All posts tagged: high school

How I Got to College

Hello lovelies, Today I wanted to talk a little bit about getting to college, so if you are a high school student preparing for this absolutely crazy application/SAT’s/Admission Essays period I hope this may be of some help to you. The key is to start early and have some kind of idea before you start, hence why I’m posting this now. I’ve been getting tons and tons of questions about studying for the SAT and ACT, tips for writing the best essay, what classes to take beforehand, grades, etc., so I’ll just go over each one one by one. (See some helpful links below!) The Grades The obvious thing about receiving grades in high school is that they need to be good. The not-so-obvious is that they are not the most important aspect of your career. Although most university look at your academic GPA, the new “holistic review” idea is also considering how challenging and diverse your courses were, what you have going on in the extracurriculars are and some personal circumstances if you mentioned …

Finding a Job in High School and College

In High School Here the job market mostly depends on your age. Since all of the jobs are part-time and relatively easy, you only need to take your pick and pursue the position. Your future career may not depend on this choice, but it sure will help with making the first job experience more pleasant. Since high school students don’t have a degree in a specific subject area, most of the jobs require simple skills. Some options are: 1. Babysitting – ask your neighbors and family friends if they need some help or know someone who might! Let your friends know you’re open to recommendations. I can’t count how many times my friends weren’t able to make it to their babysitting jobs and gave my number to the families, so it worked out quite nicely for moi. In addition to babysitting, I worked at a child care since sophomore year of high school. It was a fairly easy job, and I was even able to sneak in my homework at times. So a lot of …

College Admissions: The GPA Dilemma

I often receive questions regarding having a high grade point average (GPA) in high school, and how that affects your chances of getting into a competitive university. Today I would like to clear up some misconceptions about the importance of grades. 1. GPA is only a fraction of what schools look at. As far as I know, a lot of universities in the United States do a holistic review of applications: it is more personalized and focuses on a lot of factors other than grades, such as SAT/ACT scores, High school curriculum and course rigor Taking advantage of challenging courses like AP, IB and Honors Extracurricular activities and community service, Special circumstances and personal experiences I have heard of many cases, where highly selective colleges would pick a student with a lower GPA but a more broad and open extracurricular agenda over a student with a 4.0 GPA and a 2300 on the SAT. If a student has nothing to say other than “I have a 4.0 GPA and do nothing but study”, chances are someone else with …