The College Admissions Puzzle: How the 8 Main Pieces Fit Together and Affect Which Schools Your Child Gets Into

The College Admissions Puzzle: How the 8 Main Pieces Fit Together and Affect Which Schools Your Child Gets Into

This article is also featured on The Huffington Post.

To help you better understand the college application evaluation process, I have highlighted the 8 primary elements of most college applications, including what they represent to admissions committees, and what they don’t.

Carefully considering what story will be told through the various pieces of your child’s college application will help your family make more informed decisions when it comes to your child’s academics and extracurricular pursuits. Collectively, better decisions will improve your child’s admissions odds at his or her top-choice schools.

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How Your Student Can Build Connections at Top Colleges—Even If You Haven’t Donated Millions

How Your Student Can Build Connections at Top Colleges—Even If You Haven’t Donated Millions

You're well aware that “who you know” is very important when applying for jobs.

So, why should college applications be any different? Why shouldn’t students attempt to build authentic connections with faculty (and admissions staff) to apply like an insider rather than “cold apply”?

This is precisely what many students from elite high schools do. And this is precisely what I help my students do to raise their chances of getting into top colleges.

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How I Graduated from an Ivy League School and Received My Ph.D.—Debt-Free

How I Graduated from an Ivy League School and Received My Ph.D.—Debt-Free

*Note: This article appears on Impress the Ivies.

It may be hard to believe that a kid like me who grew up in a middle class family in LA graduated from an elite private university and the top graduate program in his field with $0 debt.

You read that correctly: $0 debt.

No, I did not have wealthy parents, go to a fancy high school, nor did I go to college on a full ride.

So, how did I do it?

I share my story on exactly how I pulled it off on a guest post on my colleague, Jessica Yeager's site, Impress the Ivies.

Check out how I graduated from Cornell and received my Ph.D.-debt-free.

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How I Navigated Higher Education With a Disability and How You Can Help Your Child Do the Same

How I Navigated Higher Education With a Disability and How You Can Help Your Child Do the Same

*Note: This article originally appeared on The Mental Illness Happy Hour

Attending Armenian schools in Los Angeles throughout my childhood was rough. Sure, I was distractible in class and sometimes spoke out of turn, but that’s not why peers and teachers kept their eyes on me. That attention came from my facial and vocal tics, which led to a Tourette Syndrome (TS) diagnosis around age 9 that I carry to this day.

Graduating high school was a relief, but I was still concerned about how college peers would treat me and how I would be received by faculty and staff. Well, I’m glad to report that I successfully managed undergrad (UCLA as a freshman and sophomore before transferring and graduating from Cornell University) and grad school (Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA) with a disability with the help of incredibly supportive faculty, staff, and peers. Now I want to offer some pointers you can share with your child so they can do the same.

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