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Most seniors are busy right now with college applications, racing to meet the November 1st deadline for many early action and early decision schools. If you’re a senior or a parent of a senior, I would highly recommend this film about the stressful process that millions of people are going through at this time: “In…

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How Much Is A College Degree Worth?

Have you ever wondered how much a college degree is worth? Given the skyrocketing costs of a college education, this is a question I hear a lot these days! The evidence still shows that college graduates earn significantly more than high school graduates. And college graduates who major in certain fields earn a lot more…

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Inner Strength and Peace for High School Students

I’m sure you’ll agree… We live in uncertain times. At the moment, many people are experiencing high levels of anxiety and fear about the future. High school students are working hard at school and participating actively in extracurricular activities. Many do not sleep enough and feel pressure from parents and teachers. Having attended Harvard and…

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Colleges Value Kindness

Admissions officers are trying to make the college admissions process more humane, and students who show kindness may finally be getting positive attention from admissions officers! The overachievement trend seems to be reversing now, according to a report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. What does that mean in practical terms, when students are…

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Do Colleges Look at Students’ Facebook Pages?

Have you ever wondered why a college admissions officer would look at your social media page? A recent study by Kaplan showed that admissions officers look at social media pages for a variety of reasons: 1. If the applicant mentions a special talents 2. To verify awards 3. If an applicant has a disciplinary history…

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What is the Secret of Talent?

Recently I read a book that I highly recommend for any parent, teacher, or coach. It’s called The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle, and I would love to hear your thoughts about it after you read the book (or listen to the audiobook). Here’s a description of the book from amazon.com: “What is the secret…

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What Are Your Summer Plans?

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about your summer plans. Many college and summer program applications have deadlines in the spring and require teacher recommendations. Seats fill up fast in the most prestigious programs, so it’s important to apply early. Ideally, your summer adventures and explorations are an extension of your extracurricular activities…

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Finding Community Service Opportunities

Happy Holidays! I hope you’re enjoying the holidays with your friends and family and celebrating all the truth, beauty, and goodness in your life! This is the season of giving and the perfect time of year to express your joy and appreciation for everything and everyone in your life. One way to do this is…

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The Value of AP Credits in College

Will you be taking AP exams this school year? If you have the opportunity to do so, I would highly recommend it. Many highly selective colleges offer college credit for students who score well on AP exams, but very few students take advantage of these opportunities. At Harvard, students who have scored 5 on a…

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The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens

At Ivy League Potential, our students learn how to apply the secrets of success in their own lives, based on the research of leaders in the field of personal growth and development. Today I would like to share important points from Sean Covey’s book The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Teens: Habit 1 BE PROACTIVE…

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Save Thousands of Dollars in College Tuition

High school seniors and their parents around the country are now hearing back from colleges about whether or not they were accepted, and financial aid considerations are an important part of this decision. Many families don’t know that there is a way to save thousands of dollars in college tuition. Recently I helped a high school…

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Do Employers Want Liberal Arts Students?

Many students wonder whether to apply to a liberal arts college or a pre-professional college that will prepare them for the workforce. The same kind of question arises when students are asked to decide on their field of study in college. Given the high cost of attending university these days, parents wonder whether a degree…

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Is There Gender Bias in College Admissions?

Do you ever wonder if there is gender bias in college admissions? A New York Times article explored the work being done at Harvard Business School to reduce gender bias in the classroom. It’s interesting to note that even at Harvard Business School, many successful women students do not feel free to fully express themselves…

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What Makes You Come Alive?

What makes you come alive? This is a worthy question for anyone, young or old. As high schools and universities across the country prepare for graduation, I wanted to share a quote from Oprah Winfrey’s 2013 Harvard University Commencement Speech: “You will find true success and happiness if you have only one goal. There really…

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900+ Essays from Harvard & Stanford Students Reveal…

What do essays from Harvard and Stanford students reveal? AdmitSee researchers analyzed 539 essays from students who were accepted to Stanford and 393 essays from students who were accepted to Harvard. The study showed that students who had a sad tone and who called their parents “mother and father” were more likely to get accepted…

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How Does a College Know You Will Accept Their Offer?

Have you ever wondered how admissions officers know that you’re serious about attending their college? These days, students are applying to 10-15 universities, and admissions officers don’t know if a student is likely to accept their offer of admission or not. To help them in this process, they rely on “demonstrated interest”. Some of the…

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50,000 College Essays Analyzed

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin analyzed 50,000 college admissions essays from more than 25,000 entering students and then tracked student grades over the next four years of college to see if there was a correlation. What did they find? Interestingly, the computer-based analysis showed that universities reward a certain kind of cognitive…

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Early Decision or Early Action?

Do you plan to apply Early Decision or Early Action to a college? Many colleges have higher acceptance rates during the Early Decision and Early Action round, so this is an important consideration that comes up for every rising senior. Answering this question is challenging, because it involves understanding the implications of applying early. Early…

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Listen to the Dean of Harvard

Do you ever wish you could hear directly from the deans of admissions at top universities? Today I watched a video interview of William Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Harvard University. I found the video really interesting, especially when he mentioned that the college is interested in students with multiple intelligences. At…

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Increase Your Test Scores through Tutoring

“Colleges report either that they use a cut-off test score in the admission process or that a small increase in test score could have a significant impact on an applicant’s chances of being admitted…As it has been found that even small test score increases may increase a student’s chances of admission at selective institutions, if money and time are…

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