Tag Archives: college applications

At a certain point, students have to make hard choices about college. Specifically, they have to choose which ones will and won’t make the cut. They also need to make sure they have more than just the most selective colleges on the list. Preparing the optimal college list makes use of the “Goldilocks” principle: not […]


You have 1,001 tasks to accomplish during Thanksgiving Break—and your high school senior has even more. Traveling for the holiday. College applications. Work. Homework. Spending time with friends. Completing senior projects. Black Friday. Volunteering. The list goes on. If your senior checks off only five things this Thanksgiving Break, it needs to be these. 1. […]


by Ashley McCarrick

You are not alone. I see it in my office each and every year as deadlines approach like roaring freight trains. The stress is palpable and seems to emanate from every pore of your high-school being. The faces may be different but the stories are always the same. You are terrified of failing and afraid […]


by Ashley McCarrick

Think of a practice test as a scrimmage before the big game – you can see what the test will entail without all of the pressure and then make adjustments based on how you perform. These tips will help you make the most of your practice tests: Don’t take the practice test while sitting on […]


by Ashley McCarrick

National Merit ® Semifinalists and Commended students for 2017 were just named, and it is an exciting and sometimes overwhelming time. Becoming a National Merit ® Semifinalist is quite an honor, but you have to take the steps below in order to capitalize on your achievement. Find out about the next steps in the competition […]


by Ashley McCarrick

The University of Texas at Austin provided lots of great information at the Texas Together Counselor Update, but there were several areas discussed that will affect students in the greatest ways. If you have been procrastinating and have not submitted your application yet, don’t wait! UT-Austin has a priority submission deadline of October 15, and […]


by Ashley McCarrick

You’ve completed the application, written the essays, and formulated a resume. Now it’s time to get others in on the action as you ask teachers and counselors for recommendations. You will also need to submit your SAT ® and/or ACT ® test scores and your high school transcript. You are almost to the finish line! […]


by Ashley McCarrick

If you’ve never created a resume before, it can be intimidating at first. The best resumes are the ones that most accurately reflect your interests, talents, and personality. You want to show the college your involvement in activities that mean something to you, not just list everything you have ever done in high school. Step […]


by Ashley McCarrick

The essay is undoubtedly the most fear-inducing portion of the college application process, so we will face it head-on this week. It is hard for a high-school student to talk about his/her strengths without going to extremes, either bragging or being overly humble. Here’s how to showcase your best self, get your thoughts on paper, […]


by Ashley McCarrick

“This is so overwhelming!” We hear it every day. Yes, the college application process is a daunting one. If you do things the right way, though, the process will pay off with your attending the college of your dreams. Many college applications across the country open on August 1. So over the next month, we […]


by Ashley McCarrick

College admissions offices focus on your grades and resume, but when you send the application can affect your chances as well. Many college applications are due by December or January (be sure to check the colleges’ websites for exact dates) of your senior year. That is for regular admission, which is the most common way […]


by Ashley McCarrick

Before you start applying to colleges in your senior year, take the time to visit so you know which schools will be the best fit for you. Here are a few tips to help you plan your visits: 1. Visit early The best time to visit colleges is during 10th and 11th grade. Many students […]