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:
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:
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.
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?
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:
As the summer is coming to a close, it’s time to begin thinking about the next school year. Preparation is key and taking the right action is an important step for your college admissions game plan. Read our five key strategies that will help you prepare for the competitive college admissions process…
Nicole M. was very successful in the college planning and admissions process, receiving acceptances to many top universities across the country including Princeton University, Stanford University, Columbia University, Dartmouth University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, and many others. She earned more than $1 million dollars in scholarship offers and achieved all of her college admissions goals. In my interview with her, she gave me five tips that all students can apply for how she was able to achieve so much success in the college admissions process.