7 Ways High School Sophomores Can Level Up Their College Applications This Summer

Summer is the perfect time for experiences that will better prepare you for college and the college admissions process.

Hey high school sophomores and juniors—it’s almost summer! Time for fun, sun…and having experiences that can enhance your college search and application.

While you don’t need to fill your summer with work and learning, you should definitely add a few enriching experiences during these lazy, hazy days.

Here are a few options and activities that you can do during the summer th

4 Steps to Take if You've Been Deferred

Tried and true actions that can improve your chance of admission

So, you didn’t get into your dream school. But you didn’t NOT get in either. Deferred. Waitlisted. Whatever you call it, there’s still a chance for you to get accepted. And there are definitive and very important steps you can take to improve your chances of getting accepted off the waitlist.

Here they are:

1. Notify the school of your continued interest . . . immediately

Even if the school doesn’t require follow-up from you .

How to Help if Your Child Doesn’t Get into Their Top Choice College

Tips for steering your child past disappointment, toward a still-bright future.

Social media is full of gleeful images of high school seniors and their parents celebrating college acceptances. Of course, few people post images of their children receiving a rejection notice. But that doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

With many top-tier colleges accepting only 5% of applicants, that means 95% of applicants were deferred or denied acceptance. At Penn State University, the acceptance rate is 51%. S

Tips for the First Few Weeks of College

The first few weeks of college are uniquely exciting . . . and stressful. Luckily, there are proven ways to ease your transition so you can launch into your college years with optimism and confidence. Here we’ve gathered some or our best advice from years of counseling and thousands of college students.

This is first on the list because it is so important. The best way to adjust to any new environment is through action and connection. So, colleges offer an unbelievable number of clubs and activ

From Grinch to…Grateful?

Honestly, I do not love Christmas. It’s not a popular statement. In fact, admitting it out loud, seems almost like breaking the 11th Commandment…Thou Shalt Love Christmas!

But I do love a good conversation starter question. So, for most big holiday dinners, I will come armed with a question so that everyone has a chance to talk (in a loud Irish family — this requires advanced planning). So, one Christmas I thought I had come with the BEST question! “What was your most memorable Christmas?” This