Monthly Archives: July 2014

Visiting Colleges

One of the most important steps you can take when deciding what college to go to is do a campus visit.  It’s a lot like taking a car for a test drive before you buy it.  You take a car for a test drive to see how you feel while behind the wheel.  Does the […]

Loren Pope (1910-2008)

  Who?  For most college applicants (US or international), they’ve never heard of Loren Pope.  But they should. Yesterday, July 13, would have been his 104th birthday. If I had to think about one person who propelled me into doing certified, professional, and ethical US college admissions counseling in the Philippines, it would be this […]

The IB: Why Should I Take It and What Happens if I Don’t

In the last post, I wrote about the IB and described what it was what it entailed. The questions that now come up are: why should I take it and what happens if I don’t? For many students, they will take the IB simply because they are interested (at least preliminarily) in college abroad. And […]

The IB: What is it?

If you’re applying to US colleges from the Philippines, you may have already heard of something called the IB or the International Baccalaureate. In your college research, you will have probably discovered that US colleges love this and something else called AP (that’s pretty rare here in the Philippines and we won’t talk about it […]

Underestimating the College Application Essay

In my last blog post, I wrote about how people tended to overemphasize the importance of the SAT in the US college admission process. In this post, I will write about how people tend to underestimate the essay. My client who excitedly told me about his good performance in the last SAT also forgot to […]