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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Early Decision and Buyer’s Remorse

(Written by John Raftrey) Today is the day most Early Decision decisions are announced. While there will be a very large group of unhappy students who didn’t...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Dec. 15, 2015
Last comment by From Fifty Years Later, on Dec 18, 2015 at 12:31 pm | 2 comments | 17777 Views

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Early Decision Blues

(Written by John Raftrey) If you got rejected by Stanford on Friday or the University of Pennsylvania today, this blog's for you. Nothing I can say will make...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Dec. 15, 2014
There are no comments yet. 17637 Views

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Planning your Summer

(Written by Lori McCormick) Last year I wrote a blog post about summer planning that you can read

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jan. 19, 2016
There are no comments yet. 17363 Views

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Self-Sabotage

(Written by Lori McCormick) There comes a time in all students' college application process when they realize that things are about to get real. Really real....

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 22, 2015
Last comment by Marc Vincenti, on Mar 28, 2015 at 9:17 pm | 2 comments | 17243 Views

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Dear Future Self

(Written by Lori McCormick) In years past, I have worked in high school programs where I encouraged my students at the start of their college application process...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jul. 9, 2015
Last comment by musical, on Jul 11, 2015 at 1:34 pm | 3 comments | 17126 Views

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Quick Check List for UC Applications

(Written by John Raftrey) 1) Double check all your spelling. Do not misspell your parent's occupation as one of my students did. 2) Match your classes with...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Nov. 21, 2014
There are no comments yet. 17067 Views

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Revisiting UCSB

(Written by Lori McCormick) Happy back-to-school! I took a short break this summer to spend time with my family and visit a couple of colleges along the way....

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 15, 2016
Last comment by John, on Aug 16, 2016 at 5:05 pm | 1 comment | 16829 Views

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July 27th: Colleges That Change Lives are Coming

(Written by John Raftrey) The Colleges That Change Lives, ctcl.org, schools will be hosting a college fair Monday July 27th at the Santa Clara Convention Center,...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jul. 21, 2015
Last comment by Bunyip, on Jul 27, 2015 at 11:10 pm | 4 comments | 16657 Views

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The Verdicts Are In

(Written by John Raftrey) At 2 pm (PT) today (Tuesday) the Ivies released their decisions after all the other schools had released theirs and the college acceptance...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 31, 2015
Last comment by sea Reddy, on Apr 3, 2015 at 9:23 pm | 6 comments | 16563 Views

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When Is The Perfect Time To Ask For A College Recommendation Letter?

(Written by guest blogger, Michael Romano of MR Test Prep www.mrtestprep.com) A college recommendation letter can help earn you admittance into the college you...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 1, 2017
Last comment by Chip, on Feb 6, 2017 at 7:51 pm | 4 comments | 16251 Views

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Planning for College Tours

(written by Lori McCormick) I am reposting a blog article about visiting colleges for those who are planning college tours during Spring Break. Spring and...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 26, 2017
There are no comments yet. 16019 Views

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Community Service Helps You, Too

(Written by John Raftrey) There are many altruistic, ethical and religious reasons to help your fellow man. This blog post is based entirely on a student's enlightened...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jul. 22, 2014
Last comment by Paly Parent, on Jul 23, 2014 at 9:20 am | 1 comment | 15982 Views

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Applying for FAFSA

(Written by Lori McCormick) January 1st marks the opening of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, more commonly known as FAFSA. If you reside in California,...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jan. 1, 2016
Last comment by CAmom, on Jan 4, 2016 at 2:24 pm | 2 comments | 15710 Views

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Building a college list

(written by Lori McCormick) Students thoughtfully research colleges, attend college representative visits on their high school campuses, and gather information...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 9, 2015
Last comment by Parent, on Sep 9, 2015 at 5:50 pm | 7 comments | 15560 Views

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To the class of 2015

(Written by Lori McCormick) Congratulations! You will soon embark on the next phase of your life. For every person, this journey will be different. And no journey...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jun. 2, 2015
Last comment by Sea Reddy, on Jun 3, 2015 at 5:20 pm | 3 comments | 15389 Views

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Changes are coming to the SAT in 2016!

(written by guest blogger Patrick Hennes of AJ Tutoring, www. AJTutoring.com) The redesigned SAT will debut in March 2016 and will affect the class of 2017 and...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 22, 2015
Last comment by abisekbhavan, on Feb 2, 2016 at 2:23 am | 3 comments | 15298 Views

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Standardized testing may become a thing of the past

(Written by Lori McCormick) The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) maintains a list of colleges and universities that do not use the SAT or...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 4, 2015
Last comment by Anonymous, on Aug 7, 2015 at 5:39 pm | 2 comments | 15019 Views

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My College Mindset is Intrinsically Motivated

(written by John Raftrey) This post comes after seeing the word "mindset" in seemingly just about every essay rough draft I've seen over the last few...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jul. 27, 2015
Last comment by Growth mindset, on Aug 3, 2015 at 2:12 pm | 6 comments | 14788 Views

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Transitions

(written by Lori McCormick) Transitioning to college, while certainly exciting, can also feel a bit overwhelming. Here are some tips to help make your transition...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 26, 2015
Last comment by Anneke, on Sep 1, 2015 at 7:58 am | 2 comments | 14779 Views

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College Interviews

College interviews are a perfect opportunity for you to find out more about the college and for the college interviewer to learn more about you. I recently asked...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Oct. 2, 2017
Last comment by David, on Oct 22, 2017 at 1:25 am | 3 comments | 14418 Views
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