Dr. Jeff & Dr. Brian Haig - The Experts in College Planning and Student Success.

Summer College Planning Updates — Exciting News!

We hope you are having a great summer! In our last blog article, we gave you a lot of insight and strategies for how to enjoy your summer while also strengthening your college admissions profile.

As we mentioned, being the best college applicant possible is all about having an effective and cohesive game plan, and also understanding what college admission officers look for in a successful applicant. Using the flexibility of the summer months is a great way to develop your passions and interests while also giving back to your community.

And that’s what many of our students have done. They have made a positive difference at both the local and international level. We’re excited to give you some great updates!

The Summer Game Plan!

The summer is almost here and for students this is a great time to relax and have fun. It’s also a great time to further develop and strengthen your college admissions profile. Remember, being the best college applicant you can be is all about having an effective game plan and cohesive strategy, and understanding what college admission officers look for in a successful applicant. And during summers, admission officers want to know how you spent your time and what meaningful contributions and activities you took part in. So have fun this summer, but also look at the bigger picture of college admissions. What can you do to stand out, make a meaningful contribution, and what activities can you pursue that are in line with your passions and interests? Below are seven ways to make the most out of your summer experience:

How to Get Great Letters of Recommendation

One of the important parts of a college application is the letters of recommendation oftentimes required by many colleges. Letters of recommendation are important because they reveal traits about you that grades and test scores cannot. Also, they provide personal opinions of your character and show who is willing to speak on your behalf.

Letters of recommendation can carry serious weight in the admissions process and therefore, should not be taken lightly. To get the best letters of recommendation, follow these important guidelines:

Lessons Learned from the College Application Season

Through working with thousands of families over the years, we have learned quite a bit about how to get students into their dream colleges. We have also helped families get hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship offers including many full-ride tuitions.

We want to share with you some of the top strategies that have been working with our students this past application season so that you can be more prepared and successful in the college planning process. Here are the top five strategies:

The Ultimate College Planning Podcast #5: How to Pay for College

In this episode, we interview Nancy Paul who is a best-selling author and scholarship expert. Nancy gives invaluable insight on the scholarship process and how to most effectively develop a strategy to maximize the amount of money awarded.

What many people don’t realize is that there is an abundance of scholarships available for students, and many of these scholarships are awarded based on merit. Merit can include GPA, athletic ability, volunteering, career interest, religious affiliation, a unique talent, and so much more. The reality is that there is a lot of free money available to students if they just understand how to look for it and what they need to do to qualify.

Nancy provides an overview of the scholarship process and gives powerful strategies that can greatly help in pursuing scholarship opportunities.

What Makes a Successful Student?

Every school year, there will always be that group of students who outperforms everyone else. Why is it that some students just seem to be smarter, more talented, and more athletic than all the other students? What is it about this group of students that allows them to consistently perform at such a high level? While genetics can sometimes play a role in these factors, in our experience of working with thousands of students over the years, there are defining characteristics that successful students possess over their lesser-performing counterparts…and in many instances, it has nothing to do with genetics. Let’s break down The Success Traits of the high-performing students.

Realize that only a fraction of students take advantage of these traits and reap all the benefits to carve out a better future for themselves. But why only a fraction…why not all students?

Extracurricular Activities – What You Need to Know for College Admissions

As the school year begins, it’s important to get involved in activities that are outside of your required academic curriculum. The benefits of taking part in extracurricular activities are enormous: Increased self-confidence, leadership opportunities, development of social skills, and higher academic performance, just to name a few. From a college admissions standpoint, you should know that it’s an important part of the admissions formula.

College admissions officers look favorably on students who take part in extracurricular activities. But how do admission officers evaluate a student’s involvement in the extracurricular activities he or she joins? In five key ways: