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

Happy 4th of July!

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Category: Uncategorized

We hope you are having a fantastic summer! Our offices will be closed from the 4th-7th so our staff can spend time with their families, but we will reopen on Sunday, July 8th. Enjoy the holiday!

Five Things To Cross Off Your College Application List This Summer

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

It may feel as though summer has just started, but July is almost here (!) and the countdown to fall semester will begin soon. Since it can be challenging to juggle college applications with the flurry of senior year, at Green Ivy we work with all of our college counseling students over the summer on … Continue reading

Advising 101: Getting a Jump Start on Your Common App Activities List

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

The Common Application is now open, so rising seniors can create accounts and begin filling it out. Although the accounts will refresh on August 1, nearly all of the information entered before then will roll over to the current year’s application. Because the space on the Common Application is limited to 10 activities and brief … Continue reading

Advising 101: “Demonstrated Interest” Has Nothing To Do With Dating, But Everything To Do With College Admissions

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Education Articles, Parenting, Schools, Setting Goals, Social Networking

A lot of buzzwords surround the college application process, and one that comes up frequently is “demonstrated interest.” Colleges use this term in admissions as a way to measure the level of curiosity and excitement a given student shows in regard to a particular school. Many admissions officers feel that a higher level of demonstrated … Continue reading