Advice for Seniors

Advice for Seniors

Senior year affords students some new opportunities. Cream-of-the-crop leadership positions are usually reserved for seniors. Plus, students who turn eighteen become eligible for a whole new range of volunteer positions and jobs. Stick with the activities you’ve been...
Advice for Juniors

Advice for Juniors

Here’s the bad news for current juniors: it is not the best time to start thinking about extracurricular activities. One of the main things that colleges look for in a student is consistency and commitment. A sudden passion developed late junior year, say, for the...
Writing the “Why X College” Essay

Writing the “Why X College” Essay

One of the most straightforward but still difficult questions students see on a college application is the ‘Why us?’ question. Why Stanford? Why Princeton University’s College of Engineering? This question is obviously harder to answer for students who haven’t had the...
7 College Interview Tips You Need to Know

7 College Interview Tips You Need to Know

I’ll start with a cautionary story. Years ago, Nina, one of my counselees, was scheduled for an interview with her first-choice college, the University of Southern California (USC). At our next meeting, I asked Nina how the interview went. “Oh,” she replied breezily,...