Natalie Thompson

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What You Need to Know about Weighted GPA

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/28/20 8:15 AM / by Natalie Thompson

What is the difference between a weighted GPA and an unweighted GPA? And how do you use a weighted GPA improve your college application?

Grades are not the only thing a college considers when they look at your application. But they are part of the equation. We'll break it down for you. 

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Why Should I Hire a Private College Counselor?

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/25/20 8:37 AM / by Natalie Thompson

When my son was five, I signed him up for soccer at the local recreation center. As he got older, it was clear volunteer coaches and playing for fun didn’t fit him. So at 11, he started training and playing for a competitive team. He is now a much better soccer player because of the higher expectations, quality coaching, and more competitive play.

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Clothes, Shower Supplies, Bedding, and More: What to Bring For College

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/19/18 12:00 PM / by Natalie Thompson

Heading off to college? If you’ll be living in the dorms, you’ll want to have everything you need as well as some room to spare.

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Still Don’t Have an Internship for the Summer? No Problem! Here are 5 Ways to Build Your College Resume Over the Summer

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/22/18 12:00 PM / by Natalie Thompson

For many students, the pressure to have a stellar internship or laboratory job set up by this point in the year is high, and if you're one of the students who doesn't have that sort of plan in place, it can feel like the end of the world (or at least the end of your chances at strong college prospects). 

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3 More Elite STEM Competitions

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/24/18 12:00 PM / by Natalie Thompson

STEM projects are an awesome opportunity for students to get excited about being creative and learning new ideas. In an earlier post, Synocate discussed 4 elite STEM competitions a motivated student might want to pursue. Here are 3 more ideas!

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How to Prepare for your AP Exams

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/9/18 12:00 PM / by Natalie Thompson

Imagine you're set to compete in a running race in the mountains of Switzerland; what would you do to prepare? Certainly, you'd train in advance, order plane tickets, reserve a hotel room, and buy the necessary equipment (shoes, good running shorts, stylish socks). You'd do everything in your power to set yourself up for success. 

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What is The AP Capstone Program?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/21/18 12:00 PM / by Natalie Thompson

If you like doing well in school and taking on challenges, then you probably know about the AP program. The College Board, which administers and develops the Advanced Placement (AP) program, has recently developed the AP Capstone program. This program is designed to complement and enhance the AP program.

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Senior Strategies: 8 Things That Should Be on Your Senior Year Bucket List

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/21/18 12:00 PM / by Natalie Thompson

Senior year is a great year to do some work, enjoy each day, and look forward to your future. Graduation is coming up and you have one last chance to make some lasting memories. For some, senior year is about Carpe Diem while for others it’s as bad as a Greek tragedy.

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Guides: 10 Smartphone Apps for College-Bound Students

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/14/18 12:00 PM / by Natalie Thompson

As you prepare for college, you might want to check out some of the great apps available to make your life easier. I’ve pulled together apps to improve note taking, studying, scheduling, personal safety, and getting around your college town. Most of these are great for high schoolers as well. What are my picks?

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Applying to Ivy League Schools as an Asian Student

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/30/18 4:00 PM / by Natalie Thompson

Everyone knows that getting admitted to an Ivy League school isn’t easy. Unless you have an inside track on Ivy League schools, it may seem that you should get in if you are qualified and have a good  application.
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Senior Strategies: What To Do If You Are Waitlisted

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/26/18 4:00 PM / by Natalie Thompson

When you apply to college, it is like trying out for an athletic team. Top ranked schools select the best students. If you find out you have been waitlisted you may feel sad you didn’t make the team.

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Underclassmen Update: COSMOS, SUMaC, and SIMR

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/24/18 4:00 PM / by Natalie Thompson

If you enjoy science or mathematics and would like a STEM major in college, there are incredible summer programs to inspire and motivate you. COSMOS, SUMaC, and SIMR are some of the top STEM summer programs in the country. These summer programs offer intensive 4-8 week long experiences that require an application to be admitted as well as commitment to sciences or math.
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Underclassmen Update: RSI and MIT Launch

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/12/18 12:27 PM / by Natalie Thompson

Many universities offer STEM focused camps to get more students interested in science majors. While it’s easy to find a local STEM program, you should know that there are two great camps that offer a unique experience. 

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How to Prepare for College During Christmas Break

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/22/17 6:18 PM / by Natalie Thompson

During Christmas holidays, you may want to do a tv series marathon, reconnect with friends on social media, or load up on salt, fat, and sugar (snacks). 

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Underclassman Update: How to Study for Math

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/20/17 2:48 PM / by Natalie Thompson

When you took math in elementary school, you learned foundational information such as your addition and subtraction facts. When you take higher level math classes, you encounter more concepts. 

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