College Admissions Guest Speaker

Thurs., May 26, 2016, 6:00 pm

Tish will introduce the new writing prompts for the UC application and provide tools and techniques for using the summer to develop an essay portfolio.  


Fall series, 2015

Sept 10:  Checklist for college-bound seniors

Get organized now for the critical fall season in college admissions. Understand tools to evaluate whether your college list is balanced. Learn how to stand out in a crowded applicant pool. Decide whether Early Decision is right for you. Mark your calendar for this informative talk, and bring the calendar along to schedule benchmarks to realize your college goals. 

Oct 8:  Acing your college essays 

Discover the single most important question for writing college apps and how to answer it. Tish will outline simple steps for brainstorming and analyze the UC and Common App prompts. Learn how to create a comprehensive self-portrait and adapt it for specific colleges.

Nov 12: Wrapping Up your college apps

The deadline for filing UC applications is November 30, but why wait for the last-minute stampede? Evaluate your drafts using successful standards and learn how to integrate each piece into a winning application. Plan to push send before you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, and then enjoy your holiday!

Building Your College List

The escalation of costs and growing number of applicants has complicated the process of deciding where to apply to college. Good research and a realistic appraisal of the student’s accomplishments and skills are essential to build a solid college list, but today families must also understand how colleges use financial aid to attract a class. 

Seniors: Down to the Wire! Writing College Applications

Where to start? Understand the components of each application, what admission officers want, and how to craft memorable college essays. We'll analyze essay prompts for the Common Application as well the UC Application. Get useful tips and tricks, understand the senior year timeline.

Supporting your Child Through the College-Application Process

Parents, find out how you can be helpful and supportive in a stressful time for college-bound students. Discussion will include useful resources and a timeline to get those applications done on time! Learn strategies to  optimize college options, while maintaining equilibrium.

Writing College Applications

Writing the essays is one of the most critical components of college applications. Learn how admissions officers interpret the Common Application, plus tips for choosing essay topics and integrating each part of the application into a comprehensive portrait. Try out pre-writing and brainstorming techniques to stimulate creative responses, and take away helpful tools to keep this process moving.

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Customizing a College Search

“Fit” is the mantra in college search. Find out how to identify colleges that offer the strongest programs for individual interests and passions. Discover great tools to create and refine a college list. Learn to identify strong departments, differentiate among the UCs or “Colleges that Change Lives,” and find the best programs in nursing, business, or engineering.  

Senior Countdown – Putting The Application Together

Finish line in sight; Deadlines are coming fast! Get a handy checklist to make sure your applications are complete. Let editors and writing coaches evaluate whether your essays are really doing their job. Find out how to put the finishing touches on your application to make sure the information admission officers want to see is there.

Financial Aid Process and Scholarship Search

FAFSA, EFC, COA, WUE: Find out what these acronyms mean to the cost of a college education. Review the financial aid process and learn to use a net price calculator, along with some simple strategies to maximize your education dollars. Get a great tool that reveals where your student will be most competitive for scholarships. Find the colleges that are the most generous with merit aid and meet the largest percentage of need with grants, not loans. You can’t afford to miss this session!