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Amplified Anxiety

August 17, 2021

By: Jim Paterson via The Journal of College Admission COVID-19 is taking a mental toll on students as they plan for college, but college admission counselors say connections can ease uncertainty. For many students struggling through high school closures and rapid changes to their postsecondary plans, there has been one overriding theme during the last six months: uncertainty. Instead of savoring familiar traditions and farewells, they faced months of upheaval that tossed around every aspect of their lives during a period that should have instead been focused on excitement about the next stage. Added to that, they are looking ahead  »

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Proposal reportedly made to reduce out-of-state students at UC schools

May 26, 2021

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – More local college applicants could soon be admitted to UC schools. Independent college counselor Gina Greenhaus has spent more than a decade helping local students get into colleges and universities. She spoke to ABC 10News on Tuesday about this week’s news that state lawmakers are reportedly looking at a plan to cut the share of international and out-of-state students at University of California public schools. The goal would reportedly be to pave the way for additional resident students like many of the ones that Greenhaus works with. “I’m hoping that maybe this will make a difference,”  »

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Future College Applicants: Plan Your Summer to Stand Out

April 27, 2021

Rising Juniors and Seniors: For students applying to college in the next year or two, planning out the summer is especially important. By participating in unique activities and thinking ahead, applicants can make themselves stand out among the competition. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on college admissions, it is especially critical to develop a holistic resume that highlights not only academics, but social consciousness and diverse abilities. There are several different options to accomplish this. Credit and Non-Credit Classes: Summer is the ideal time to learn something new and out of the ordinary: if the school  »

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AVOIDING ACADEMIC BURNOUT… HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL

April 6, 2021

You may or may not be aware that the most important factor when it comes to preparing for college admissions is achieving high grades in challenging classes. This has traditionally motivated students to perform at their best and monitor their GPAs in hopes of securing a spot at their ideal college. But as schools continue to muddle through online and hybrid learning due to the pandemic, many students are struggling to keep their grades up with even a standard course load – let alone honors and survive AP-level classes. Stressors outside of the classroom combined with social isolation, feeling disconnected  »

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College Fair Update for 2021

March 16, 2021

Applying to college is a big step for any teen or young adult. They are taking the first steps towards their independence. Even if your teen is sure about their future career, choosing the right college can make all the difference in the world. One way to make that choice simpler may be to interact with several colleges at a college fair. For some students, college fairs might be a bit overwhelming this is why it’s helpful to set up a game plan for which schools you plan to visit with. Because of the pandemic the in person college fairs  »

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How High School Students Can Continue Their Activities During COVID-19

March 9, 2021

COVID-19 has changed school and life for many individuals over the last year. Many high school students will be applying to colleges next fall and are concerned about maintaining their grades while still searching for new ways to continue their extracurricular activities during the pandemic.  The first thing is to realize that your extracurricular activities may change the format. That’s okay. You just have to get a little creative. Volunteer from Home You may think that volunteering from home is not going to work. How can you sit at home and volunteer? Well, one solution is a virtual service. Call  »

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Immediately Start Improving Your Executive Functioning by Building Your Organization Skills

February 9, 2021

Organization is a Key to Success Building your organization skills is key to preventing procrastination, keeping you on task, and eliminating distractions. When you are organized you can focus better and accomplish tasks quicker, allowing you to beat the overwhelm. Here’s what to do… Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize Start with making a list of the most important tasks you need to complete. Typically, you can figure this out by the dates each task is due. When tackling large projects, it helps to break down pieces of the project by weeks. If you push big projects back until the due date, you  »

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NextStepSTEM – Winter 2019 STEM Issue

October 15, 2019

Are you well suited for a career in STEM? Magazine for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Majors and Career. Click here to view issue

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NextStep – Fall 2019 College Planning Issue

October 15, 2019

College and Career Planning Magazine with award-winning articles and resources from college admissions, guidance counselors and thought leaders This issue of the college Planning Magazine includes articles on Preparing for college when you have a learning disability, building and boosting your career paths, 8 extracurricular and club ideas and more. Click here to view issue

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Reflections on the College Admissions Scandal – March 2019

March 19, 2019

With the news of the college admissions scandal, many families and students have become both angry and confused about the entire process and how something like this could have happened.   As a professional educational consultant, I am not entirely surprised that these events have transpired as corrupt admissions practices have been around for quite some time. It certainly saddens me that these families did not have the opportunity to work with an educational consultant that could have guided the family more appropriately. To our community of motivated students: You should not feel discouraged by a few people that have broken  »

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Factors To Consider When Applying To College With Learning Differences

July 30, 2018

The college search process can be a daunting task for any student, but even more so for a student with a learning challenge. Parents are often worried about how colleges will view their students’ grades and test scores in light of a learning disability, anxiety, depression or ADHD. As Independent Educational Consultants, we suggest that you begin by examining your student’s academic profile. Do their grades, test scores, and choice of coursework reflect their true academic abilities or has the learning disability or disabilities prevented them from achieving academic success? Were the accommodations put in place early enough in high school  »

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College Admissions Strategies at Greenhaus College Consulting

August 29, 2017

Don’t Bury Your Head in the Sand  Top 6 tips for Students Applying for College  Hire a College Admissions Counselor to answer your questions. Make Sure your college list is balanced. Don’t apply to too many schools. Visit Colleges. Clean up your social media profile Follow through with sending grades, test scores and letters of recommendation. College planning can be daunting for some parents and teens. The key is to begin thinking about college preparation early in the process. This can mean carefully planning your curriculum in grades 9 and 10 and keeping a list of the students activities,honors and  »

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Benefits of Academic Coaching for College Students

July 13, 2017

The goal of Academic Coaching is to help students become more organized, better note-takers, test takers and overall students. Achieving these goals will lead towards more self confidence and improved graduation rates. Academic coaching will help students to maintain their motivation and keeps them accountable on a weekly basis. Academic Coaching is focused on the following self management skills:  ▪      What are my strengths and weaknesses that I can build on ▪      How can I be a better student and achieve my goals ▪      What resources are available to me on campus, tutoring, writing, accommodations ▪      How can I access  »

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Building a Balanced College List

June 26, 2017

by Gina Gerrato-Greenhaus As a college consulting expert, I am here to share some inside information with you on how to build a balanced college list that reflects your overall choices and needs. While many of us may have those dream schools on our list, it’s important for us to have an accurate picture of where we stand in the admissions pool and which schools will be the best fit for us. Students often have a difficult time matching themselves to a school due to their lack of knowledge and research. When families are first approaching the college process, they  »

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Why Hire an Independent College Counselor?

June 26, 2017

As the selectivity for college admissions continues to rise, parents become worried and anxious. Each year, we hear about top students who have been denied by their dream schools. This news causes high school students to become anxious and pressured to take more AP classes. As a result, many students have much less time to purse their extracurricular activities and enjoy their high school years. With guidance counselors having increased case-loads in large public high schools, it’s no wonder that teenagers feel lost as they approach their senior year. In addition, the college landscape has changed quite a bit. Parents  »

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Navigating the College Admissions Process for High School Students

June 26, 2017

Families often ask when they should begin preparing for college. This is a difficult question because early preparation begins in middle school. It begins with taking a challenging curriculum, earning good grades, developing a passion and engaging in community service projects. Selective colleges are looking for scholars, however not every student can achieve at this level. Getting accepted to the most prestigious universities has been increasingly difficult, which has been frustrating to both students and their families. How can students stand out from other applicants? What about students who do not have stellar grades and resumes, is there a place  »

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