All the Webinars in the World

IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ EVERYTHING, SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM. THERE’S A LOT OF USEFUL INFORMATION. I SWEAR. (Formatting to follow.) Anyway, here goes… Hey everyone, I feel like I blinked, three months passed, and early applications are due. Anyone else? So, what’s new in the world of college admissions consulting? Everything is online. Also, everything is online. In one sense, the new norm is kind of awesome – online webinars even the ... [read more]

Should you be doing the SAT/ ACT this year?

Decision-Making for US College Applications: A COVID-19 post This is the first mini-article in a series of minis focused on how COVID-19 may affect the decisions parents/ guardians and students have to make when applying to US colleges. Decision 1: Should you be doing the SAT/ ACT this year? Reasons to take the SAT/ ACT: Students have more free time to study right now than they may ever have again. Schools that have shifted to test-optional for the Fall 2021 intake may shift ... [read more]

Spring and Summer Learning Options for Students on Lockdown: A COVID-19 post

Everyone s circumstances are different. So if you are just in survival mode physically, mentally, or emotionally you should not feel like there is pressure from me or anyone else to do more. This post (and future posts about how to spend lockdown) is for students who might have extra time on their hands, are looking for ways to contribute, or want to learn something new. It is for students whose anxiety about the future may be alleviated by boosting their resumes or doing something ... [read more]

The initial impact of Covid-19 on US admissions for internationals

I wrote the following email on March 26th and it was so well-received that I decided to post it on the website:Has Covid-19 affected admissions and will it continue to do so? In a nutshell, yes. Covid-19 has already affected admissions this year and I hesitate to make firm predictions regarding next year’s intake. That said, I hope this email can shed some light on pros and cons of US admissions in the current climate. Everything is in constant flux and a lot can change. With this ... [read more]

Sprinting Down the Athletic Route: Part 2 In-Depth Timelines

Timelines Freshman and Sophomore Year (Grades 9 and 10) Make sure you are on track to get the correct number and type of CXC/ CAPE passes Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to answer these questions Think about whether you will be leaving at the end of Form 5, Lower 6, or Upper 6. Until September 1st of junior year/ Grade 11, coaches can: Send you sports camp brochures, NCAA information, questionnaires Accept phone calls at your expense Speak to you on campus if you are visiting ... [read more]

Sprinting Down the Athletic Route: Part 1 Understanding Requirements

This year, I was fortunate enough to work with two dedicated, national track and field athletes, so please excuse the sprinting pun in the title. Also, I apologize for the lack of articles. The SAT and consulting season in 2018 was more hectic than I expected – I thought I would have time to write an article every two weeks, but, after August, I only had time for webinars. So, with the optimism of New Year s resolutions, here I am again to answer questions, correct misconceptions, and ... [read more]

When contacting admissions officers, what factors should you consider?

As usual, as the August to February admissions frenzy rolls back around, I find myself reading more and more college admissions blogs, thinking about what might be most valuable for my students. Recently, I found myself on a USC blog post called making the college admissions process about you . And I was struck, not by the words of the article, but by the student comments at the bottom. And the first thing I noticed was, wow, I can identify the internationals right away! The second thing ... [read more]

Seven Ways US College Admissions Differs for International Students

Being an international student can make an already difficult process even more daunting. This article was based on unexpected sources of stress that cropped up for my former students during their application processes. It was supported by further research into top US universities and their specific international procedures. First of all, who qualifies as an international student? A good rule of thumb is that if you need a visa to study in the United States (even if you have a pending Green ... [read more]

Spend Your Summer Meaningfully

Note: Scroll down to the numbered items if you want to just get to the ways in which you can spend your summer. I was thirteen years old and the end of Form 2 (Grade 7) was quicklyapproaching. My seventeen-year-old sister came home bursting with excitement. She and her friends were going to start a summer camp to make some extra money and please, please, could she do it at our house? Always on the lookout for a sibling bonding moment, my mom agreed, with the non-negotiable stipulation that I ... [read more]

If you just got accepted to a school in the US this article is for you

In this I will be sharing with you all the unexpected stresses of getting accepted to a university away. It was a Friday afternoon. I was supposed to be on a Monday flight out of the country for a family wedding when I suddenly realised that I had given my passport to the US Embassy the day before. It was 3:15 P.M. and the only way I could travel was to get an emergency travel document from the immigration office which would close at 4:00 P.M. I printed out the form and ran to my car. ... [read more]