How to Avoid the Freshman 15 in College

December 7, 2018

By Jason Bi With college just around the corner, there are many stressors that most students face. Students often worry about getting along with roommates, finding classes, making friends and avoiding the “freshman 15” weight gain. While you can’t handpick your roommate, you can take charge of your health and keep your weight in check. […]

The Importance of Personal Development and Balance as a College Applicant

November 30, 2018

By Andrew Henrotin Every student has unique personal and academic characteristics and his or her own story and path to success. High school students apply to college with a wide variety of interests, skills, capacities, and talents. In order to encourage, promote, and showcase these individual traits and experiences, they need love, support, limits, and a […]

The Late Start

November 23, 2018

By Tobias Joel It was September and most students were polishing drafts of UC essays. This time in application season is for focusing on student’s prospective schools, especially those selected for Early Action or Early Decision. It was logistically too late to begin selecting new schools, and seemingly too late to start the application process […]

USC WBB Success Story

November 16, 2018

By Tobias Joel Since childhood, he had watched his aunt create her own business. At first, he saw only her physical efforts: the long hours; the constant note-taking and brainstorming. The student was impressed by her dedication. But later, when he became old enough to tag along on business trips, he noticed another side of […]

Letters of Recommendation

November 9, 2018

By Tobias Joel A good lawyer selects her witnesses carefully: she needs their testimony to confirm parts of her case. The same strategic thinking should be behind student choices for letters of recommendation. As in court, effective recommendations are critical because these are the only parts of an application not directly created by students. If […]

Misunderstanding Liberal Arts

November 2, 2018

By Tobias Joel The biggest misunderstanding about the “Liberal Arts”—topics like history, language, and philosophy—is that they are outdated. When compared to STEM, liberal arts subjects are viewed as lacking both rigor and any relevance for today’s jobs. But in fact, neither could be further from the truth. Forgotten is the liberal arts’ core contribution […]

Why study SAC/ACT vocabulary?

October 26, 2018

By Tobias Joel Studying vocabulary on the SAT/ACT is the most economical way to raise your overall score: time invested in vocabulary study promises the highest yields vis-à-vis test performance. Still, vocabulary does not receive much attention because it is more mechanical than conceptual—it boils down to raw memorization of words. And students have to […]

The UCs, and The Makings of Success

October 19, 2018

By David Phillips Every year, the nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California release their admissions decisions during throughout the month of March. This year, heralding another great admissions cycle for my students, I heard from the UCs in mid February when one of my top students received an invitation to interview for the Regents’ […]

Reasons to Play a Sport in High School

October 12, 2018

By Darian Brooks A question I always receive as a consultant is regarding whether or not to play a sport through high school. The answer is not always simple since every student’s situation is different. Therefore I will layout some reasons why students should or should not choose to participate in a sport during those […]

Tips to setting yourself up to receive the best letter of recommendation possible

October 3, 2018

by Tobias Joel A good lawyer selects her witnesses carefully: she needs their testimony to confirm parts of her case. The same strategic thinking should be behind student choices for letters of recommendation. As in court, effective recommendations are critical because these are the only parts of an application not directly created by students. If letters […]