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

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: 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 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

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