Few things are more rewarding to me than helping someone accomplish a dream. So when 826LA needed volunteers for the Third Annual Great Los Angeles Personal Statement Weekend (GLAPSW) earlier this month, I jumped at the opportunity.
While test scores and grades can vouch for your intellect and memorization skills, they cannot vouch for your character. A recommendation letter can; and while a great recommendation may or may not achieve the desired goal, a poorly intended letter will do a disservice to any student.
Completing college applications can be hard work, work that often runs through the holiday season. Since everyone else is taking some time off, this would seem to be the perfect opportunity to hang out with your family. How could this possibly be a bad idea?
High school students hear a discouraging cacophony: "College costs too much. Students borrow too much. Too many students aren't college-ready." That's why we need to emphasize four key messages to those young people who have the talent and mindset to flourish in college.
When all is said and done, the best case for colleges admitting you is offering them a stellar application that articulates who you are as a student and person. Here are seven things you can do to make sure your application stands out from the crowd.
Even after students write essays, provide test scores, receive good grades, and at times, have interviews, college admissions officers seem to want more information about applicants -- and they are turning to Facebook and Google to look for it.
Do colleges want students who engage in community service? You bet -- colleges are communities too, and they'll have a few bazillion things that need to get done. People who show they're willing to make a difference in the community are a great asset to any college.
College advising has the same mix of art and science as running for office; use the right data the right way, and students will reach the end of senior year with an array of postsecondary choices that are just right for them, and right just for them.
The college admissions process can be daunting for students and parents alike. It is all the more challenging for students without the benefit of a supportive family. Students navigating the system alone may benefit by this advice.
College-bound seniors in the Eastern U.S. saw more than their college plans take a bump this week, as Hurricane Sandy hit land three days before the November 1st early application deadline for many colleges.