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 […]

Your Major is Not Your Destiny

May 4, 2018

by Justin Wang Many students applying to undergraduate programs agonize over what major to pick.  They worry about whether they’ll be trapped in a field of study that they’re not sure they will like.  Or that they’re compelled to select a major under pressure or influence from their parents. “Why do you want to study […]

How to Choose Extracurricular Activities

April 27, 2018

By Susan Packer Davis How should a student go about finding the right extracurricular activities? My answer is simple: A student should do what s/he loves to do – and then expand that passion into a meaningful and significant activity or project that will be about more than him or her, something for the greater […]

Writing: How to Make It Better

April 20, 2018

By Susan Packer Davis At the start of each and every school year, my mother, Sonya Packer, a professor in the Speech Department at UCLA for thirty years, would receive a note in her box from the Chancellor, imploring all the professors at UCLA to do whatever they could to raise the level of writing […]

An overview and strategy to completing college admissions

April 12, 2018

By Darian Brooks College application season can be a pretty stressful time for students and their families with all of the different deadlines, application materials, and testing necessary. Some programs and majors also have supplemental materials adding to the long list of requirements necessary for students completing the application process. For example, those students looking […]

Ways To Be Creative and Independent This Summer

April 6, 2018

By Lia Tanti Summertime usually conjures up images of lounging by the poolside, drinking iced tea, and taking it easy. After all the hard work you put in during the school year, you certainly deserve (and need!) the physical and mental break that summer offers. However, summer isn’t just about having more time to relax; […]

Accepted! Now What? Choosing Which College to Attend After Being Accepted to Multiple Institutions

March 30, 2018

By Calla Buttke Congratulations! You’ve received multiple acceptance letters. Which college should you choose? It’s that time of year when colleges are sending out thousands of envelopes, both thick and thin. Fortunately for you, you’ve received multiple thick envelopes bearing offers of admission. However, now you have a problem (albeit a good one): Which offer […]