It is difficult to fathom upon entering ninth grade that everything you do from that point forward matters and can mean getting into the university of your choice or not. The change feels sudden, like the ice bucket challenge.
One of the most common questions we get asked every year by high school students revolves around course selection. Often students ask how many Advanced Placement (AP) courses they should take, if they should pursue college courses outside of school, or if they should pursue an International Baccalaureate (IB) program. These are good questions, and we have written this article for more details on metrics we have developed to help students determine exact numbers.
Splitter candidates are those that either have a high GPA and low SAT/ACT or vice versa. Often, these types of candidates get left unnoticed or apply to the wrong schools where their strengths are not highlighted.
In recent years, it seems that many qualified students are being waitlisted by UC schools. A particularly strange aspect of this phenomenon is that the schools that are waitlisting students aren’t the expected ones, such as UC Berkeley and UCLA, but rather schools like UC Davis and UC San Diego.
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.
A common dilemma that each high school senior faces around this time of the year is senior year AP testing and whether they should be taking more AP tests their last year in high school.
As a sophomore at Stanford, I’ve met my fair share STEM-oriented students. In fact, at Stanford, it feels like everywhere you turn, you bump into another STEM student (a.k.a. “techy”).
I recently offered to help my procrastination-prone younger brother edit his college applications. He brought his essays to me the night they were due, giving me his analysis of his own study skills: “I always do my assignments last-minute, and I’m doing fine,” which is ostensibly true—he’s a stellar high school student with impressive extracurriculars.
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?
I got lucky. When I went to U.C. Santa Cruz, I thought it would be the worst. I really wanted to be at the ever-prestigious and renowned U.C. Berkeley, and even with a high SAT score, my relatively low GPA wasn't enough to cut it.