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 […]

How to Demonstrate Interest in the College Application Process

July 6, 2018

By Andrew Henrotin “Demonstrated interest” is how a college applicant shows he or she is serious about attending a particular college. As high school students are applying to more and more schools, colleges are giving demonstrated interest extra consideration in determining admissions and financial aid decisions. The main reason for this trend is colleges want […]

A Success Story in Writing Essays and Personal Statements

June 29, 2018

By Andrew Henrotin Lynn was applying to MFA graphic design programs at highly selective schools and came to ThinkTank for help with writing her application essays and personal statements. Before I began working with Lynn, I knew very little about her or graphic design. Over the course of a couple rigorous months, I got to […]

What Harvard (and other Ivy League schools) Consider in an Applicant

June 21, 2018

By Andrew Henrotin College admissions is not perfect nor an exact science. Some students who are denied admission to top colleges are quite capable, while some of those admitted might be better off somewhere else. Regardless, reputable institutions do everything possible to make the best admissions decisions for each student. Harvard College evaluates each applicant […]

Who NOT to Listen To during the College Application Process

June 15, 2018

By Susan Packer Davis I have been advising students and parents about college applications and essays for nearly forty years.  One of the most important pieces of advice I always give them is to place imaginary ear muffs over their ears as I help them navigate college and university admissions.  It is never a good […]

Last-Minute Summer Planning

June 8, 2018

By Chen Liu The admission results of summer programs are all released now. Do you get rejected by that popular program every Bay Area kid is talking about? When your friends are discussing what they are doing this summer, you realize that it’s too late to sign up for any summer programs…What’s your backup plan? […]

Deciding Between Schools with Your Gut Feeling and Heart

June 1, 2018

By Justin Wang This is the season when hopefully, students will have a number of schools accepting them.  So how does one pick between schools? Should it be the biggest name school you got a “yes”?  Should it be the one with the prettiest campus? Or should it be the one where more of my […]

Tesla Tour Factory

May 25, 2018

By Vi Le In the summer of 2016, my students and I had the opportunity to experience a factory tour at Tesla, located down the street from the ThinkTank Fremont Center. Three rising seniors pursuing STEM field were chosen in this special opportunity: Justin Wan, who is interested in mechanical and aerospace engineering, Andy Jiang, […]

The Mindshift of a Transfer Student: How Not To Make the Same Mistakes Twice

May 18, 2018

By Will Miller This blog topic is intended to reach students who are seeking admission transfers to the institutions that previously rejected them. However, I also recommend it to current high school students and their parents, particularly in 10th and 11th grades. You didn’t get into your dream school after completing twelfth grade. So instead […]

Why Do I Need My Consultant?

May 11, 2018

By Samuel Fung I have a Geometry test to study for tomorrow. Basketball practice ran late. My friends are going to hang out and get boba. I can handle this myself. Every student is busy, and the competition for much coveted spots at universities only gets tougher each year. It is no wonder that students […]