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Where Are All The Trees – Summer Programs, a Marketing Perspective

This time of the year students are inundated with a plethora of mail from schools, programs, summer programs, and Who’s Who advertisements. Where is the world is all of this coming from and should you take notice?

First of all, if you have taken a standardized test – PSAT, SAT or ACT you may or may not have ticked the box saying Please Allow Schools and Programs to Contact Me. If you did this is one reason why your mailbox – real or virtual is being packed with think envelopes. If you did not, well it is important to be aware …

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The interminable Wait Is Almost Over – Admission Decisions Are Coming

Within the next couple of weeks boarding schools and universities alike will be sending out their decisions. From most of what has been shared most schools, in both categories, have experienced increased numbers in their applications, particularly from China. The long wait for all the hard work from the Fall on applications, essays and testing are about to come to fruition. My fingers are crossed that everyone gets in to the school(s) of their choice.

The reality is that many students will get into a number of institutions, if you did your research well in the first place. Some, usually a …

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The Value of Experience – What’s in a Resume

Sometimes I wonder if students ponder the importance of experience, experience that comes in a variety of forms and permutations. Often I think it is because education provides a very linear platform for students to learn. They take a math class or a science class and they may use math in the social studies course of economics but when it comes to wider connections students get confused missing the overall connections to be made between subjects and how they all relate to the world beyond the classroom.

Making connections is, in some ways what life is all about. I might have …

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And the World Revolves – Admission Competition

It has been a while since I last posted but that does not mean that I have not been thinking about the admission process to schools- both boarding and university. One of the things I have noticed is that the application process is getting more and more complex. Boarding schools are clamping down on the numbers of students and placing important steps in to the application. Universities are seeing overwhelming numbers of applications from China as well and with this number along with the SAT fiasco, schools are reserving themselves in the decision process. Overall, it appears that this year …

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Winter Doldrums – The Time Between Application and Admission

As the application is winding to a close here are a few things to consider before things get really out of control. Yes, winter is here, motivation is down, applications are due for a month or so, school is feeling like a daily grind and life feels like the icy winds blowing outside. Get a grip! Get back to work and focus.

Here are a few things to get you moving:

Your grades matter particularly if you are in a school with a Semester grading system. How you do this first semester in school is something every school – boarding or university …

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