Finding Your Passion

Finding Your Passion

Virtually every college counselor preaches the importance of discovering something, anything, and pursuing it passionately. The earlier in one’s high school career that one discovers this passion, the better, because the longer one dedicates yourself, the sooner you might gain mastery over a hard to acquire skill that just might place you near the top of the applicant heap.

Enrollment Management and the Admissions Experience

Enrollment Management and the Admissions Experience

During junior and the first half of senior year most high school students often find their mail flooded with solicitations from universities and colleges.

What is behind this flurry of marketing pieces? Each college’s enrollment management system collects student data from PSAT or PLAN registration, college fairs, or website visits (to name just a few  sources) which are then used to aggressively solicit potential applicants. As Jack Maguire, the father of enrollment management systems noted over 35 years ago, “To the Organized, Go the Students.” (Bridge Magazine, 1976)

Creating a Career Plan: Becoming an Economist

Creating a Career Plan: Becoming an Economist

Ambitious students conduct research and develop plans for their undergraduate years to ensure that their careers and personal goals are met. Learning to write well and communicate effectively, along with securing meaningful recommendations from professors, are probably goals included in many plans. Yet, beyond setting goals, there are other reasons to plan. As Dwight Eisenhower noted, “plans are nothing, planning is everything.” 

Working for Google

Working for Google

While many might pine for the acceptance letter from one of the eight Ivy League colleges, few are actually aware of where many of the top graduates from the elite eight actually end up working. 

Consider this mystery solved. Reddit published in its ‘Applying to College’ section research on where Ivy League alumni work after graduation.

This information was obtained from LinkedIn, and can be found at https://www.reddit.com/r/ApplyingToCollege/comments/6j6elm/have_you_ever_wondered_where_ivy_league_alumni/ 

The 'Additional Information' Section of the Application

The 'Additional Information' Section of the Application

Within the Common application is an ‘Additional Information’ section allowing you to share ‘relevant information about yourself that is not captured elsewhere.’

Most applicants do not need to add anything to the additional comments section of the Common Application (or the UC Application for that matter). Leaving it empty does not in any way imply that the application is half finished, incomplete or less appealing. 80% of the applicants I’ve worked with over the years don’t touch this section, which is as it should be.