College vs. University: What is the Difference?

Your Ultimate 6-Week Application Navigator Week 2: College vs. University: What is the Difference? Because I work closely with high school students on their college process, I notice most families and students use the terms “college” and “university” interchangeably. However, it is important to clearly understand the distinctions between the two. This knowledge is fundamental […]

A Comprehensive Parent’s Guide to Navigating the College Application Process

Your Ultimate 6-Week Application Navigator Week 1: A Comprehensive Parent’s Guide to Navigating the College Application Process As a college counselor, I understand the excitement and challenges of the college application process. High school students usually have many questions as they begin to think about their college applications. Below are the most common questions I […]

TO TEST OR NOT TO TEST: The Benefits of Having a Strong SAT or ACT score

With test-optional policies in place, students may feel tempted to skip taking the SAT or ACT altogether. However, before they decide to ditch the standardized tests altogether, it’s important to consider how these scores could still be valuable to them when applying to certain programs or institutions. Direct-Entry Programs: Do I need an SAT or […]

How to Get Strong Letters of Recommendation from Teachers for Your College Applications

If you’re a high school student, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of applying to college. That’s where a college counselor or admissions advisor can help. They offer college and university application help, including advice on securing impactful letters of recommendation from your teachers. As a college counselor in San Diego, here are […]

Striving for Success: The Power of Being Your Best in High School

As a college counselor in San Diego, I understand the importance of guiding students through the college application process. And, as the school year draws to a close, it’s a pivotal moment for 11th graders gearing up to submit college applications in just six months. The looming question of how to submit a strong college […]

Should I Take AP Classes and Tests?

As a college counselor, I’m often asked about AP coursework and exams. “When can I start taking AP courses? How many should I take? Is it better to get a lower grade in an AP class, or should I take the regular class to protect my GPA?” Thinking about whether to take challenging AP coursework […]

What College-Prep Questions Do Teens Have? – Making Big Decisions

9th–10th Graders: Planning Your Summer Summer offers students a valuable opportunity to grow and learn outside the traditional classroom setting. Students can choose activities that will expand their horizons. Here are a few ideas for them to consider: Whatever they choose, students should focus their efforts on something that adds to their personal and intellectual […]

What is Demonstrated Interest in College Admissions

Beyond the standard metrics of grades and test scores, there’s a critical component that often goes overlooked: Demonstrated Interest (DI). What is DI? Why does it matter? And how can you leverage it to enhance your college application? Understanding Demonstrated Interest Demonstrated Interest refers to the proactive steps a student takes to show a college […]

How to Submit Successful College Applications: A Guide for High School Students

The journey to college is an exciting but often overwhelming process for high school students and their families. From selecting the right colleges to completing applications and writing essays, there’s a lot to manage. This guide aims to simplify the college application process so you can feel confident that you are submitting successful college apps. […]

Navigating the College Admission Process: A Guide for Parents and Students

The college admission process can often feel like a high-stakes game for both parents and students, with the pressure to secure a spot at a prestigious institution looming large. However, it’s important to remember that the path to success and happiness is not solely determined by the name on a college diploma. This blog post […]