January 2, 2024 / Operations Staff / College Counseling
by: Sarah Rafiqi Last Minute Tips for Writing a Personal Statement Application deadlines are rapidly approaching, but that doesn’t mean you should stress. With a few tips, you can elevate your personal statement to help you get into the schools of…
October 2, 2023 / Operations Staff / College Counseling
By: Ivette House   Did you know that approximately 2 billion dollars in grants and 1 million dollars in scholarships go unclaimed each year? Yes, you heard that right! This means that there are large quantities of money left on the table each year…
September 1, 2023 / Operations Staff / College Counseling, Test Prep
By: Ashley Cole   For each year of your academic life, you may have mixed emotions about returning to school in the fall. You may feel excitement, indifference, or absolute dread. If this is your senior year, it’s possible that you are feeling more…
September 1, 2023 / Operations Staff / College Counseling
By: Jenny Li   When I was a high school student, I read countless blogs, articles, and videos about how to write the perfect personal statement. I also spent hours upon hours perusing personal statement samples published by my dream universities.…
July 28, 2023 / Operations Staff / College Counseling
by Sajel Oelerich   When I transferred to OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts —an arts magnet high school) after my freshman year, I was no longer the big fish in a small pond. Suddenly, I was thrust into a sea of incredibly talented artists from…
June 24, 2023 / Operations Staff / Academic Tutoring, College Counseling, Test Prep
by Nevada Ryan The term “test optional” has been around for decades. The first college to institute a test optional admissions policy, Bowdoin College, did so in 1969. It wasn’t until 2020, however, when the coronavirus pandemic forced it from…
May 31, 2023 / Operations Staff / College Counseling
  by Abby Tozer   The pandemic shifted the academic landscape on the whole, and especially students’ investment level. While pandemic regulations have relaxed and hybrid/ in-person models have returned, I continue to notice a consistent uptick in a…
May 1, 2023 / Operations Staff / College Counseling
by Kathleen Qiu When I was trying to decide which college to go to, my parents and I sat down and made a pros and cons list. Pro for UCLA: it was close to home, and my parents could visit me at any time. Pro for University of Chicago: it was a…
January 30, 2023 / Operations Staff / College Counseling
by Abby Tozer Can I pursue a creative career without a degree in it? As seniors prepare to decide which schools, majors, and program types are best to advance their dreams, I want to take a moment to debunk the myth that your college major…
December 29, 2022 / Operations Staff / Academic Tutoring, College Counseling, Study Skills
by Julianne Lang Welcome to high school! The next four years of your life are going to be packed with assignments, exams, extracurricular activities, exciting new social opportunities and…most of all…a LOT of expectations. Many people will give you…