"I thought I was a very bland person. But then I began to look more for little events, the little things. So, for example, my Common App essay, I ended up writing about my transition from middle school to high school," says Ashley Celada, a Long Beach, Calif. native headed to Stanford University this fall. Ashley is one of the less than 5% of applicants who received an offer of admission.
Your baby is applying to college. You are most likely paying for it. You may want to be involved with every step, from brainstorming to essay writing to college selection. While you are not alone as a parent who wants to know everything going on with your kiddo’s college apps, hovering over your child during this process can backfire. Here’s how.
Most people fail to see how simple the college application process is. Your student really only has to complete a handful of steps before applying. I break down the steps to applying for college, cutting out the fluff and optional stuff that everyone stresses over. If you want to see how easy it really can be, read this.
GPAs are like tattoos: irreversible. Everlasting. Possibly embarrassing, but sadly, unerasable. If your child has a low GPA, instead of worrying about it and overworking to raise it, here are 3 things to do that’ll actually make a difference for college.
Sally and Timmy loved to hang in my classroom and eat lunch with their friend group. I’d join them every once in a while and had a chance to get to know the students. They both asked me to write their recommendation letter to UC Berkeley. I wasn’t the best person who could attest to what the admissions team was looking for. Read high school STEM teacher Daniel Lieu’s column this week to make sure your child’s teacher won’t deny his request for a college letter of recommendation.
A small California college once asked if my international student would have family living nearby. I asked why that mattered. From the international applicant’s perspective, U.S. colleges might all look the same, just with different names and locations. But international applicants receive varying treatment from U.S. colleges that may cause more expenditures, less flexibility, and a living situation that involves mom as a roommate. Here are 3 things international applicants should look out for when choosing U.S. colleges.
TEACHER COLUMNIST: “Just like how the fashion industry continues to perpetuate unrealistic beauty characteristics as the majority look, education often perpetuates a reality of a student with an excellent GPA, involved in sports, and involved in all the extracurricular activities as the norm.” Teacher Columnist Daniel Lieu shares 3 ways students with low grades and shy personalities can still receive meaningful teacher recommendations for college.
A parent in the audience of a recent college admissions presentation asked me this: “A lot of students at school self-study for AP tests. Should my student be worried about this and self-study for a few tests too?” Teens should not be worrying about what others do and don’t do in their free time. Let’s break down the types of students who SHOULD and SHOULDN’T self-study for AP tests.