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May 31, 2017 02:35 PM PDT

In this episode, our counselors delve into athletic recruitment and what students should do to prepare. The key players for athletic recruitment are: the student athlete, parents, counselors and coaches.

A few general things that student athletes should do first before considering athletic recruitment are:

-Find your academic fit: Talk to counselor/college counselor (always first priority)
-Check athletic fit: Meet with your coach (high school, club, etc.)
-Check out the rest: Size, location, student body, major or academic interests

Click below to listen to our episode where we cover:

-How does the recruitment process work?
-What are the kinds of sports colleges seek?
-How are they divided?
-Differences between DI, DII, DIII programs.
-How athletic recruitment works alongside college admissions?
-What do I have to prepare, and when?
-Drawbacks to Selective Division 1 Programs.
-...AND MORE!!!

May 24, 2017 02:02 PM PDT

Why are college tours important? Colleges are becoming more interested in Informed Interest and Demonstrated Interest.

-Informed Interest: How well a student knows a college and how he or she plans to contribute to the campus environment.
Show informed interest through compelling supplemental essays and interviews. Review your research over the summer that went into building your college list and get a head start on your essays.

-Demonstrated Interest: A college’s gauge of how likely a student is to attend based on visits, interviews, essays, etc.
Filling out an information card at a college fair, making an official campus visit through the admissions office, applying Early Action, and more are playing a bigger role in determining how likely you are to attend their school.

In this episode, we cover the following questions:

-When should I go on college tours?
-What should I do when I go on a college tour?
-What should I do before I go on a college tour?
-What should I do after?
-How do I prep for college tours?
-...and MORE!

May 17, 2017 02:35 PM PDT

Choosing colleges can be tricky and confusing. In this episode, we delve into how to choose your colleges, what type of colleges there are, and other unique advice! A few of the questions we answer in this episode are:

-Introduction to Colleges: UC Schools, Public Schools (State Schools), Regional Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, Research Universities, International Schools
-How do I make my college list?
-How many do I apply to?=
-What are some things that I should take into consideration?
-When should I start?
-How do I know which colleges are right for me?
-...and MORE!!

May 10, 2017 01:28 PM PDT

There are 2 types of essays: Personal Statements (main essay) and Supplemental Essays (the essays that each college will ask for separately). College essays are an excellent way (and one of the only ways besides teacher recs) to provide additional insight to your characteristics, personality and overall strengths. It is absolutely an opportunity to share your life story.

In this episode, we will delve into college essays in detail and provide general tips on the UCs, Common App and supplemental essays:

-Common App Personal Statement: Choose one, 650 words MAX. Will go to ALL schools you apply to through the Common App.
-UC Essays: Choose FOUR, 350 words MAX. Will go to ALL UC schools you apply to.
-Supplemental Essays
-General topics to stay AWAY from
-Advice for college essays
-...and MORE!!

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?

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