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

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

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: How Building a Positive Online Presence Can Impact College Admissions

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Education Articles, Parenting, Setting Goals, Social Media Wellness, Social Networking, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology

Recent studies show that between 35 and 50 percent of admissions officers are viewing students’ social media profiles. This doesn’t mean they are looking for anything embarrassing or inappropriate, but it does mean they are using it as one way of gathering more information about applicants. When we talk about a student’s online presence, much … Continue reading

The Benefits of Summer Standardized Test Prep

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Parenting, Setting Goals, Summer Plans

In 2017, the SAT added a new August test date, and we had fantastic results among our Green Ivy students who prepped with us last summer. In fact, many rising seniors were able to add 200–300 points to their SAT scores and 6 or 7 points to their ACT scores, while also getting standardized testing … 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

March Madness: Taking a Closer Look at Lesser Known “Cinderella Story” Colleges

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Education Articles, NY Times articles, Parenting, Schools, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

If you pay attention to college basketball and March Madness (or even if you don’t) by now you have probably heard about the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). This team pulled off the NCAA tournament’s biggest upset ever by ousting #1 ranked University of Virginia. What you might not have heard about is the … Continue reading

Academic Advising 101: Creative Ways to Spend Your Summer

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

Our previous post on summer plans focused on some of our favorite programs at colleges and other venues, and featured everything from STEM research and creative writing courses to outdoor adventure trips. Those featured programs are great ways to spend part of your summer, but they may not be the right fit for students who … Continue reading

Academic Advising 101: Tips for Developing an Effective UC Application

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

Many of our college counseling students at Green Ivy apply to a mix of private schools, out-of-state public universities, some CSU campuses, and the UCs. In terms of the UCs, admissions at certain campuses in recent years has rivaled those at top-tier private schools, even though the UC regents agreed to a systemwide cap on … Continue reading