Encouraging the Right Post-High School Educational Experience for Every Student

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Category: College Admissions, College Counseling, Education Articles, NY Times articles

Pursuing a four-year bachelor’s degree after high school is the cultural norm in the United States, and a decades-long “college for all” campaign has made it a national issue. As a result, most jobs, even those not necessarily requiring an advanced degree, still have a large proportion of four-year degree holders. As reported by The New … Continue reading

New Application Season, New Common Application Prompts, plus—Green Ivy Summer College Admissions Bootcamps!

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Category: College Admissions, College Counseling, Education Articles, Summer Plans

The Common Application recently announced it is changing many of its existing prompts for the 2017-2018 admissions year. Some of the prompts remain the same or have been modified to some extent, but entirely new questions have also been added, including one that allows students to submit an existing essay or create a prompt of … 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