Summer Strategy: Boosting Your College  Application Game Plan

Summer Strategy: Boosting Your College  Application Game Plan

Summer break isn't just about relaxation and fun—it's an invaluable opportunity for high school students to bolster their college applications. By engaging in activities that showcase leadership, community involvement, and personal growth, students can stand out to admissions officers. Here are strategic ways teens can use their summer to make a strong impression: Take on Leadership Roles at Summer Camps Many summer camps offer opportunities for older teens to serve as counselors or assistant...

Beyond Words: How Personal Branding Elevates Your College Application Story

Beyond Words: How Personal Branding Elevates Your College Application Story

Why Use the Power of Personal Branding in College Essays In today's fiercely competitive college admissions landscape, standing out is more crucial than ever for high school students. Yet, one powerful strategy often overlooked is the concept of personal branding in crafting college essays. Personal branding isn't just for entrepreneurs or influencers—it's a vital tool for students aiming to showcase their unique qualities and experiences memorably. In this blog, we'll explore how students can...

Conquer the College Essay:  A Guide to Early Preparation

Conquer the College Essay: A Guide to Early Preparation

Remember that sinking feeling you had in middle school when the teacher announced a surprise essay due tomorrow? Now imagine that same scramble but with your college future on the line. The college essay is a crucial element of your application, and while grades and activities matter, this is your chance to shine, tell your unique story, and rise above the crowd. For parents watching this process unfold, understanding the power of early preparation is key. Here's why starting well before...

From Exploration to Empowerment: Your Teen’s Journey Through Internships and Camps

From Exploration to Empowerment: Your Teen’s Journey Through Internships and Camps

Navigating the complex world of career exploration can be daunting for parents and teenagers. As a parent, you want to provide your teenager with opportunities that align with their interests and offer them a glimpse into the professional world they may one day enter. Finding camps or internships in the career field your teen is interested in is a fantastic way to support their exploration and growth. Understanding Your Teen's Interests The first step in finding the right camp or internship is...

Navigating the STEM Path: Key Conversations Between Teens and High School Counselors

Navigating the STEM Path: Key Conversations Between Teens and High School Counselors

Recently, I've noticed many parents seeking guidance on high school STEM programs across social media platforms. Determining whether your teen should enroll in such a program involves several considerations. While your teen's passion and commitment are paramount, the guidance provided by their high school counselor can significantly influence their educational trajectory. To ensure your teen capitalizes on opportunities and stays on course for a fulfilling STEM career, here are key questions...

Practical Paths: Navigating Trade-Based STEM Opportunities for Students

Practical Paths: Navigating Trade-Based STEM Opportunities for Students

Last week, we delved into the world of STEM and its significance for high schoolers. In case you missed it, catch up here. STEM fields offer many opportunities, fostering innovation and the potential for impactful contributions. While many high schools nationwide boast STEM academies geared towards college-bound students, trade-based STEM careers are an intriguing alternative worth exploring.  These hands-on vocations provide a practical pathway to success for teens who thrive outside the...

Inspiring Innovation: Introducing Your Teen to STEM

Inspiring Innovation: Introducing Your Teen to STEM

As parents, you're constantly seeking opportunities to pave the way for your children's success. In today's fast-paced world, understanding and embracing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education is more crucial than ever. Let's explore what STEM entails and why teens need to consider diving into these fields. Defining STEM STEM isn't just a buzzword—it's a holistic approach to learning that integrates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This...

Career Clarity: Empowering Teens through Professional Dialogues

Career Clarity: Empowering Teens through Professional Dialogues

As parents, we hold a pivotal role in guiding our teens toward a future that's not only fulfilling but also sets them on the path to success. Providing them with a profound understanding of various careers becomes paramount as they stand at the crossroads of their academic and professional journeys. Engaging in conversations with professionals in fields of interest becomes a powerful tool in shaping their informed decisions about the future. Why Encourage Your Teen to Talk to Career...

Here’s to Your Teen’s Triumphant Journey to Success!

Time is ticking away! The college application deadline is drawing near, and your high school senior is on the verge of something incredible. Don't stress, though—it's not a race against the clock, but an opportunity to craft an extraordinary college essay that can change the game! Here are some invaluable tips that will give your senior's essay the edge: Go Beyond the Prompt While it's essential to address the question, the real purpose of the essay is for admissions officers to know the...

Questions Your Teen Should Ask About High School

Questions Your Teen Should Ask About High School

Did you grow up hearing, “you get what you get, and you don’t get upset?” Or maybe a different version, “you get what you get and don’t throw a fit.” There are reasons we teach our kids to be quiet and accepting, but as they mature, they must begin to question things. Asking questions helps us learn and grow. At the dinner table, my high schooler mentioned he is taking French for his foreign language requirement. His older brother was perplexed. He thought Spanish was required for everyone in...