• Extracurricular Activities with Animals for High Schoolers

    As an animal lover, there is no question that getting to spend time around some of your favorite furry, feathered, or scaly creatures can brighten an otherwise dull day. Many people who love animals will choose to keep pets or visit their friends’ pets. While spending time with animals might be a great way to relax and enjoy yourself, if you’re a high schooler looking for more volunteer hours or another exciting extracurricular activity, then there is another option that you should consider.

    If you’re someone who is passionate about spending time with animals, volunteering with animals in high school might be an excellent extracurricular activity for you! Not only do colleges love to see volunteering on your application (you can check out this CV Guide: Do I Need Community Service for my College Applications?) but you can also use this volunteering experience to fulfill any sort of community service requirement that your high school might have.

    In general, as you grow older and begin to focus more and more on your future, it is a good idea to pursue work and volunteer opportunities that are in an area of work that you are interested in and care about. Not only can these experiences give you ideas for the future, but they can also make it easier for you to reflect upon whether your interest is strong enough to become a possible career. Choosing to work in areas that interest you will most likely encourage personal growth in ways that you might have otherwise resisted! In this spirit, keep reading to learn more about various volunteer opportunities for high schoolers that involve animals.

  • Can I Afford to Study Abroad in College?

    For many students, studying abroad is an important and exciting part of their plans for college. Taking time to study in another country is a great way to deepen your understanding of a particular culture or location and strengthen your command of another language.

    Like many opportunities in higher education, studying abroad costs money—not just for tuition, but for travel, housing, living expenses, and emergency savings. These costs can be significant, and can create a substantial barrier for interested students who are working within strict financial constraints.

    However, for students who haven’t even applied to college yet, there’s no reason to get discouraged already! Plenty of students who come from difficult financial situations are nevertheless able to study abroad. By planning ahead for the financial impact, budgeting for and controlling program costs, and making use of financial aid and other funding options, it can be possible to make studying abroad an affordable prospect.

    In this post, we’ll introduce you to the financial side of studying abroad in college, suggest ways you might plan to mitigate the costs, and give you the knowledge to ask the right questions and make informed decisions about your own future study abroad options.

  • Is It Too Early To Be Making My College List?

    One task that will be part of your college planning process is choosing which colleges belong on your personal college list. As we recently mentioned in our post 10 Considerations For Making Your College List, there are over 7,000 institutions in the United States that offer post-secondary degrees, so you’ll obviously have to narrow it down quite a bit.

    If you’re still in ninth or tenth grade and in the early stages of preparing for college, you may be wondering when to get started with this process of narrowing down your college choices. The short answer is that you can start working on your college list early in high school, but you need to think of it as an evolving document that’s responsive to changes in your college goals.

    Read on for more information about why you should start working on your college list early and how to stay flexible when planning where to apply to college.

  • Acing the Document Based Question on the AP US History Exam

    Taking the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) exams and accompanying coursework while you’re in high school is a great way to demonstrate your academic skill and prepare for college classes. Your high AP test scores will be valuable assets when it comes time for you to apply to college.

    One of the most popular AP exams is AP United States History, which was taken by nearly half a million high school students in 2016. This exam consists of 55 multiple-choice questions, four short-answer questions, a longer essay with a choice of two prompts, and a special type of essay question: the Document Based Question, or DBQ.

    The DBQ doesn’t have to be intimidating, but you may not be familiar with its expectations, so it pays to get well acquainted with its format beforehand. Read on to learn what to expect from the AP US History DBQ, as well as some advice for getting prepared for this type of question and formulating your plan of attack for test day.

  • 5 Tips to Score a 12 On Your ACT Essay

    There is no question that the ACT is important for high school students who are thinking about applying to college. While the multiple choice sections are designed to assess students’ knowledge in math, English, science and reading, there is also a writing section that assesses students’ abilities to write an essay. Doing well on this section of the ACT can help distinguish you as an accomplished writer to colleges.

    Though you can easily understand your score a multiple choice test, you might be left wondering what will earn you a good score on the ACT essay. If you’re aiming for a 12 on the ACT essay, read on for some tips and tricks!

  • How Important Is the BS/MD Interview?

    If you’re a high school student who is fully committed to a career as a doctor, you may be considering a combined BS/MD program. These programs allow you to complete your undergraduate degree and then progress directly into med school. There is only one application process for the entire program, and you can sometimes complete your coursework at an accelerated pace, graduating with your MD earlier than had you done each degree separately.

    One way in which applying to a BS/MD program is different than applying to an undergraduate school as a premed student is the intensity of the interview process. To learn more about the application process for combined BS/MD programs and specifically the importance of the BS/MD interview, keep reading.

  • Which Top Colleges Have The Shortest Applications?

    Applying to college is a process that will inevitably take up a great deal of your time and energy, particularly during your senior year of high school. In the face of this time commitment, you may be wondering how and where you can save time in the process. One option, of course, is to apply to colleges whose applications are particularly short.

    Maybe you’re looking for one more interesting college to round out your list of applications while keeping your workload manageable. Maybe you’re just trying to determine how much time you need to budget for college application season. Whatever the reason, knowing which college applications will take more or less time than others is a valuable fact to have on hand.

    In this post, we’ll provide a list of ten top colleges whose applications are on the shorter side for your planning convenience.We’ll also cover what constitutes a “short” college application, what factors might increase the length of a college’s application, and why you should avoid judging applications based on length alone.

  • Five Tips to Boost Your Math SAT Score

    For many high school students, the SAT is the first exposure to high-stakes standardized testing. A great score can open doors to your future, while a poor one can limit your options. There’s little doubt that the SAT can seem overwhelming and even lead to stress and anxiety for some students.

    At CollegeVine, we support every student who’s striving for success on the SAT. That’s why we regularly publish many of our favorite SAT tips and strategies here on our blog. In this post, we’ll dive right into the new SAT Math sections, summarizing their format and content and sharing our five favorite strategies for boosting your SAT Math score.

  • How To Navigate Your Job Search in High School

    High school provides a plethora of new opportunities to most students. There are new clubs to join, more extracurriculars to participate in, and a wide variety of advanced coursework and standardized tests coming your way. Amidst the possibilities, you may consider finding a job. There are many reasons why working in high school is beneficial.

    If you have decided that you definitely want a job, however, here’s a basic guide to how to structure your job search. You’ll find some neat tips about where to look, some legal and logistical issues you need to be aware of, along with some key resume-building resources.

  • What Does It Take to Get Into Harvard?

    Harvard University holds a special place in the academic and popular culture of the United States. Its instant name recognition and venerable reputation give it a unique cachet even among other elite colleges, and its prestige is reflected in its incredibly competitive undergraduate application process.

    Getting into Harvard may seem like a near-impossible dream, and truthfully, it is very difficult. There are quite a few applicants competing for a limited number of spots, and the applicant pool is remarkably strong. However, it can be done: every year, over 2,000 students receive that coveted acceptance letter.

    How do they do it—and how can you improve your own chances of being accepted to Harvard? Read on for some expert advice from CollegeVine.