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May 03, 2017 01:48 PM PDT

Tune in to this episode as we recap on Season 1's biggest tips, tricks, and advice for high school students.

We cover the following topics:

-GPA
-Standardized Tests
-Extracurricular Activities
-Summer Activities
-Teacher Recommendations
-Interviews
-Common Application
-UC Application
-And more...!

April 19, 2017 01:51 PM PDT

The UC Application was created for California residents specifically, to help close the achievement gap specifically for lower income applicants. Here are some basic information about the UC Application:

Requirements: All UC campuses have the same minimum requirements for freshmen to ensure that all students are prepared to be academically successful at the University.

Selection: Selection is a process at each campus which is necessary when more applicants apply to a campus than a campus can admit and enroll. Each UC campus evaluates applicants beyond just their GPA and test scores in order to select the applicants who are best suited to their campus.

Applicant Pool: Who else is in the applicant pool? Applicants must remember that they are not just applying with students from their school and community, but also with students from all parts of California, the U.S. and from other countries, whose backgrounds may be similar or different from their own. UC receives applications from students with a variety of attributes: those living in small rural areas, students from families with low and high incomes and communities that have high and low college-going rates, out-of-state students, etc. Even if students think their background or situation is typical (or not unusual) it is important to explain (not complain) why, so UC admission staff understand the applicant better. The admission staff need more than just a school name or city to get a better sense of the applicant.

All UC campuses are independent of one another: They make their own decisions

Join us this week as we delve into the UC Application and cover the following topics:

-Components of the UC App
-Scholarships and family income
-Campuses and Majors
-Academic History: A-G Requirements
-Activities/Awards
-Courses other than A-G
-Educational Prep Programs
-Test Scores
-Personal Insight Questions
-UC App Tips
-...and MORE!

April 12, 2017 01:55 PM PDT

Due to the amount of questions we have been receiving from various students and parents, we decided to do something unique and special in this podcast. Join us as we delve into 2 case studies of students and what our counselors would recommend to improve their chances of admissions to their dream schools!

April 05, 2017 02:57 PM PDT

The Common Application (informally known as the Common App) is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of 693 member colleges and universities in 48 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, China, and many European countries (Wikipedia). According to the Common App, its mission is to promote access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process, which includes subjective factors gleaned from essays and recommendations alongside more objective criteria such as class rank and standardized testing.

Join us this week as we delve into the following questions and elements of the Common App:

-The components of the Commonapp?
Personal Information (Address, Demographics, Geography, Language, Citizenship, Scholarship, Fee Waiver, etc.)
-Family
-Education
-Activities
-Writing (the essay)
-What are supplements?
-What do each college ask for?
-Tips for filling out the Common App?

March 29, 2017 02:29 PM PDT

College interviews are usually done by alumni of the school and is a way for admissions to not only get to know you but to give you an opportunity to get to know them (the school you are applying to).

There are 2 types of interviews: Pre-Application Interviews and Post-Application Interviews. Pre-Application Interviews happen BEFORE you submit your application and are usually opportunities to show colleges that you are interested in their school and to learn more about them. Post-Application Interviews happen AFTER you submit your application and are usually opportunities for colleges to add information in regards to your personality and characteristics to your application. Most colleges ask interviewers to fill out an evaluation form after the interview to add to the application.

Join us to learn about the following points on interviews:

-Why do Interviews matter?
-Do I have to do interviews?
-I get sweaty palms/I get nervous/etc when I speak, what can I do?
-What kinds of questions do they ask in interviews?
-How should I prepare?
-Which schools do interviews and how do I sign up?

March 22, 2017 01:43 PM PDT

In this podcast, our counselors delve into teacher recommendation letters.

Teacher recommendations are required for most schools on the Common Application and can be requested by schools like UCBerkeley after applying to them. Teacher recommendations provide insight to admissions on your characteristics, personality traits, and your abilities beyond just an academic student in the classroom. Most colleges will require 2 recommendation letters, and some will allow you to have 1 or 2 more supplemental recommendation letters.

-Why do recommendations matter?
- When and how do I ask for recommendation letters?
- Should I get a rec from a teacher I got a B in?
- Is a recommendation from a PE teacher good or bad?
- Who do I need to get recommendations from?
- What’s the deal with supplemental letters?
How do I develop good relationships with my teachers?

March 15, 2017 02:36 PM PDT

Why is summer important? Summer is important because it is 2-3 months of your life where you can do something outside of academics and experience things beyond what you learn inside the classroom. Colleges will want to see how you explore and expand on your passions and interests beyond school. To learn how you spend your free time.

In this podcast, some topics we will be discussing are:

-When should I start planning?
-How do I plan and prepare for the summer? (8th - 12th grades)
-Athletes: Should I do a soccer camp/basketball camp/play travel or academic-focused activity?

March 08, 2017 02:32 PM PST

There are many different types of extracurricular activities (ECs). From inside of school activities to outside of school activities, athletics, competitions-based/major-focused, and community-development activities, there are so many to choose from. In this podcast, we delve into various elements of activities, what colleges are looking for, and how to choose them.

-Where can I find my high school’s ECs?
-How do I choose activities?
-How are they written in a college application?
-What are good ECs and what are not good ECs?
-How much is too much? What’s the right balance?
-Do I need leadership positions?

March 01, 2017 02:56 PM PST

What are standardized tests? Why do we need them? Join us on Episode 2 to get answers to the following questions:

-Why do Standardized Tests Matter?
-What type of tests are there and what are required?
-When should I take them?
-How many time is too many times?
-Do I really need a perfect score?
-What are national exams?
-Flaws of standardized testing for college admissions?

February 22, 2017 02:17 PM PST

In this episode, we will be delving into the GPA and answering questions like:
- What is GPA and why does it matter?
- How is GPA evaluated/reported?
- Which GPA matters (academic, 10-12, weighted/unweighted)
- Choosing the right classes - Regular, Honors, AP, IB.
- Out-of-high-school transcripts and supplemental GPAs
- What are the kinds of advice you give for students who aren’t straight A’s?
- And More!

Join us to learn more about GPA and our general tips for you.

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