The Motivation Inspo That Helped My Winter Funk
I am just going to be straight up with you. For a week (okay, make that two or possibly three) in January 2023, my motivation was nowhere to be found. Getting dinner on the table and walking the dogs felt overwhelming. On a scale of 1 to 10, my productivity was clocking in at a meager 1 when I typically hum along at a 7. This was certainly not the first time I've experienced a post-holiday, long-gray-winter funk. Nevertheless, I spent several days allowing myself to buy into the myth th…
Is Showing Up Enough?
Earlier this week, I found myself in savasana in a Core Power Yoga studio in Colorado Springs. For non-yogis, savasana is the final resting pose at the end of almost every yoga practice, and basically involves lying flat on your back on your mat with your eyes closed for a few minutes. The enthusiastic instructor had a very Colorado-esque handlebar mustache and shoulders that flexed in ways that I didn’t know were possible. He guided us into the final resting pose as he intoned, “So whatever you…
I'm Planning College Visits with my 15 year old. Why?
Spring Break is right around the corner and quite unexpectedly, I find myself planning college visits with our 15-year-old daughter. She is a sophomore and our youngest. With three older siblings, we've been to this rodeo before. In the past, we have always commenced with this ritual in the winter and spring of junior year. Yet, for Mary, I feel compelled to start now. Why?
I've been questioning whether it's too soon to be starting down this rabbit hole, especially since she plans NOT to app…
The Test Optional Dilemma Continues
Are the SAT and ACT Still worth worrying about? The short answer is likely "yes."
The pandemic's ripple effects continue to send college admissions offices scrambling. They have long relied on test scores as one of the key variables they use to evaluate candidates, yet according to FairTest, seventy-six percent of bachelor's-degree-granting institutions have now adopted some blend of a test-optional or test-blind policy. The ramifications have been – unsurprisingly – both positive and negativ…
Get to Know the Three Elephants of Fit
Assisting your teen in finding a college that is the right FIT for them is undoubtedly complex, and a major source of stress on parents and student alike because it must take into account dozens of factors that may or may not be readily apparent. Additionally, the foundation for each of those factors can shift at a moment's notice.
Identifying the Fit is a family affair, and at Elevated Admissions, we break it down by saying that there are three key elephants in this room. The three are Academ…
How to Boost a College App Over the Summer
We field variations on the following questions ALL OF THE TIME: "What's the best way my teen can spend their time over the summer?" and "What activities will help my student boost their application?"
In this short video, I share one of my favorite go-to services offered by Give3600. Teens are paired with a volunteer opportunity that aligns with their interests, whether they have two weeks or ten months. The Give3600 College Application Spotlight package is reasonably priced at ab…
Takeaways from the 2021 Admissions Cycle
I recently participated in a Clubhouse chat with 125 of my esteemed admissions coaching colleagues across the country. Going full wonk talking about admissions is what we like to do best.
"What the Heck Just Happened?" was the way one of my colleagues so aptly described this past admissions cycle during the open chat.
Here are the things I heard repeated by multiple consultant and coaches:
- This year's decisions were the most unpredictable they had ever seen.
- The number of applications t…
NEW! Now Available: Test Prep & Tutoring Services
One of the most frequent questions I'm asked by parents and students alike is: "What do you recommend for test prep?" Another repeat question is: "Does 'test optional' really mean 'optional'?"
The data shows that students who submit test scores earn admission at higher rates than those who don't. Additionally, merit aid at many schools is directly tied to test scores.
Further, according to NACAC's most recent annual report, of all the factors that admissions officers take into account, GPA i…
Can We Just Take a Hot Second and Talk About the Admissions Timeline?
Can we just take a hot second and talk about time? As in, timelines and everything that needs to get done when you have a budding college applicant in the house.
Our third, Aaron, is a high school junior. I just booked his first official college visit that is not virtual! I was so excited by this accomplishment that I sent a screenshot of the confirmation to the family group chat. (I usually ONLY send pictures of Aspen, Buxy, and Bella because I'm the crazy dog lady in our tribe.)
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The Number One Thing You Need to Discuss with Your Teen
We've been so busy here readying to launch our new website (woo-hoo!) that I realized that it had been two weeks since we last connected. Today is a quick post about the number one thing to discuss with your teen (regardless of where they are in the process).
There are two lenses through which teens can view admissions.
The first is that an acceptance from FabulousU will:
- validate that I am smart, accomplished, worthy, and this will ensure my highest potential will be reached.