Week one of Collegewise counselor training

We just completed week one of training for our newest counselor, Stefanie.  Each week of this training, I thought I'd share what our trainer, Margot, has been covering.  Here's the syllabus she delivered for the first week. Topics for Day 1: Introduction to College Admissions and to Private Counseling This session will examine the intersection […]

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What’s your role?

What's role on the baseball team, on the student government, or in the school play?  You might say you're the pitcher, the treasurer, or Danny Zucko (if you're performing Grease).  Those titles are important, but they're not your roles.   Titles are easy to describe.  Your role is a little more complex.  Your role is different […]

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Redesigning our testing calendar

I've been working (again) with Arun Ponnusamy from Open Road Education on several projects we'll be rolling out together over the next six months.  One of them is to work together with our counselors to improve the Collegewise materials, and to start licensing those materials to high schools and private counselors.  Here's an example of […]

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Are bright, well-rounded kids boring?

We're training a new counselor in our Irvine, CA office.  Today we discussed highly selective college admissions–what it really takes to get into the most selective colleges.  The problem with college admissions today is that all the highest achievers–from around the world–apply to the same 40 colleges.  So schools like Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Duke, Georgetown, […]

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Get a job

Colleges love an applicant who's had a job.  And it doesn't have to be a fancy-sounding internship at your mom or dad's company.  Colleges–and future employers–are even more impressed by real, honest teenage jobs, like flipping burgers or coaching basketball or selling clothes at the mall.     Colleges know that it takes initiative and responsibility […]

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