Why Honors Colleges Are 🔥

Students and parents understand the importance of finding the right college fit. Honors Colleges are a great option that should be considered. In this blog post, I will explore what Honors Colleges are, how they differ from Honors Programs, the benefits they offer, and the application process. By the end, you will better understand whether […]

What Are Colleges Looking For?

Let’s Talk About IP Why Extracurricular Involvement? As students embark on their college research and application journey, it may feel like colleges have all the power in the process. That’s not entirely true. With almost 2000 four-year colleges and universities in the US and thousands more worldwide, students have a lot of choices and options. […]

The Importance of Extracurricular Involvement in College Applications

As a college counselor, one of the elements I emphasize to high school students is the significance of extracurricular involvement. While academic performance is the most important element in college admissions, colleges are increasingly looking for individuals who have demonstrated their passions and interests beyond the classroom. This blog post will explore why extracurricular involvement […]

Navigating the Rollercoaster of College Admissions

The college admissions process is often described as a rollercoaster ride, filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, and a wide range of emotions. As a college counselor, I understand students’ and families’ challenges and uncertainties during this journey. In this blog post, I aim to provide straightforward, informative, and helpful guidance to help […]

Getting Ready for College: A Guide for High School Students

Are you a high school student starting to think about college? The college-prep process can seem daunting, but don’t worry; you can take several easy, actionable steps to make the college application process simple. Let’s discuss these important steps to make the most of your high school years. One of the first things you can […]

Why is 9th Grade Such an Important Grade for College Readiness?

Are you or your child about to make the big leap from middle school to high school? Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered! Transitioning to high school can be a bit overwhelming, but it can be a smooth and successful journey with the right guidance and resources. In this blog post, I’ll walk you through […]

Should I Take the SAT or ACT or Both?

Colleges look at various factors when considering applicants in their admissions pool. How much do test scores matter? Standardized test scores have traditionally been the second most important factor for admissions. One other very important fact to consider is that test scores also play a large role in how merit-aid is awarded. Merit aid is […]

5 Things to Know: Colleges Going Test-Optional

Is Test-Optional A Good Thing? Most colleges use test scores as part of their application review. However, the vast majority of colleges have gone “test-optional” and are suspending their requirement of the SAT and ACT test scores for the high school class of 2021. This is news can help alleviate some of the stress high […]

Campus Visit: UCLA

UCLA – Why It’s Awesome I visited the University of California, Los Angeles earlier this year while on a short trip to Los Angeles with my 10th grader.  The general campus tour was a very organized event. It consisted of a half hour presentation with an UCLA admissions counselor; they touched upon the 120 majors […]