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

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

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