Word has reached me that some of my students might get their first college acceptances today. A few others have already gotten what we used to call “the thin envelope” (back when colleges actually mailed their replies) but are now often sometimes called “re-direction” letters, i.e. advice to head in a different direction, like a […]
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It’s Giving Tuesday, and I wanted to share some non-profits that help increase access to college for a wide variety of students. Please consider donating to one of them: Support For Underrepresented Students: HALI (High Achieving Low Income) Access Network: The members of this network help low-income students throughout Africa prepare for, apply to and […]
November 1 marked the start of the college application deadline season. Some students who applied for November 1 Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) deadlines may start to see acceptances, rejections or waitlist responses as early as the end of the month. This raises two important obstacles that applicants tend to be blindsided by […]
If you’re starting your sophomore or junior year and don’t already have an extracurricular activity that you can see turning into a leadership position, or something that you can describe as central to your life, it’s probably time to hunt something out. College admissions readers definitely want to see you being involved in some kind […]
Finish your CommonApp before the Early Action / Early Decision deadlines with advice from admissions professionals Dr. Lauren Steed and Dr. Hannah Morris in two 2-hour workshop sessions. Check out this site for more information and sign-ups: https://sites.google.com/view/commonapp-lab-sessions/home
Long distance relationships are notoriously tough, whether they are the stereotypical long-distance romance or the long-distance family relationship that happens when a child is in college (or boarding school!) and the parents are far away. Here’s a short list of fun gifts and treats that might make a few of those long-distance days a little […]
As you may have heard, the ACT is switching to an all electronic format for international testing in 2018-2019. This is to help prevent cheating and allow ACT to send out instant updates to tests if it becomes apparent that certain questions are being leaked at test centers early in the time zones where the […]
If you’re curious about the best strategy for Foreign Service kids to use in approaching their college search and applications process, check out this article by Hannah Morris of Intercultural Transitions, and Lauren Steed of Nomad Educational Services (yours truly!) in the Foreign Service Journal. http://afsa.org/foreign-service-student-guide-creating-college-list Highlights include Links to a list of schools with […]
A couple of weeks ago on Facebook, I asked for your best gift ideas for graduating high school seniors. Graduation season is almost over, but here are some last minute gifts that might help your graduate make the transition to college smoother (these are all Amazon links, but no affiliate kickback): A Kindle. While not […]
You’ve already heard that “demonstrating interest” can be a significant factor in college admissions. But, you’re 5000 miles away, and don’t have plans to take a trip back to the US to tour schools any time in the next year. So how do you demonstrate interest? I talked about this in a previous post, and […]