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

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

In Support of Paper Planners and Schools That Utilize Them!

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Category: Crumpled Paper Book, Green Ivy Blog, Parenting, Schools, Setting Goals, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

In our Green Ivy offices, we have witnessed firsthand how valuable it is when students write down all their assignments, activities, and appointments in a paper planner. For many students, this simple habit not only helps them stay organized, but also relieves stress, as they can better problem solve around managing their time. For instance, … Continue reading

Advising 101: How To Handle the Waitlist

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Green Ivy Blog, Parenting, Schools, Setting Goals, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

It’s spring, and all the admissions decisions are finally rolling in! For most seniors, this is a time full of mixed emotions. It’s exciting and nerve-wracking to sort through your acceptances and rejections, not to mention what happens in one of the most vexing admissions situations: a spot on the waitlist. If you’re no longer … Continue reading

Advising 101: What Are Admissions Officers Looking for in College Essays?

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Green Ivy Blog, Parenting, Schools, Setting Goals

In our ongoing Advising 101 series, we’ve covered everything from the importance of letters of recommendation and managing the application process to some of the most persistent myths about applying to college that we’ve heard over the years. One rumor we hear consistently is that the essays don’t really matter. The truth is that they … Continue reading

Wellness 101: Helping Your Child Build Intrinsic Motivation

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Category: Education Articles, Green Ivy Blog, Parenting, Setting Goals, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Wellness

We have all struggled with motivation at some point in our lives—from accessing it to maintaining its momentum over time. As a result, one of the most challenging aspects of being a parent is knowing how to constructively motivate your child, academically or otherwise. Many parents use external motivation to get the desired results, whether negative … 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

Guest Post: Not Sure Where to Start With College Applications? We Have a Bootcamp for That!

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Green Ivy Blog, Setting Goals, Teenagers

While I love the work that I do as a college admissions counselor, I have to admit that each year I look forward to the end of the application season. Mostly, this is so all the students I’ve helped through the application process can take a breath and relax—and so can I. Over the last decade, applying … Continue reading