November, 2013

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November, 2013

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What’s On Evelyn’s Bookshelf?

The Gatekeepers
Jacques Steinberg 

Grammar Smart
The Princeton Review


Magellan clients have already been accepted this year to these colleges:

  • Arizona State University
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Indiana
  • University of Oregon

College Application Season in Full Swing!

common app 2This fall, the big news in college admissions has been problems with the Common Application.  The program that is supposed to make college applications simple has been very difficult.  The Common App is working to resolve issues; if you have difficulties, try a different browser (I had a problem doing something in Firefox but it worked perfectly in Internet Explorer), or try logging off and logging in again.  Evelyn’s Common App tips:  1) STAY CALM!  We will find a way.  2) Don’t wait until the last minute to submit applications; plan on submitting at least 72 hours in advance of all deadlines.

Essay Tips for Seniors
Your essay is the best way for colleges to get to know who you are, what’s important to you, why you want to further your education, and why specifically you want to do it on their campus.  This is their chance to have a conversation with you.

Here’s some advice on writing your college essay from Bates, a highly selective college in Maine.  Here are some great essays that applicants to my own alma mater, Johns Hopkins, wrote (reading good essays can help you write good essays!).

College Search Planning for 10th and 11th Graders:
–>  Juniors who have completed Algebra II should be thinking about prepping for and taking the SAT in January or March.  If you are interested in structured SAT/ACT test prep courses or in-home tutoring, please contact me for a referral.  

–>  Sophomores and juniors, take a look at your senior friends who are freaking out because they haven’t yet submitted any college apps and resolve *not* to be like them next year.  That means spreading out the work – looking at colleges throughout this year, finalizing your list and starting essays over the summer, and sending applications in early.

–>  Keep track of all of your volunteer, extra-curricular and work activities.  Work with your church or synagogue youth group, music and/or art lessons and sports should all be on your resume.

On the Road Again!
I made brief trips to Pittsburgh in September and Boston in October, visiting Duquesne, Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, Allegheny, Tufts and Simmons (and a few more).  As always, you can find my reviews of the out-of-state colleges I’ve visited here.

Colleges That Change LivesColleges That Change Lives
Colleges That Change Lives is a group of about 40 colleges, mostly small, mostly private, mostly liberal arts focused.  They host a college fair in Los Angeles every summer; now is a great time to do a little research and see if any of them interest you!  The organization’s website is here; there is also a book with information about all of the colleges.

Host a “College Admissions Process” Seminar for Friends!
Are your kids in 9th, 10th or 11th grades? I am available to give a freeCollege Admissions 101seminar for you and your friends who may have college admissions anxiety!  You provide the location and a dozen (or more) parents.  Your friends will thank you for the opportunity to learn more about the process.  Call or e-mail for more information.

~ Parents of sophomores and juniors – it’s not too early to get started!  Please get in touch if you would like a free initial consultation! ~
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