"Because my family is a well-known Black family in the Black community here in Charleston, I sometimes am also trying to uphold a certain standard and not fall into the peer pressure and environments that people sometimes are pushing me into," says full-ride USC admit Justice Wooden who was raised by his grandma and seen as the "nerdy kid" of his community.
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.
Teacher Columnist: “From an outsider’s standpoint, Jimmy isn’t amazing. He had a 1.8 GPA that semester,” says high school science teacher Daniel Lieu about his most memorable student. Daniel shares what impressed him about Jimmy and how he ultimately got into UCLA’s biochemistry major on a full ride.
If your student is on the fence about taking the SAT or ACT, don’t be. There’s an easy way to figure out if taking the standardized tests is worth your student’s time. And it starts this: no admissions officer ever ran down the hallway to his coworker screaming “LOOK! An 36 ACT! We need to admit her now!”
TEACHER COLUMNIST: “We won’t lie and say things that you aren’t, but we also aren’t going to write you a bad letter of recommendation. Admissions representatives are looking for…what isn’t included,” says high school STEM teacher Daniel Lieu. This week, Daniel explains the effects of all the words left out of a one-page teacher recommendation.
We want your application evaluator’s heart rate to go up, eyes to well up, jaw to drop — and run to their coworker yelling “stop everything and read this applicant’s essay now!” Covid turned college admissions wacky, but the steps to writing a well-crafted college essay haven’t changed. Here are the 3 tried and true, timeless tips that make a college essay memorable, compelling, and successful.
“Many parents pressure their child into only aiming for 4-year colleges, however for some students, 4-year colleges are not the best fit.” Our newest columnist, Daniel Lieu, a Los Angeles-based high school science teacher, has helped countless students get into college. This week, he shares the 3 things parents should know about college admissions, from a teacher’s perspective.
Are you looking for the best summer program for your teen? Summer activities matter to colleges, and just playing at home won’t cut it for elite admissions. From our guest writer, here are the 10 things to consider when choosing summer programs.