so you were deferred from the college you applied early action or early decision to ... what does this mean?
If you applied to any colleges using their Early Action or Early Decision deadlines, you have probably heard back from them regarding your application status. You may have been accepted, rejected, or deferred from your dream college. With many colleges offering record-low numbers of admissions seats in the class of 2025, from Harvard, Duke, Penn, and Yale, what does this mean for you?
Breaking down public vs. private colleges: Everything that you need to know when applying to college
When applying to colleges, it can be tough to refrain from focusing too much on “prestige,” “big names,” top-tier reputations, and public vs. private classifications. While it can be helpful to compare and contrast colleges, and while reputation and knowing whether a college is public or private can provide useful information about the community, academic rigor, and legacy of the university, it is important to keep in mind that these labels can often be misunderstood.
As winter break quickly approaches, you seniors in high school are probably stressed and unsure of what needs to get done over winter break. In this blog, I will outline some things you need to do over winter break as a college applicant:
Stuck on your short-answer questions in the Common Application? I get it! These were easily the hardest questions for me to answer when applying to colleges, simply because the word limit can feel very limiting, and finding the right words to concisely express your thoughts can feel awkward and unfinished.
Senioritis. You have probably been hearing about this word ever since you entered high school. Every year, seniors in their spring semester are so excited to graduate that they get senioritis and begin slacking in their classes.
You did it! You wrote your long-dreaded college application essays (most likely your UC Personal Insight questions), and you’ve found a way to eloquently tell your story. You’ve done multiple drafts and a thorough job at rephrasing, reworking, and rethinking your paragraphs. Maybe you had some family members, peers, or Study Hall College Consulting team members to read over your words and give feedback, or maybe you kept it to yourself to make sure that your words felt completely your own.
Now that the college application season for current high school seniors is winding down, it is time for high school juniors to start thinking about their college application journey and timeline. You may think starting now is too early, but you should start to think of the process soon! Even for high school freshman and sophomores, planning your high school schedules and activities can help you prepare for college. In this blog, I will be breaking down how high school freshman, sophomore, and juniors can begin to prepare for their college application journey.
The pandemic has forced us all to change so much about our lives: from our daily routines, rituals, and activities, to our most beloved hobbies, adventures with friends, and holiday vacations. Whether you’ve been affected financially, socially, academically, or emotionally (and the list goes on…), as a high school senior in the middle of the college application process, the last thing you need is extra added stress about finding the right place to spend your next four years.
A scary, nerve-wracking part of the college admissions process is the college alumni interview. Alumni interviews are conducted on a volunteer basis by alumni of the university. College alumni interviews do matter and they can be a helpful way for you to gain more insight about a university and meet someone who graduated from the school you’re applying for!
In every class, there’s always going to be one student that comes to mind when you think “successful”. However, you can be just as successful as them! Anyone can be a good college student if they have the right habits and mindset. Here are some qualities and actions that help a college student reach their fullest potential.
With the onset of COVID-19 this past spring, we all found ourselves feeling the effects of social-distancing on a variety of levels. Whether it meant struggling with the emotions and sadness that comes with missing your friends, working to find a work-life balance in school with everything shifted online, or figuring out how to navigate a huge transition in your life (college applications, new jobs, new schools, etc.), all of us were thrown into situations we had never experienced before.
Do you have a student who is steadfast that their college application essay is great but you, as a parent, think their essay could use some work but they don’t listen to you? Unfortunately, this is a common problem for parents and their high school students. The student will write their essay and not take any feedback from their parents, instead insisting that their essay is perfect the way it is.
During my college admissions process, there were many factors that I wasn’t completely decided on in terms of finding the perfect fit. I didn’t truly know how to rank universities and figure out my priorities in terms of tangible goals, because at that point, I didn’t know what I wanted my future to be. I hadn’t decided on my intended major, I didn’t know what location would be most exciting, and I didn’t completely understand how to navigate the financial process.
When applying to colleges, it’s important to consider whether the school you’re applying to is a quarter school or semester school. A quarter school system is made up of four 10-week sessions through fall, winter, spring, and summer. A semester school system is made up of two 15-week terms through fall and spring. Though it doesn’t sound like much of a difference, there are actually many pros and cons to both school systems.
In this blog I will be breaking down what the college application terms of Early Action, Early Decision, and Regular Decision mean as well as discussing the benefits and drawbacks of applying during each of these cycles. For me as the eldest sibling, I had no idea what these terms meant and neither did my parents. Hopefully this blog can give you some insights on whether you should apply earlier or later.
Writing a compelling essay with words that draw you in and phrases that paint a vivid picture can often seem like an elusive skill: how do you describe your experiences in a way that sets you apart from those around you? How do you write with purpose, and choose words that “show” more than they “tell?”
Applying to colleges is a scary process that many students can feel overwhelmed by. However, it’s important to make your application stand out! You don’t have to be a perfect 4.0 student, or a student who’s discovered the cure to coronavirus! Colleges aren’t looking for a student who’s only invested time in one sector of their life. Make your application well-rounded by following some of these tips and improving your experience in these areas!
The University of California college application opens in 2 weeks! Are you prepared? In this blog post I will break down the UC Personal Insight questions and give some tips on how to approach these essays.
“What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?”
“Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.”
"What would you say is your greatest talent or skill?”
In this blog I am sharing with you the best college essay advice that I received when I was applying to colleges. Through this, you will be able to enhance your voice in your essays. The biggest secret to writing your college application essay is this: if someone else can steal your essay word for word, then it is a bad essay. This advice seems so simple, but when you actually put it into action, it is mind-blowing.
“Imposter Syndrome.” It happens to everyone who puts themselves in situations that are uncomfortable: environments that push them to grow and inspire them to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Despite the feeling of not belonging, imposter syndrome actually means that you are right where you’re supposed to be: it means that you’re in a headspace that encourages you to constantly strive for more, and when recognized in a healthy manner, it can be the driving force that causes you to shoot for the stars and achieve successes that you never thought were possible.
During the college application process, students usually have the opportunity to visit numerous college campuses across the world in order to figure out if you can envision yourself at that university. Visiting schools is a great way to help decide if you should apply to the school and the visit can inspire your “Why X” college application essay.
Writing college application essays can be grueling because you're trying to figure out the words that best describe who you are and formulating the most succinct and compelling way to get your message across. Brainstorming can be the hardest part: it can send you into an existential crisis where you’re stuck wondering who you actually are, what you’re passionate about, and what you want to do with your life.
When applying to colleges, I knew that I wanted to leave my home state of Maryland. However, when the time came to actually commit to a college, I was super nervous and conflicted about leaving the comforts of my hometown to go to a school across the country where I did not know a single person.
I started coding when I was in middle school or so, and at that time, there wasn’t much representation for other young girls interested in the same things. All of the activities and online games that encouraged some form of computer science or programming - like Roblox, Minecraft, and robotics kits, were all catered towards boys, which was a bit discouraging of course, but didn’t end up stopping me from pursuing my interests.