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Choosing a Major in College

By IvyWise on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 @ 11:34 AM

Finding Your Best Fit Major When You're Already at Your Best Fit School 

In high school, I had all the makings of a future English major.  My favorite classes were English and history because I could express my ideas through writing.  I served as senior editor of the literary magazine and wrote for the school newspaper.  My classmates asked me to brainstorm theses and edit their papers.  I was inspired and challenged by my English teachers, who supported and cultivated my love of reading.  Whenever I discussed my aspirations to study English, my friends joked about my future unemployment.

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College Campus Life: Wacky Student Clubs and Organizations

By IvyWise on Tue, Nov 06, 2012 @ 04:35 PM

Campus Life Considerations: Student Clubs and Organizations

Making new friends and getting involved on campus starts with exploring your interests. Student clubs and organizations are a great way to meet new people and build on the skills and interests that you already have.  

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Demonstrated Interest and College Admissions

By IvyWise on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 @ 12:09 PM

The Dating Game: Letting Colleges Know You're Really Ready to Commit

In this month’s newsletter, we highlight the importance of the college visit and how to prepare for and what students can expect during their tour. While the college visit is very important in deciding where you want to apply, it’s also a part of helping you get in.  

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Applying to US Colleges as an International Student

By IvyWise on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 @ 10:59 AM

Tips for International Students Applying to US Universities

High school students across the US aren’t the only ones trying to navigate the often-confusing college application process; students across the WORLD are, too. And many are thinking about coming to the US for their higher education.  

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College Campus Life Considerations: Dorm Life

By IvyWise on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 @ 01:30 PM

Finding the Best-Fit Housing in Your Best-Fit School

For high school sophomores and juniors, fall marks the first steps in the college search process. Many schools have a mid-October fall break, and students and families often use this time to go on college visits. At IvyWise, our team of expert counselors always stress the importance of the college visit. Not only does it give you the opportunity to show demonstrated interest, a factor that admissions officers take into consideration when reading applications, but it also gives you the chance to get a feel for campus life first-hand.  

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The Value of Community Service in Your College Application

By IvyWise on Mon, Oct 01, 2012 @ 02:00 PM

Giving Back is Just as Important as Getting In

When discussing the different elements of a college application, we often bring up the significance of the “brag sheet.” At IvyWise, we can’t stress enough how important a complete and comprehensive brag sheet is to the admissions process. Your brag sheet lists all of your extracurriculars, employment, summer experiences, honors, awards, interests, hobbies, and, very notably, community service.

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Part 3: Academic, Social, and Financial Advice for College Freshmen

By Sarah Shanahan on Wed, Jul 06, 2011 @ 12:39 PM

Discuss Expectations With Your Parents:

There can be a significant gap when it comes to the expectations students and their parents have surrounding the roles each will play during these formative four years. Your parents, who may be paying for college, may presume that they still have some control over your life and expect you to come to them before making important decisions regarding academics, social life, or finances. However, you may assume that because you are living on your own, you can make your own decisions. Take some time now, as opposed to in the heat of the moment, to reach some common ground regarding resources, priorities, budgets, and values.  Some good topics to discuss are grades and academic commitment, finances (including living expenses, internships and work, and financial responsibility), and lifestyle (such as communication expectations, weekends and nightlife, and future summer plans).

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