March College Checklist for Juniors

From The Choice….”This is the part of your college search that does not have a lot of specific deadlines. It does, however, have a lot of things you need to do to stay on track and set yourself up for the best experience.” Check out the checklist here. But….

I would also add that if you have not done so already, now is the time to solidify your summer plans. Many formal programs (academic and otherwise) are still accepting applications, so if this is on your radar act now. Otherwise, begin thinking about internship opportunities, taking classes in your field of interest, working or volunteering. If you wait until May or June, many opportunities will be long gone. Contact us for more information on summer planning and opportunities to take advantage of during this time!


College Courses – No Classroom Required

MOOC’s. Continuing to gain popularity at the high school level. If you have not done so already, check out what they are all about.

Top MOOC providers include Coursera, Udacity and edX. Coursera is a for-profit with Stanford roots; 33 university partners, including many Ivys, Duke, California Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Berklee College of Music. Udacity is a for-profit with Stanford roots but no university affiliation. edX is a nonprofit run out of M.I.T. and Harvard; with the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Texas system.

Learn more about MOOC’s here.




Inside the Admissons Process

Seth Allen, dean of admission and financial aid at Grinnell College, answers questions from a TODAY producer about what really goes on when admissions officers decide applicants’ fate in this video/article. I am not surprised that a good deal of my own experience and knowledge is mirrored and supported in Mr. Allen’s commentary. A helpful read.

High School Junior January-June Checklist

Spring of Junior year is a crucial time. Getting started on the application and admissions process now is a must-do. Check out this January-June checklist from Marjorie Hansen Schaevitz’s HuffPost blog for a more in depth look at what you should be doing now and over the next five months.

Tips on Resume Creation

A few good tips from Twice the College Advice. Additionally, I suggest having a professional (or at least your parent) review the document. Many parents, if not recently, have at some point had to create, update and edit a resume of their own – so getting their input would be helpful. If including a resume with your college application, you have to be sure that it not only matches, but supports the activities and experiences you have included in the Common Application. Many adcom look to the resume (or activity sheet) for supplemental information on what can only be listed briefly in the application – so this is important. Use the resume to your advantage and make it work for, not against you!

October Checklist: Juniors

If the warm, bright start of your academic year has chilled and faded into a drudgery of routines and deadlines, sapping the enthusiasm and excitement you felt at the beginning of the year, then find ways to combat your flagging motivation and develop strategies to maximize your performance.

Read the full article and checklist here.

October Checklist: Seniors

October’s many demands can leave even the most responsible applicant feeling lost in the wilderness. With careful planning, organization and focus on the tasks of your senior fall, however, you will find yourself taking significant and deliberate strides forward. Along the way, don’t forget to enjoy the season by breathing deeply, thinking about your future self and staying confident that people are eager to guide and to walk alongside you. Remember, an ideal college process will not focus simply on getting in, but is part of a larger planning exercise leading to ideal fall days and beyond.

Read full article – checklist here.