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What to Leave Off Your College Application Activity List

By IvyWise on Thu, Sep 20, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Don’t “Resume Pad” In Order to Look More Appealing to Admissions Officers

Many college-bound students struggle with what or how much to put on their college application activity list. Often, many students will add a number of extra activities in order to make it look like they’ve done a lot more initiatives in high school, but this resume padding can actually hurt more than it helps. 

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5 Questions to Help College Bound Students Discover Their True Passion

By IvyWise on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 @ 10:33 AM

Colleges Want to See Students Actively Pursuing What Truly Interests Them – Not What They Think College Want to See

While grades and test scores are important college application elements that are considered in the admissions process, they are far from the only factors that influence college admissions decisions. In addition to academic excellence, universities are looking for students with demonstrated interests and passions – or specialists. College admissions offices want to admit students who will make an impact on campus by continuing to pursues those passions, but how can you know what truly interests you? 

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5 Extracurricular Activity Ideas for STEM Students

By IvyWise on Wed, Apr 25, 2018 @ 03:28 PM

There Are Many Ways That STEM Students Can Explore Their Interests Outside of the Classroom

Extracurricular activities are a great way for students to explore their interests, develop a specialty, and eventually stand out when it comes time to apply to college. For STEM students, finding extracurricular initiatives that match their interests can sometimes be difficult, but there are actually a lot of opportunities out there that allow STEM students to get involved and make an impact.

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Extracurricular Activity Resources for High School Freshmen and Sophomores

By IvyWise on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 @ 04:58 PM

Are You Participating In Meaningful Extracurricular Activities?

Colleges want to see what students are doing outside of the classroom, so high school students should seek out extracurricular opportunities that they’re passionate about and match their interests. For high school freshmen and sophomores, it can be hard to figure out exactly what their interests are and the activities that best suit those passions. Luckily, there are a number of resources for high school freshmen and sophomores to help them identify their core interests and find activities that support them.

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Community Service During the Holidays

By IvyWise on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 @ 11:56 AM

Creative Ways to Give Back and Get Involved This Holiday Season

Regardless of denomination, the holiday season is a time for joy, laughter, family, friends, and food. But for those in need, the holiday season can be a difficult time of year.

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How to Start Your Own Student Club

By IvyWise on Wed, Oct 02, 2013 @ 03:17 PM

Can’t Find it? Found it!

Extracurricular activities are a portion of your applicant profile that admissions officers are always curious to learn about. Getting involved in clubs and projects, both inside and outside of school, allows students to explore and develop interests that they may want to pursue in college and beyond.

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Tips For Students Interested In STEM Programs

By IvyWise on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 @ 11:47 AM

Foster Your STEM Interest By Getting Involved

It’s no secret that science, technology, engineering, and math jobs are the way of the future. STEM jobs are expected to grow almost 2 times as fast as other occupations, yet some people believe that it has become harder to foster an interest in STEM in high school students today.

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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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College Application Resume and Activity List

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Jun 05, 2012 @ 01:35 PM

Creating and Updating Your Activity List/Resume

When it comes to your college applications, you will likely need to submit a resume or activity list. Colleges are not admitting facts and figures, they want living, breathing human beings with likes and dislikes, passions and aversions. What Dr. Kat calls your "soft factors," your essays, letters of recommendation, and extracurricular involvement, will tell an admissions committee what kind of person you are. From the quality and duration of your participation in certain activities, a college admissions officer will gain a more in-depth understanding of your personality and character.

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Summer Programs for High School Students

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 @ 11:34 AM

Planning a Productive Summer

When it comes to the college admissions process, it is imperative to show how you have developed your interests throughout your time in high school. College admissions committees want to see how you have made an impact in clubs and activities during the school year, but also during the summer. While it may be tempting to sit around all summer working on your tan, boards of admissions specifically look to see that you have remained productive during your time away from school. Summer presents many opportunities for students to further develop their interests and goals —travel to a foreign country, continue training in your favorite sport, make up a class or gain extra credits in summer school, start a business, get an internship, or join a community service organization.

Though summer may seem far away, the applications for many popular programs are due soon. Some of these applications can be as complex as a college application, requiring essays, letters of recommendation, and even test scores, so you will need to get started soon! Dr. Kat and the team of counselors at IvyWise, have come up with the following tips for spending your summer wisely.   

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