Reject the Rejection Letter

 

Getting a rejection letter from a college can be a painful blow.  Especially this year with a college admissions scandal in every major newspaper, it may seem that the process is rigged or unfair to the core.  You may wonder, “Why was I not accepted? What else could I have done?”  

The answer – nothing.  College admission is competitive, and some rejections are part of the process.  Although the recent exposure of an admissions scandal has shocked the country, at its heart the college admissions process is made up of individuals who care deeply about students and the universities they represent.  You put your best foot forward with your application, and admission officers have done their best job to choose a class that fills the needs of the college.  Unfortunately, not everyone who applies will be accepted, but that doesn’t mean that your application wasn’t given a thorough...

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4 Reasons Why You Should Study in the U.K.

 

Have you considered studying abroad?  What if you could study abroad for your entire college experience rather than just one semester?  Studying in the United Kingdom could be a great way for you to experience another culture for college without worrying about a language barrier.  

The UK has some of the most prestigious universities in the world – Oxford, Cambridge, and Imperial College of London all rank among the top 10 – along with over 160 colleges and universities across the country.  Just like in the U.S., you can find a university that fits your style. 

There are several advantages to studying in the United Kingdom

  1. Earn a bachelor’s degree in 3 years.  You can finish your bachelor’s degree in 3 years (in England, Ireland, and Wales – still 4yrs in Scotland) which means moving on to graduate school or a career sooner than at an American university.  And a 3-year degree means less...
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Advice from a Park Scholarship Finalist

 

Watch and learn from Seth Kodikara all about the Park Scholarship from a Park Scholarship Finalist.

  • The Park ScharlshScholarshiption Process
  • Insight on the Interviews
  • Advice for underclassman on their extracurricular activities to improve their resume
  • And much more.
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How to Make the Most of Your College Visits Inbox

 

The College Visit 

Depending on your time and interest level, plan one of the following types of college visits: 

Basic Visit 

  1. Attend an information session.  Ask questions about admissions, financial aid, choice of majors.  IMPORTANT: Get a business card from an admissions person. 
  2. Do a college and dorm tour.  What does the campus look like?  Where do freshman live? What are the housing options? 
  3. Eat a meal on campus.  Go to the dining hall or coffee shop and eat.  Introduce yourself to some students and ask questions.  You will be surprised at how much they want to share about the college. 

Extended Visit 

In addition to the basic visit schedule – an information session, a campus tour, and a meal on campus – ask if you can add the following appointments at the schools that you are most interested in:  

  1. Meet individually with an admissions...
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Road Trip: Preparing for Spring Break College Visits

 

Using your spring break to visit colleges is a great idea, but be aware of spring break schedules for the colleges you wish to visit. It’s best to see a college when students are on campus. Here are a few tips to prepare for your spring college visits.  

  • Create a College Visit Itinerary. Using a map, look at college locations and decide on an itinerary that fits within your given time.  Don’t worry if you can’t see all of the colleges on your list. Focus on some of your top choices and then plan other school visits that are within the same geographic area. 
  • Register for college visits online. Once you have a list of colleges to visit, register for campus tours online with the admissions office.  Resist the urge to plan “drive through” visits. An official campus tour takes more time but gives you a better feel for the...
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Seven Tips for Acing the SAT

 
  1. Test Day Checklist. Get a good night’s sleep before the test. Be sure you arrive at the SAT prepared with the right tools. See TEST DAY CHECKLIST. Be sure to bring a protein snack, a watch, and an approved calculator.
  2. Consider Using Score Choice. Consider waiting to send your scores until you see them. You can send them to selected colleges later.
  3. Guess. There is no penalty for wrong answers on the SAT or ACT meaning that the most important strategy is to answer as many questions as possible.  Eliminate as many answers as possible, then make a calculated guess. It won’t hurt your score.  If you see that time is running short on a section use the last minute to fill in as many bubbles as you can – you can add a few points to your score by simply guessing one more right answer.
  4. Brush up on Algebra 1 & 2. The SAT emphasizes Algebra, with some Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. Not much Geometry. The math section...
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It’s Never Too Early to Start Thinking About Your Essays

 

Last week, the Common Application announced that the essay prompts for 2019-2020 will remain the same as they were in 2018-2019 application.  So, what are you waiting for?  Now is a great time to start brainstorming topics for your Common App essay.    

2019-2020 Common Application Essay Prompts 

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. 
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? 
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? 
  4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an...
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Student Spotlight: Zoe West

tips for underclassmen Jan 18, 2019
 

Play The Video To Find Out About: 

  • North Carolina School of Math and Science
  • Zoe's tips for underclassmen
  • Much More
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Underclassmen: Looking for an Exciting Summer?

 

What are your plans for summer? Now is the time to find programs for next summer to participate in. Do it this month! Many programs fill up early. Many have deadlines as early as February. 

What types of summer programs are there? 

Educational
Want to take an AP government class or a Biology AP class in the summer? Or be on a college campus? Or are you an international student needing to brush up on English. Several options exist for you.  

Research
Take advantage of opportunities to do research in an area of interest.  Local colleges may have programs for high school students to assist with faculty research, or take the time to investigate your own interests.   

Sports
Hone your sport skills by participating in a camp or program on a college campus. Check with your coach for summer opportunities. 

Test Prep
Ready to take the SAT or ACT? Want to improve your score and get ahead in...

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Underclassmen Mid-Year Checklist

 

Welcome back from winter break!  Now is the time to review your MID YEAR CHECKLIST. January is a great time to get organized and jump-start your college search.  

1. Meet with your high school counselor 

  • Review your PSAT scores with counselor and parents (if you took it in the fall) 
  • Ask for recommendations for summer programs 
  • Schedule next year’s courses 
  • Schedule your standardized tests for spring 
  • Discuss any school based standardized testing (AP, IB, other) 

2. Gear up for next year 

  • Explore summer programs 
  • Prepare for spring standardized tests using PSAT test scores as a guide 
  • Ask teachers about their recommendation policies (for summer programs, scholarships, or college applications) 
  • Job shadow or intern to learn more about potential careers 
  • Plan college visits
  • ...
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