Julie’s College Advice

For most high school students, this week marks “1 month left” until school begins again. If you’re heading into your senior year and you haven’t given much thought or attention to the college application process, there is still time to get on top of all that is ahead.

Two things that won’t help you?  Beating yourself up over what you haven’t done, and panicking over everything you have to do.  Set aside a small block of time each day and focus on these five areas and you’ll feel great rolling into your senior year.   We’ll cover one in-depth each week. Let’s go – you got this!

Can you ditch the tests?

Can you ditch the tests?

Getting ready for College during the pandemic has presented a lot of challenges and uncertainties for students going through the admission process so today I’m going to jump right in and answer two questions that I’m hearing from a lot of seniors:  One:  Does “test...

Just some thoughts.

Just some thoughts.

I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the events that took place at the capitol last week and join  leaders from across the country condemning the actions of the individuals who carried out the violent insurrection last Wednesday.   These are challenging times and...

New doesn’t mean easy.

New doesn’t mean easy.

 It’s a new year and a new semester but I’m guessing that some of you feel like you’re still stuck in the same old grind – even though we’ve just had a bit of a break.  Let’s talk about getting motivated – even when the end feels pretty far from sight. Ready?    ...

Time to Play

Time to Play

Hello everyone. Now that the semester is over and break has begun, it’s time to get into a good game or two.  I’m a big fan of games – especially ones that engage you with words. Any activity that helps you build your vocabulary will help you be a better reader and a...

Break is almost here. Use it wisely.

Break is almost here. Use it wisely.

 Anyone out there counting the days until the semester break starts?  Me too! Sleeping late and binge watching Netflix is looking really good right now. There’s nothing wrong with a little down time but the smart student will also be setting aside some time during the...

Burnout

Burnout

COVID has given us a pretty messed up school year so far, and to be perfectly honest, it is going to be really easy to let this semester slide across the finish line without putting up much of a fight. The problem is, messed up or not, this semester is still going to...

Don’t forget to check your inbox

Don’t forget to check your inbox

It is that time of the semester when we’re rounding the corner to exams and project due dates and if you’re a senior still finishing up applications – your time is really precious.  My advice for today is about managing that precious time and in particular – advising...

Yes, you need to say it.

Yes, you need to say it.

Hello everyone and Happy Thanksgiving. In just a few days we’ll take a short break and celebrate all that we’re thankful for. It is in that spirit I am reminding you to be thankful and challenge you to say so to the teachers, coaches and mentors who are helping you be...

Feeling Stuck

Feeling Stuck

As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes and challenges to our daily lives. And for students nearing graduation, forging the path forward to college is more complicated than ever.  One of the frustrations is how the process is constantly changing...