PCAP Success Story

September 14, 2018

By Henry Wang Shy, humble, but determined, she is my student who is going to Caltech this fall. I have worked with her for almost two years on her high school academics, standardized tests, extracurricular activities, summer programs, and ultimately college applications. Besides leading student clubs and taking additional classes outside the school, like most […]

Major Profile: Applied Mathematics

September 7, 2018

by Tobias Joel In high school mathematics, the focus is finding answers. The goal is to extract an answer from a prepared question. In Applied Mathematics, the process is reversed: the focus is finding questions. The goal is to extract a question that opens analysis of the world around us. To put it simply, typical math […]

Top Reasons to Study Abroad

August 31, 2018

by Calla Buttke Whether you’re interested in studying abroad for a short period of time or for your entire high school and/or college career, the experiences you have while studying outside of your home country can significantly broaden your horizons, open your mind, and enhance your career prospects. For me personally, studying in both China […]

Factfulness and Student Purpose

August 24, 2018

By Tobias Joel “Factfulness” means approaching ideas with an unclouded lense, a viewpoint based on observations rather than assumptions. Author Ola Rosling first coined “Factfulness” when researching historical trends in global poverty. As he began presenting his findings, Rosling noticed widespread misunderstanding regarding the nature of poverty. The gap between general opinion and Rosling’s data-based conclusions […]

Humility in College Essays

August 17, 2018

By Eugenia Kaw If you want to show your best qualities to college admission officers, shouldn’t you brag in college essays or at least write about them?  The answer may seem obvious to some, but when you understand a bit more about what qualities colleges value most and also, the role of college essays, the answer […]

Major 101 — Economics

August 10, 2018

By Chen Liu What if I’m not into computer science? What if I don’t want to become a doctor in the future? What if I’m not interested in anything that’s too humanity? What if I want to work for big companies? What if… It’s not unusual that a high school student doesn’t have a direction; […]

Tips for Choosing or Starting a Club

August 3, 2018

By Calla Buttke The club fair finally rolls around and you eagerly browse the array of colorful tents and flyers, listening to chipper club officers pitch their Greatest Club Ever. With so many options to choose from, you sign up for several and anticipate the many things you’ll learn and the many activities you’ll take […]

Michigan Success Story

July 27, 2018

By Calla Buttke During this past college application season, I spent quite a bit of time with a student with the initials of CD. One of our guaranteed students, I served as his essay consultant and helped him with his essays for ten different college applications. Over the course of the months last fall and […]

PCAP Success Story

July 20, 2018

By Calla Buttke As the college application season wanes and envelopes, both thick and thin, are sent out, emotions run high as students are accepted, waitlisted, or rejected by the institutions of higher education to which they applied. Overall, the culmination of this PCAP season has been quite successful, as students with whom I worked […]

Advantages of Attending a Large, Public University

July 13, 2018

By Calla Buttke While sometimes public colleges and universities get a bad rap, there are numerous advantages to attending a large, public university. Although attending a large, public school may not be the best fit for all students, state institutions provide many benefits that a wide variety of college students can take advantage of. Cost […]