By

stef mauler
Demonstrated Interest

Do You Love Me? Do You Love Me Not?

The 2021-2022 admissions cycle brought with it several surprises. Perhaps, the most stunning was watching some students with lower GPAs gain admission to schools that, historically would have been out of their academic reach, while other, academic high-fliers (valedictorians, perfect...
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Academic Interest

Unpacking the Academic Index

Although Ivy League and highly selective schools have tried to deny the use of a formula to determine admissions outcomes, the truth is that they have been using such a statistical tool as an input to admissions decisions since the...
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Chocolates

College Is Like A Box of Chocolates

A couple of months ago, I had a conversation with a parent of a sophomore who was concerned that her daughter had no idea where she wanted to go to college, what she wanted to study, or how to start...
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Tips And Tricks

5 Easy Tips for a Better College Application Resumé

Fashion legend Carolina Herrera is famous for dressing First Ladies like Jacqueline Onassis, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, and Melania Trump. Herrera knows a thing or two about helping people stand out for the right reasons. “Attention to detail is of...
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Why Studying Abroad Is Awesome

Why Studying Abroad Is Awesome

When I ask students if they would be interested in studying abroad, they often say something along the lines of, “I don’t want an international degree. I only want to go to college in the US… or maybe Canada” (it...
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Book Love

Reading Matters

  “Miss, why you makin’ us read this old book? I haven’t read a book since elementary school!” “Miss! Why do we have to read EVERY DAY?!” My inner sigh is profound. Where did we go wrong? When did reading...
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Career

Pursuing Your Professional Passion

“How is a teenager supposed to know what they want to do for the rest of their lives?” This question really applies to/impacts everyone. How does anyone go about finding their professional passion? I can think of three ways: Wing It...
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Book Burning

The Impact of a Book

There is a famous art project titled, “The Castle” by Mexican artist Jorge Mendez Blake which shows what a book, in this case, Franz Kafka’s The Castle, can do to the foundation of a brick wall. The metaphor invoked resonates...
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Oops

3 Biggest Mistakes When Selecting a College

A huge portion of students have no clue how to choose the right college. How do I know this? Because on average, around one-third of students drop out before the start of their sophomore year. Another third transfer at some...
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To Submit Or Not To Submit

Do I or Don’t I?

The post-COVID world is full of “do I or don’t I” questions: Do I or don’t I wear a mask? Do I or don’t I get a vaccine? Do I or don’t I visit my aging grandmother in the senior...
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