Tips for Seniors: How to Handle the Waitlist

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Category: College Admissions, College Counseling

It’s spring and all the admissions decisions are finally rolling in! For most seniors, this time is full of mixed emotions. It’s exciting and nerve-wracking to sort through your acceptances and rejections, not to mention one of the most vexing admissions situations: a spot on the waitlist. If you’re no longer interested in a school you’ve been waitlisted at, there … Continue reading

Guest Post: Early Spring College Preparation Tips for Sophomores and Juniors

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Setting Goals, Summer Plans

When students work with us on the college application process, a key feature of our program is to “chunk” this massive project into manageable pieces and steps. This is really the best way that students can both stay on top of the process and keep their stress levels low. Students come into our offices in many … Continue reading

Regardless of Income Level, Filling Out the FAFSA Is Beneficial

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Green Ivy Blog

A recent Wall Street Journal article encourages all families, including those in the upper income brackets, to fill out the FAFSA if they have a child headed for college in the fall. While somewhat time-consuming and tedious, even if your family doesn’t qualify for need-based financial aid, there are many perks to filing this important paperwork. One … Continue reading

Developing “Grit”: A Focus on Social Emotional Learning

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Category: Education Articles, Schools, Wellness

In recent years, many schools have shifted their learning modules to incorporate and teach the principles of Social Emotional Learning, or SEL. In a NY Times piece on the process by Jessica Lahey, she notes, “In short, social emotional learning is what allows students to control their behavior, understand how their personal behavior impacts others, and enables them … Continue reading

Reflections of the First 13 Years

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Category: Just For Fun

This morning, I gave a presentation to a small group of Bay Area school counselors on the latest social media trends. Afterwards, I headed to my office and realized that today is the 13th anniversary of Green Ivy, the educational consulting firm I created to help students and schools with organization, time-management, and wellness issues. … Continue reading

Guest Post: Writing—One Way For Students to Be Happier?

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Category: NY Times articles, Setting Goals, Wellness

When I read this New York Times Wellness blog article about how writing, and more importantly, re-writing our life stories can make us happier, it made intrinsic sense to me. All forms of writing offer us a chance to reflect and organize our thoughts, and can often help us understand ourselves from a different perspective. In school, however, … Continue reading

Guest Post: Not Sure Where to Start With College Applications? We Have a Bootcamp for That!

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Green Ivy Blog, Setting Goals, Teenagers

While I love the work that I do as a college admissions counselor, I have to admit that each year I look forward to the end of the application season. Mostly, this is so all the students I’ve helped through the application process can take a breath and relax—and so can I. Over the last decade, applying … Continue reading

Around the Office – Including Ana’s Latest Personal Essay

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Category: Back-to-School, College Corner, College Counseling, Setting Goals, Standardized Test Prep, Standardized Test Preparation, Uncategorized

Greetings!   We’re now officially a few weeks into the New Year, and at a time when those resolutions seem to falter a bit. I wrote this personal essay entitled “New Year, Old You” in last week’s San Francisco Chronicle. It’s all about how the New Year might be the best time to reclaim the “old … Continue reading