Tips for Putting Together Strong College Applications

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling

The college application process is in full swing, and early application deadlines are around the corner, so Green Ivy wanted to offer some tips and best practices for students to keep up their momentum and put together the strongest applications possible. Take charge of the entire college application process. Remember, you are applying to college, not your parents. … Continue reading

Tip Sheet for the 2017-18 Common Application

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

The Common Application officially launches for the 2017-18 season on August 1st. However, students can fill out the bulk of their application information now and it will roll-over when the system re-opens—great news for students who want to get a head start on the process! Note: not all information will be preserved, and we’ve outlined the different categories … Continue reading

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