Intrinsic Motivation, College Motivation and Holiday Break 

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Category: College Admissions, College Counseling, Parenting, Setting Goals, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

We’re borrowing this week’s post from Ana Homayoun’s blog.  This past weekend I had the chance to go ice skating for the first time this year. Ice skating is pretty much my favorite childhood memory – I used to beg my parents to take me the University of Connecticut ice rink near our home, so … Continue reading

Wellness 101: Cultivating Gratitude in Your Children’s Daily Lives

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Category: Parenting, Setting Goals, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Wellness

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.” —Melody Beattie For many of us, this time of year offers an opportunity to give thanks and express gratitude for the people and things we appreciate and value in our lives. Taking stock and being grateful during the holidays is a good place to start, but studies have shown … Continue reading

Wellness 101: Encouraging Your Children to Engage in Community Service

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Category: Education Articles, Leadership, Parenting, Schools, Setting Goals, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology

Some high schools now require a certain number of service hours for graduation, but many students don’t know how to get started with their service work or how best to find an activity that will be fulfilling for all parties involved. The benefits of giving back to the immediate community are many, but studies have … Continue reading

Wellness 101: Healthy Ways of Helping Your Teen Deal with Stress

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Category: Education Articles, Parenting, Setting Goals, Wellness

Each year, the topic of teenage stress garners increasing amounts of attention. In fact, a simple Google search for “teens and stress” yields an abundance of articles with key phrases along the lines of “severe anxiety” and “growing epidemic.” The attention is not unwarranted; in 2014, the American Psychological Association conducted a survey that revealed … Continue reading

Advising 101: Tips from the UC Counselor Conference

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Education Articles, Parenting, Schools, Setting Goals, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

As many of us know, admissions to the University of California system has gotten more and more selective over the years, particularly in the past decade. For instance, freshman applications at UC Berkeley have doubled in that time, and all UC campuses have now crossed the threshold of 100,000 for freshman and transfer applications each cycle. … Continue reading

Staff Spotlight Q&A: Ricardo

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Category: Inspirational Q & A

We are so excited that Ricardo has joined Green Ivy! He is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.S. in Biology and Minor in Creative Writing. While at Stanford, he conducted research in the Anatomy Lab and served as a Teaching Assistant for several classes in the Biology department. In his free time, he … Continue reading

Staff Spotlight Q&A: Yan Yan

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Category: Green Ivy Blog, Inspirational Q & A

We are thrilled that Yan Yan has joined Green Ivy! He graduated from the School of Engineering at Stanford University and is current a graduate candidate in Sustainability Science & Practice, with a focus on food insecurity and childhood health. As an undergraduate, Yan Yan worked with Ecuadorean beet farmers through Design for Extreme Affordability, held … Continue reading

Staff Spotlight Q & A: Olivia

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Category: Back-to-School

We are thrilled to welcome new staff member Olivia to Green Ivy! Olivia is a graduate of Stanford University, where she spend considerable time tutoring at East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring, working at a local free clinic and volunteering as an EMT. Olivia works with students on upper level math, science, history and writing, … Continue reading

The Summer Before Senior Year: A Fantastic Time to Work on College Applications

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Education Articles, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Teen Boys, Teen Girls

When putting together our college counseling services at Green Ivy, we made sure to build in four-day intensive college application “bootcamps” for all of our students to complete the summer before senior year. This workshop allows them to jump start the application process in a structured and supportive environment, while giving them a foundation of … Continue reading

Advising 101: How Best to Spend the Summer Before College—Great Ideas for High School Graduates

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Education Articles, Parenting, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

The summer before college can be a pivotal time for students, in part because finishing high school means they are one step closer to adulthood. While we at Green Ivy believe graduates should take time in these months to relax, see friends, and pursue the activities they enjoy, this can also be an optimal time … Continue reading