Why Study the Liberal Arts?

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Category: College Corner, Education Articles

Our Green Ivy offices are located in heart of the the Silicon Valley, so it isn’t surprising that many students we work with want to pursue a career in a STEM field. Most have a genuine passion or strength in these areas, but we also see students gravitating towards these academic majors because they are … Continue reading

College Admissions Corner: So You’ve Been Deferred—Now What?

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling

Ah, December deferrals. It is not uncommon when a student applies Early Decision or Early Action for a deferral letter to hit the inbox or the mail box. We know being deferred is never the desired outcome, and parents and students shouldn’t panic (but they should expand their options.) All in all, we encourage parents … Continue reading

Managing College Applications

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Uncategorized, Wellness

Now that the admissions season is in full swing here at Green Ivy, we thought it might be helpful to share some suggestions and strategies on managing what can easily become an overwhelming process. While most of what we offer here is aimed at students, there are some tips that parents might find helpful as … Continue reading

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

Social Emotional Learning and College Success

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Category: College Corner, College Counseling

With all the attention in the academic world around books like Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance and Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, more and more attention is being paid to what’s called Social Emotional Learning. Many believe incorporating its principles into school curriculums could be the key to student personal and academic … 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