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Staying Focused During the Holiday Season

By IvyWise on Tue, Dec 04, 2012 @ 02:09 PM

Tips on How to Stay On Task Before Winter Break

Finals, exams, and holiday festivities, oh my! With the fall semester coming to a close, finding a healthy balance among schoolwork, college applications, and keeping up your holiday spirit can be difficult to maintain.  

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Wacky College Courses

By IvyWise on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 @ 03:52 PM

Who Said Learning Can't Be Fun? Interesting and Odd College Classes

Did you know that at some schools you can take a classes on Harry Potter, how to watch the TV show The Wire, and even one on Lady GaGa’s (actual) fame? Many colleges these days are offering interesting course selections that take pop culture and familiar icons and use them as tie-ins to deeper, more intellectual ideas and lessons. 

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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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Last Minute ACT/SAT Test Prep Tips

By IvyWise on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 @ 04:09 PM

Test Prep Tips the Day Before and On Test Day!

The ACT is tomorrow! For those of you who have your pencils sharpened and ready to go for Saturday morning, here are a few last minute tips to help you make sure you’re 100% ready for test day!

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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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Test-Optional Colleges and Universities

By IvyWise on Thu, Oct 04, 2012 @ 11:40 AM

Test-Optional v. Test-Required: Which is the Best-Fit for You?

The October SAT is this weekend, and high school students across the country are squeezing in every last bit of knowledge they can before heading to their testing centers on Saturday.  

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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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Fall Semester For High School Seniors Can Be Tricky: How To Stay Motivated

By IvyWise on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 @ 02:24 PM

Beat the Fall Semester Limbo

With application deadlines and standardized test dates looming, most high school seniors are living and breathing college admissions right now. From essays to recommendation letters, college apps can consume a rising senior, and leave little time for anything else.  

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