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Eleven Ways to Declutter Your Mind: In Order to Think Clearly & Make Better Decisions

Eleven Ways to Declutter Your Mind: In order to think clearly & make better decisions By Marelisa Fabrega ________________________________________________________ 1. Declutter Your Physical Environment Physical clutter leads to mental clutter. First of all, clutter bombards the mind with excessive stimuli, which forces the brain to work overtime. Secondly, physical clutter signals to the brain that there’s[…]

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Superior Resumes: What You Need to Know to Present the Best Version of You to Employers and Graduate Schools

Introduction The resume is a brief summary of your education, experiences, activities and accomplishments. Your main goal must be to highlight your strongest assets and skills in order to distinguish yourself from other highly qualified applicants. Best to tailor the resume to the type of position you seek. Not to be underscored is the opportunity[…]

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How to Get into Elite Colleges – Marketing Yourself

Introduction You do not have to be in business, economics or finance to need to market yourself like a Fortune 500 company. Just apply to college and you need to market yourself. This is a difficult concept for many. Have you ever noticed the smartest students are often stunned when the “lesser qualified” applicant gets[…]

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College Admissions and Social Media: The Internet Doesn’t Forget

Introduction You will soon be applying to college in earnest. There are a few things that can sink your ambitious college plans, or even a college acceptance letter already in your possession faster than an inappropriate post on from one of your social media accounts. Whether you frequent Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, “Big Brother” is[…]

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Stand Out from the Competition Series: Earn a Double Major or Joint Degrees

Why is it so difficult to get into elite colleges and universities like Harvard, Princeton and Yale (HPY)? The fundamental reason is that more students than ever are getting both exceptional GPAs and perfect or near perfect SAT/ACT/MCAT/GMAT scores. In addition, applicant’s personal and athletic achievements today are unparalleled. Colleges that used to attract students[…]

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June 1, 2019
Freshmen Applying to the University of California?

The verdict is out and the rankings agree: University of California campuses are among the best universities in the world. With ten campuses located throughout California, whether you cite US News, Times Higher Education, Forbes, or a dozen other rankings, the UCs are consistently at the top. For example, according to the 2017 Academic Ranking[…]

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Barbara Oakley’s ‘Improve Your Study Skills: How to Excel at Math and Science: Even if you Flunked Algebra’ (Part 2)

If you haven’t read Part 1 of this series, be sure to check it out before beginning this section on study skills. Similar to swinging a bat properly in baseball or fiddling a violin well in an orchestra, studying and test-taking take proper technique to master. Even top students can improve their performance by learning[…]

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Barbara Oakley’s ‘Improve Your Study Skills: How to Excel at Math and Science: Even if you Flunked Algebra’ (Part 1)

The new mantra is to study smarter, not harder. Then of course, there is the age-old question, are smart people born that way? At birth, are babies predisposed to have a higher IQ? Can IQ be improved upon? —— Recent studies have shown that in regard to academic intelligence, IQ accounts for just over half[…]

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April 10, 2019
Getting off the College Waitlist

How does it Feel? Being waitlisted is bitter sweet if it is at your top choice, “dream school.” The spectrum of feelings include: That’s good! They did not outright reject me. I don’t know how I feel. Is this good or bad news? I’m annoyed. I didn’t want to go there anyway. The college did[…]

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Is the College Admissions Scandal as bad as it seems? Well Yes & No!

Yes! It is obvious that at least one university was “asleep at the switch,” and that school is my beloved University of Southern California, USC, despite its academic and athletic excellence and prestige, appears to at least occasionally hire men and women who lack of integrity. This fosters a culture of corruption and poor oversight[…]

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