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The 39 Best Clubs to Start in High School

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 15, 2017 8:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Thinking about starting a club? It’s a great way to meet people with similar interests, do an activity you enjoy, learn more about an activity you're interested in, and gain leadership experience for your college application! But what are good clubs to start in high school? In this article, I’ll give you a list of dozens of clubs you can start!

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59 Great Medical Programs for High School Students + Advice

Posted by Dora Seigel | Oct 30, 2017 7:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Thinking about a career in medicine? I highly recommend trying out some medical experiences in high school before committing to a pre-med track. Many of my high school friends who hoped to go into medicine ended up changing their major during college when the pre-med courses got too difficult.

Doing a medical internship, summer program, or community service project in high school can help you decide if medicine is the right track for you before you waste time and money trying pre-med in college. This guide will explain what experiences are open to you as a high school student, what those experiences involve, and how you will benefit from them.

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130 Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students

Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 4, 2017 10:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Summer programs provide high school students with opportunities to explore their academic interests and spark new passions. They also allow high school students to get a taste of college life and meet other students from all over the world.

In this article, I'll provide a list of colleges throughout the United States that host summer programs for high school students. Furthermore, I'll give you information about what pre-college summer programs are like and how you can select the right program for you.

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Pre-College Summer Programs: Should You Go?

Posted by Justin Berkman | May 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

College Admissions, Extracurriculars

If you're contemplating your summer plans, you may want to consider pre-college summer programs. These programs offer high school students the opportunity to live and learn on a college campus.

In this article, I'll explain the different types of programs and let you know the benefits and drawbacks of attending them. Furthermore, I'll let you know if doing one of these programs can help you get into college.

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12 Fantastic Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

Posted by Dora Seigel | Feb 5, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Interested in volunteering? Volunteering is a great extracurricular activity that looks good on college applications. Volunteering shows colleges that you dedicated your time and effort to helping others!

Not sure what volunteer opportunities are available to you? There are a lot to choose from! In this article, I’ll tell you what volunteering entails, list the types of volunteer opportunities for teens, and give a brief description of each. 

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How to Get Leadership Experience in Your Extracurriculars

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jan 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Extracurriculars

Extracurriculars are a significant part of your college application, and just participating in an extracurricular is not enough. Colleges don’t want participants. Colleges want leaders. If you want to stand out, it’s not sufficient to be the president of a club. Colleges want leaders who take initiative and get their goals accomplished.

How can you become a successful leader in your extracurricular? What are good leadership activities for high schoolers? In this article, I’ll guide you through the whole process of becoming a successful leader: from deciding where to focus your efforts to implementing your plan to describing your achievements on a college application.

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Should You Spend Your Summer at Sports Camp? Pros and Cons

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jan 16, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Are you an athlete? Thinking seriously about playing a sport in college? Or just love playing for fun? Consider attending a college-based summer sports camp! Get more playing time in and meet like-minded athletes with a passion for your sport. In this article, I’ll explain what college-based sports camps are, discuss the costs, give you some examples, and help you decide if you’d like to attend.

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What Is Science Olympiad? A Complete Guide to Winning

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 16, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Are you interested in joining your school’s Science Olympiad team or are already a member and want to learn how to become a better competitor? This is the guide for you!

I was on Science Olympiad for six years in middle school and high school. Four of those years my team went to Nationals, and I eventually became team captain and placed first in the nation in one of my events, so I know all the ins and outs of this competition. I’ll go over everything you need to know about what Science Olympiad is, what team members do, how competitions work, and how you can be a standout competitor.

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How to Develop High School Science Fair Projects: 3 Key Tips

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jan 9, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Interested in science? Science fair is a great way to pursue your interest in science. It can help you figure out if you’re interested in a career in research. It’s also a good activity for your college application, especially if you win awards. I should know! I placed 3rd in my state science fair and won an award from NASA #sciencenerd #brushingdirtoffmyshoulders.

What exactly is science fair? How do you compete and win? In this guide, I’ll explain exactly what you need to do to develop winning high school science fair projects and why you should consider participating in this challenging but fun extracurricular.

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Hospital Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students: A Guide

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jan 9, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Interested in pursuing a career in medicine? If you are, being a hospital volunteer in high school is a fantastic way to test out the profession. If you’re not interested in pursuing a career in medicine but still want to volunteer, that’s great too!

Being a hospital volunteer is very rewarding, but it’s also a lot of hard work. How can you become a hospital volunteer? Why should you volunteer at a hospital? What are the main duties of a hospital volunteer? I’ll answer these questions and more in this guide.

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My Successful Harvard Application (Complete Common App + Supplement)

 

In 2005, I applied to college and got into every school I applied to, including Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and MIT. I decided to attend Harvard.

In this guide, I’ll show you the entire college application that got me into Harvard - page by page, word for word.

In my complete analysis, I'll take you through my Common Application, Harvard supplemental application, personal statements and essays, extracurricular activities, teachers' letters of recommendation, counselor recommendation, complete high school transcript, and more. I’ll also give you in-depth commentary on every part of my application.

To my knowledge, a college application analysis like this has never been done before. This is the application guide I wished I had when I was in high school.

If you’re applying to top schools like the Ivy Leagues, you’ll see firsthand what a successful application to Harvard and Princeton looks like. You’ll learn the strategies I used to build a compelling application. You’ll see what items were critical in getting me admitted, and what didn’t end up helping much at all.

Reading this guide from beginning to end will be well worth your time - you might completely change your college application strategy as a result. 

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What Should High School Students Do Over the Summer?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 30, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Extracurriculars

Are you a high school student or the parent of one and are wondering how high school students should spend their summers? Summer is a great time to relax and recharge, but it’s also an excellent chance for students to get work experience, do an activity they enjoy, and boost their chances of getting into a top college.

Read on for everything you need to know about summer activities for high school students and how to choose the best option for you.

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How to Volunteer at an Animal Shelter

Posted by Dora Seigel | Dec 29, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Love animals? Thinking about a career as a veterinarian? Or maybe you're just hoping to play with animals? Volunteering at an animal shelter can be a great experience.

How can you become an animal shelter volunteer? What will you do as a volunteer? Are there alternative experiences? This guide will answer all those questions and more, so read on!

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How to Win a Student Election, by a Former Class President

Posted by Dora Seigel | Dec 26, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Extracurriculars

Hoping to be your class president? Winning the position takes a lot of work, but you can absolutely make it happen. Why should you trust me? I was my Junior Class President and Student Government President my senior year, so I know what it takes to get there. In this article, I've outlined every step you need to take: starting with just getting on student council freshman year, all the way through running in a big election as a senior. 

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Complete List of High School Sports: How to Pick

Posted by Dora Seigel | Dec 25, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Interested in playing a high school sport? You should be! High school sports are a great way to make friends, get involved in your school, and stay active. What sports are offered? I’ll give you the full list of high school sports available in the US, and I’ll explain why you should join a team and how to figure out which sport is right for you. 

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