

I am particularly concerned about girls in STEM. Over the years, there’s been a significant drop in females graduates in computer science for example. According to the girlswhocode.com website, women represent only 12% of computer science graduates versus 37% in 1984. What happened?? For me personally, I started out in the STEM area as a college freshman. The large, lecture-style STEM freshman year courses were clearly designed to weed out the ill-prepared students. My high school AP Physics course did not prepare me for the rigors of...

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What does “College Fit” mean?

Posted by on 9:53 am in College Experience, College ready, Essays for College | 0 comments

During a recent talk to high schools, Peter V. Johnson, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Columbia University stated elegantly: “We do not admit statistics to an institution. We admit people to an educational community.” His statement defines college fit which we have been hearing more and more about these days. Student perspective on College Fit There are 2 sides to this “college fit” coin. Dean Johnson intimates the importance of fit from the college’s side. On the other side of this coin, the student can...

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ParentSpeak: What Military parents need to know for their college-bound teen

Posted by on 7:19 pm in College Admissions, Parents Speak/Guest Blog | 0 comments

ParentSpeak: What Military parents need to know for their college-bound teen

By Bernadette Andrews of Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio Our daughter completed her first semester at NYU. Hallelujah! After breathing a sigh of relief for the way things have worked out, I’m reminded of Oprah’s famous line, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” The preparation began very early on– we stressed her capabilities and reinforced her self esteem as a means of establishing a firm foundation in an uncertain world. Some may say that we were radical in our approach, but we felt it necessary, if not critical, to...

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What Parents need to know about Advanced Placement (AP): Part 3 – The SAT Subject Test

Posted by on 10:57 pm in ACT/SAT, Advanced Placement/AP, College Admissions | 1 comment

What Parents need to know about Advanced Placement (AP): Part 3 – The SAT Subject Test

As mentioned in the first post of this series, College Board develops the AP curriculum. Here are the 34 Advanced Placement courses available in high schools across the country:    Art History Biology Calculus AB Calculus BC Chemistry Chinese Lang and Culture Comp Science A English Lang and Composition English Lit and Composition Envir Science European History French Lang and Culture German Lang and Culture Govt and Politics: Comparative Government and Politics: US Human Geography Italian Lang and Culture Japanese Lang and Culture Latin...

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What Parents need to know about Advanced Placement (AP): Part 2

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What Parents need to know about Advanced Placement (AP): Part 2

This posting is the second of a three part series on What parents need to know about Advanced Placement (AP). . . but didn’t know to ask! In last week’s posting, we addressed the #3 Most common response about AP. Now, for this week, we provide 2 tips to address the #2 Most common response about AP Tip 1: Read the fine print on AP credit granting Every college is different when it comes to granting AP credit. If your teen is taking AP to advance in a topic area or challenge themselves, that’s a good thing. If your teen is merely taking...

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What Parents need to know about Advanced Placement (AP): Part 1

Posted by on 10:34 pm in Advanced Placement/AP, College ready | 0 comments

What Parents need to know about Advanced Placement (AP): Part 1

This posting is the first of a three part series on What parents need to know about Advanced Placement (AP). . . but didn’t know to ask! I get a lot of questions about Advanced Placement (AP) from parents. This posting brings together my top 3 most common responses about AP. They are written as responses rather than questions because the questions are so varied. These posts capture what parents need to know, even when the question begs for more clarity. #3 Most common response about AP Advanced Placement is a fixed curriculum that was...

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Jan ’13 Newsletter: Summer and Stress in High School

Posted by on 2:58 pm in General | 0 comments

It’s January so that means it’s time to start planning for the summer. Last spring, I spoke to parents about the importance of summer for both academic and personal growth. That is still true for this coming summer! Read more about summer for college-bound students. This issue and each issue through June will feature a summer program that you may want to consider for your middle/high...

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When is the “optional” college application essay not required?

Posted by on 2:22 pm in College Admissions, Essays for College | 1 comment

Many college applications such as Emory University will include questions described as “optional.” Emory’s Optional Essay: Please write exactly five sentences that best describe you. Does this really mean that you can skip this question? Yes and No Yes. If you skip this optional question then it will save you that extra hour that you may have spent doing something else that you enjoy. Senior year is already busy enough without responding to extra essay prompts. No. When you see the word “optional” think “opportunity” instead. A rule of...

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What do early admissions results really mean?

Posted by on 12:45 am in College Admissions | 0 comments

What do early admissions results really mean?

As if the college admissions process couldn’t get any more complex, the early admissions decisions have been reported for several colleges around the country. Overall, the number of early applicants increased at many campuses. For example, Boston University saw a 40% increase in Early Decision applicants over last year; Case Western saw a 34% increase in Early Action applicants, while Princeton saw an 11% increase in its Restricted Early Action applicants. When you look at the table of Early Admission statistics, it’s interesting...

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