Tag Archives: high school

by Ashley McCarrick

You can choose how to spend your summer – endlessly playing video games or wasting time on social media, never making progress toward your future goals – OR – you can choose to include a few meaningful activities that have a chance to impact your life and future. Even if you choose the latter, you […]


by Ashley McCarrick

If you have not read the last blog, Excitement, Tears, and the Daunting Task of Choosing your College, Part 1: Your Mindset, do not read any further until you do. If you approach this decision in the wrong order, you are more likely to make a mistake. Did you read it? Ok then, now it […]


by Ashley McCarrick

Your acceptance letters have arrived, you have celebrated your successes, cried over the disappointments, and now the time has come to make your choice. Where will you go to college? It is easy to get nervous about making the wrong choice and ending up at a college that is not quite right for you. Before […]


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

College interviews can be as important to college acceptance as a job interview is to landing a coveted position in the professional world. If a college offers an interview opportunity, either on campus or with a local alumni in your community, you should take advantage of it. It is your chance to let your personality […]


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

Last week, we had the privilege of attending the Texas Together Counselor Update hosted by Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin. The event is always informative, and this year there were some especially interesting updates. Check out the information below for Texas A&M and stay tuned for a later blog about […]


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

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 […]