The Downside of Privilege

January 11, 2019

By David Phillips Whether we like it or not, socioeconomic judgments play a role in admissions. While being authentic is perennially good advice, in the face of admissions systems which may prefer certain types of students over others, beyond factors such as grades and test scores, there will certainly be certain demographics which tend to be […]

What Are Colleges Looking For?

January 4, 2019

By Henry Wang What are colleges looking for when they review your application? They not only look at your numbers (GPA and test scores) but also your character and the qualities you can bring to their community. As a consultant, I often ask my students: “What makes you unique? What can you bring to a […]

NCAA Athletic Scholarships: Does everybody get one?

December 21, 2018

by Darian Brooks It is best to start by saying no, not all recruited student-athletes at the collegiate level receive or are even offered full athletic scholarships. Not only that, but not all colleges or universities are even able to offer money through athletics. A student wishing to get on the field and play to represent […]

Career Planning in an Uncertain Job Market

December 14, 2018

by Tobias Joel In 2016, the World Economic Forum (WEF) estimated that 65% of today’s school-age students will later work jobs that, at present, do not exist. This fundamental change is part of what WEF calls the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” a combination of widespread technological automation and cultural adaptation. Here at ThinkTank, we are actively […]

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 […]