Julia de Raadt


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Responding to the Common App COVID-19 Prompt

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/19/20 8:00 AM / by Julia de Raadt

Right about this time each year, college applicants begin brainstorming ideas as they prepare to write their college application essays. But this year, students find themselves in an unusual set of circumstances that differ from any other application year—they have just finished off their school year in the midst of a pandemic. In order to recognize the unusual circumstances that students are in, the Common App has decided to include a dedicated question to address the challenges and successes of students during COVID-19. We'll walk you through it.

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Pre-Med Opportunities You Can Do This Summer—and Stay Safe

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/20/20 3:15 PM / by Julia de Raadt

As students plan their summer (or rejig their plans) to accommodate for the likelihood that social isolation will continue, students interested in the medical field are probably feeling particularly stuck. The two typical extracurricular activities a premed student will do are off-limits: volunteering at the local hospital is a no-go; and research programs at colleges cancelled.

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Internships vs. Externships

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/15/20 7:07 PM / by Julia de Raadt

With the current state of things, finding summer activities are hard. Luckily, a lot of internships and externships have switched over to being remote, allowing students to continue to explore possible career paths without putting themselves at risk of exposure. But what are externships and what makes them different from internships?

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My SAT Was Cancelled. What Do I Do Now?

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/27/20 4:05 PM / by Julia de Raadt

With the June SAT test date recently canceled and June ACT test date looking unlikely to go ahead, you may be wondering whether you should still take either. This is especially the case for juniors who have not already taken the test, or considered taking it again. Now you find yourself faced with the question: to take or not to take? Is it even worth my time and effort if some colleges no longer require it? Can I juggle the work that I need to put in to prepare as well as the added pressure of studying online?

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Colleges Move to Test-Optional Policy Amid COVID-19

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/9/20 1:55 PM / by Julia de Raadt

Coronavirus is certainly creating havoc and it seems no sector is immune to its effects, college admissions included. With the interruptions it has created for standardized testing resulting in the cancellation of SAT and ACT test dates, some colleges have decided to make the upcoming admission cycle test-optional. 

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Online Learning to Maximize Your Time During the COVID-19 Pandemic

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/6/20 10:43 AM / by Julia de Raadt

It's a strange time - places of public gathering have emptied as people bunker down at home. There is a constant stream of advice on the social networks on how to stay busy at home that pops up on our screen between the updates of new coronavirus cases and the latest memes circulating. 

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Choosing a High School in the Bay Area

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/19/20 8:15 AM / by Julia de Raadt

Are you about to embark on final years of your school journey? They are crucial and will play a major role in determining where and what you might study in college. The courses you take, the friends you make and activities you get involved in at your high school are all influencing factors. When considering which high school to attend, it's important to choose one where you can thrive, encouraging academic and personal growth. 

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When Applying Early to College Can Pay Off

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/20/19 9:36 AM / by Julia de Raadt

The college admission code isn't a code that can be cracked easily. There are no hard and fast rules that apply for all colleges and the selection criteria aren't entirely objective. But data can provide us with some clues into admission chances.

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Our Top Picks for BS/MD programs

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/30/19 11:08 AM / by Julia de Raadt

Many students dream of becoming a doctor. It's a noble profession, helping people and saving lives. While most students go down the traditional path of completing an undergraduate, taking the MCAT and then going on to medical school;  accelerated BS/MD programs are growing in popularity.

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How to Manage AP Exam Stress

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/8/19 10:21 AM / by Julia de Raadt

Exam period can be an extremely stressful time for students and AP exams are no exception. When stress gets the better of us, it can really affect performance. But how do you conquer test nerves? Below are some strategies to remain calm and put your best foot forward during the AP exam period.

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Community Service For Students Interested in Social Sciences

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/8/19 7:27 PM / by Julia de Raadt

Volunteering in your community is a great way to give back, learn new skills, establish a professional network, and demonstrate responsibility. It's also a way to further explore and test whether you want to pursue a career in areas that currently interest you. For students interested in the social sciences, there are several types of community service opportunities that you can explore. 

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How to Prepare for a High School Internship

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/18/19 2:15 PM / by Julia de Raadt

So you got the internship you had your sights on! Congratulations, it's a great accomplishment and you can breath a sigh of relieve that you have your summer sorted. But there are some things you can do to prepare yourself between now and your start date, to make sure you get the most of your internship.

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Taking College Courses in High School

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/2/19 7:19 AM / by Julia de Raadt

Many high school students elect to take college-level courses while in high school and the trend appears to be growing. A longitudinal study between 2009 and 2016, found that about a third of students (34 percent) took courses for post-secondary credit in high school. But what are the benefits of enrolling in community college and does it give students a leg up in their college applications? 

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College Admission Trends in 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/21/19 8:24 AM / by Julia de Raadt

As we begin to wind up the 2018-19 college admission cycle and our seniors anxiously await their college application outcomes, we have begun to think ahead to the next cycle of college admissions. Each year the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) produces an insightful report on the State of College Admission.

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STEM Summer Programs For Girls

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/9/19 11:10 AM / by Julia de Raadt

We've all heard a lot about the push to encourage girls into STEM but just how is this objective  achieved? One view is that we need to start at a young age, exposing girls and young women to the world of STEM so that when they reach college they apply for a STEM major and are well-prepared and competent enough to succeed. 

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