College Application Season: The Less Stress, The Better

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling

One of the best aspects of helping students on the college application process at Green Ivy is that we get to know many of our students over the course of several years, and we consider it the ultimate privilege to help guide them through an intellectually challenging if notoriously stressful time. As deadlines approach, even students … Continue reading

New Prompts From the UCs: The Personal Insight Questions  

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling

For the first time since 2008, the UC system has changed the personal statement prompts. Previously, there were two standard prompts that all students were required to answer, and each answer was about 500 words in length. This year, the UC launched eight Personal Insight Questions, and students can choose to answer the four questions that appeal to … Continue reading

The Power of Writing by Hand in the Age of Keyboards

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Category: Schools

There’s a big underlying debate in education on the importance of handwriting. Some educators feel teaching handwriting, especially cursive, is passé, a skill only to be focused on in a student’s first years of elementary school and abandoned for keyboard learning in later years. Research suggests that would be a mistake, as there seems to be … Continue reading

Inspiring Empathy and Resilience in Children

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Category: Parenting, Wellness

There is no way to keep children from experiencing some of the hurt feelings, disappointment, frustration or failure that are a part of natural life. In fact, research has repeatedly shown that doing so can actually cause harm. At the same time, there are many ways of inspiring empathy and resilience in children by supporting … Continue reading

Back to School, Minus Stress!

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Category: Back-to-School

The beginning of a new school year brings about a mixture of emotions for students – there’s usually a combination of excitement, anticipation, anxiety and stress. Even if your teen isn’t prone to external stress, any period of transition like going back to school can bring about some semblance of positive and negative stressors.  A … Continue reading

How Sharing Family Narratives Raises Children’s Self-Esteem

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Category: NY Times articles, Parenting, Wellness

Many parents today put immense pressure to make sure that a family dinner happens every evening, and for good reason: family dinners have notable benefits, and children whose families eat together often benefit socially and emotionally. Family dinners are a great way to check in with family members (minus the smartphones) and share daily experiences. … Continue reading