Need help with your University of California app?

Just in time for the launch of the University of California application, join Collegewise counselor Nicole Pilar for the following free webinar: Acing Your University of California App Wednesday, October 24, 2018 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. (PDT) Click here to register. And don’t worry if you can’t make it on October 24th — we’ll […]

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Leadership litmus test

The simplest test of whether or not you’re a leader: 1. Are you causing a change to happen? 2. Are people willingly joining you to help make that change? Authority and titles don’t make you a leader. People doing what you tell them to because they have no other choice doesn’t make you a leader. […]

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Delayed gratitude

Here’s an easy formula for showing gratitude in a way that’s certain to make an impact. First, express your thanks (here’s some advice on how to do it well). Then set a reminder (use a calendar or an app) in the future based on when you think you’ll have something to show for the help you […]

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The formula for more great days

Want to start regularly coming up with positive answers to that daily question, “How was your day?” Try this. 1. Pick one thing to do more of. 2. Pick one thing to do less of. 3. Pick one thing to stop doing entirely. Habits, thoughts, actions—anything at all can make the list provided both doable […]

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Contribution > résumé

My first job out of college was at a test prep company, and while I was employed there, our office burned down overnight. It happened right in the middle of the fall busy season, with hundreds of students enrolled in courses to prepare for the SATs, ACTs, and the various exams for graduate school. All […]

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Outright truths

College applicants, as you list your involvements and accolades on your college applications, consider this: if someone from the college were to pick up the phone and say, “Tell me more about this,” would you be excited to share more, or would you feel like you’d just been exposed? I’ve rarely met students who outright lie […]

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The spirit of the message

I occasionally come across an article where I agree with the spirit—but not the letter—of the advice, and that’s the case with “10 Messages That Matter More Than a Report Card.” I simply cannot imagine ever saying to a child or teenager, “Your flexibility and grit certainly helped you grow from this adversity.” But while the […]

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Efficient fuel

Students, if you were to list your five most successful and fulfilling achievements—a good grade on a test, a raise at your part-time job, a learned skill in something that matters to you—what  would you learn from it? What behaviors led to the success? How can you apply those approaches to other areas of your […]

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Self-persuasion

If you have a student, colleague, or friend who’s always late and leaves you waiting, here’s a technique that may change their behavior. The day before your next scheduled meeting together, just ask, “Will you be late tomorrow?” Most people can’t bring themselves to answer yes to that question. But just considering the question at all makes […]

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