It’s a new year, but the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our day-to-day lives—and the college admissions landscape. Here are 8 updates and resources to help you stay in-the-know and on track as you prepare to apply to college.
Many full-ride scholarships have similar eligibility requirements, so making yourself a great candidate for one will often make you a great candidate for multiple scholarships. While the specific details they require can vary between scholarships, most require or recommend the following qualities:
Here are five things to keep in mind about obtaining a merit scholarship from a state university:
1. Merit money is plentiful.
2. Understand what it takes to win a scholarship.
3. Look off the radar for state universities.
4. Know where to look for scholarship requirements.
5. Forget about need-based aid
The main reason I don’t think it would serve you is that COVID-19 is a problem shared by all of us, including all other students writing these essays. It’s simply too common.
When a topic is common or overdone, it is more difficult to make it interesting. One of the main goals of these college application essays is to help differentiate students from the competition–other students. If your topic is one that many others will be writing about, you are already fading into the crowd.
COVID has appended a lot of things in academia and the admissions process too is a natural fall-out. College essays and letters of recommendation, are likely to carry more weight than ever in 2021 and the 2022 admissions cycles. And many essays will likely focus on how the pandemic shaped students' lives throughout an often tumultuous 2020. Colleges must examine applicants without the aid of standardized test scores for many – a factor that prompted many schools to go test-optional for now. Even grades, a significant component of a college application, may be hard to interpret with some high schools adopting pass-fail classes last spring due to the pandemic. Major college admissions factors are suddenly skewed.
Very pertinent tips! Must read for juniors getting ready to plan their essays!
Here are some COVID-19 developments that you should know about:
1. The vast majority of colleges and universities are now test-optional. That includes more than 90% of all highly selective and elite schools.
1. UCLA is the #1-most-applied-to college, with nearly 114,000 applications yearly.
2. It's possible to write a college essay about something as mundane as showering...and get into Yale! (Someone did.)
3. About 43 percent of all institutional aid funds are merit-based.
4. The top admissions factor at every college is a student’s high school GPA.
5. Students can minimize college debt risk with income-share agreements.
At a Glance
Young ladies and Men,
Your parents spend a lot of money engaging Shreya and my services. I see some of you slacking time to time with assignments and homework. Paying money to hire the experts is usually the easiest part of the partnership. Making it work requires work on both sides. Our team gets motivated when we see you the student taking charge. Hence this note :-). Please read on below
1. Starting late: Not giving themselves enough time for the planning, search and application
If a college uses interviews as part of the application process, it is because the school has holistic admissions. Most college interview questions are meant to help you and the interviewer find out if the college is a good match for you. Rarely will you get a question that puts you on the spot or tries to make you feel stupid. Remember, the college is also trying to make a good impression and wants to get to know you as a person.
why should we hire you? What's your compensation expectations? These are standard questions we hear in every interview and most botch these up. You'd get all you want to know in the first 3-4 minutes. Bottom line... just be yourself. It's like you'd meet a stranger at a bar, you maintain formal yet friendly and equal thinking perspective. We are open and respectful. See how Bill makes it so authentic. He is deep and genuine. See how he does not answer the salary question in $$ talks like an investor, shows commitment. He talks so simply of his strengths. Bill is globally informed, has numbers to back up his perspectives.
Job hunting is not easy, especially finding who all are hiring. Here's all we need:
I have made a list below of resources that will hopefully guide you to the best employers. I say this for CS as that is my field.
We visited this school when Shreya was on the hunt. For the $$ and the rating this is a top of the line school in an ideal location. They have a great CS program as well as a solid liberal arts program. https://www.topuniversities.com/universities/university-washington .
Dear Seniors and Parents, the recordings from our sessions today are listed below