• 5 Habits of the Successful High School Student

    There are often those students in high school who seem to have it all figured out: straight A’s, a competitive amount of extracurriculars, leadership positions, top standardized test scores, etc. This successful high school student doesn’t have more or less responsibility and stress than another student. However, the successful high school student is able to navigate their responsibilities in an efficient, calm, and organized manner. They do this by being focused and forming little habits that keep them at the top of their academic game. Whether the above depiction of a successful high school student fits you perfectly or you find yourself falling a little short, this post is for you. Here are five habits of the successful high school student that are easy to implement and can do wonders for your academic performance. See which ones you already do and which ones you ought to try.

  • What’s More Important: My SAT Composite Score or My Individual Section Scores?

    When students receive their score reports, they often are most anxious to see their composite score. This score is displayed prominently at the top of the score report, and many students and colleges alike think of it as a total measure of success on the test.

    But is the composite score always the most important number on your SAT score report? Not necessarily. While it is certainly the most commonly reviewed and referred to, there are a few scenarios in which section scores might become more important.

    In this post, we will outline the unique circumstances in which a section score may be weighed heavily in college admissions decisions, other times when section scores might be reviewed, and the situations in which you should consider retaking the SAT to improve a specific section score, even if you’re overall content with your composite score. To learn more about how to weigh your SAT composite score and your SAT section scores, read on.

  • The Dangers of Overcommitting: How Taking on Too Much Can Hurt Your Applications

    While participating in your high school extracurriculars, it is beneficial to have college applications in the back of your mind. Participate in all of the clubs you enjoy, but make sure that you are making meaningful contributions or assuming leadership positions where you can. That way, when it comes time to fill out your college applications, you have something substantial to say about each of your activities.
    Some students think that the key to college admissions success is to join a multitude of clubs in order to be able to fill out every available slot on the college application. However, while this may sound good in theory, many universities would rather see that you made a substantial impact in each of your activities, even if that means you are involved in fewer activities. Simply put, many colleges are looking for quality, not quantity.

    How many meaningful extracurriculars do colleges want to see? Unfortunately, there is no clear answer to this question, so you should judge for yourself. Join as many clubs as you can, but it’s important to know when you are overcommitting. For more information about how overcommitting can hurt you rather than help you when it comes to college applications, keep reading. Here are the ways to know if you’re overcommitting, the potential harms of doing so, and what you can do if you find yourself in this situation.

  • 9 Things to See On Your Campus Visit to Harvard

    When you’re making your college list, it’s always a good idea to visit colleges in person if you’re able to do so. You can learn a lot about a college online and by speaking with students or alumni, but actually visiting campus can give you a much better idea of what it’s actually like to live, learn, and work there for four years of your life.

    If you’re thinking about visiting Harvard University and possibly applying to the school, you’re not alone; the college is not only an educational powerhouse, but also a popular destination for visitors from around the world. Attending an information session and taking a guided tour through Harvard’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions is a good idea, but those activities may not tell you everything you want to know.

    In this post, we’ll go over some options you may want to add to your agenda for your Harvard visit, both on campus and off. These sights and activities can give you a uniquely valuable perspective on whether Harvard is truly a good fit for your college plans.

  • How to Get Involved in Film Production in High School

    Are you interested in the arts? If so, there are many vehicles for expressing your creativity, from theater to writing to visual arts. One off-the-beaten-path creative route to consider is film production, otherwise know as filmmaking. In a nutshell, film production is essentially creating movies long or short, fictional or documentary, serious or funny—pretty much anything you can think of.

  • Model Congress: The Perfect Extracurricular for the Aspiring U.S. Senator

    Model Congress is a simulation of the United States Congress, in which students act as members of Congress and are tasked with solving a simulated challenge while following parliamentary procedure. Usually, these events are performed at the high school level, although some middle school and intercollegiate events occur as well.

  • The CollegeVine Guides to the AP Program

    Preparing for and applying to college sometimes seems like a process of juggling specialized acronyms, from the PSAT to the FERPA waiver to the FAFSA. A particular acronym that you should start thinking about early in high school, however, is AP—the Advanced Placement curriculum of coursework and exams for high school students.   Since they’re […]

  • 6 Techniques for Dealing with Stress in High School

    Stress is a fact of life for people of all ages. If you’re a teenager, however, the experience of attending high school and preparing for college may expose you to a level of stress that’s higher than any you’ve experienced before. That’s part of growing up and taking on new challenges, which is a necessary and beneficial process, but in the moment, feeling the brunt of that stress can be quite difficult to handle.

    However, the challenge is far from insurmountable. Many people have been through this experience before you, including those of us who now work at CollegeVine, and we’ve learned from the experience. Read on for some of our favorite strategies for managing your stress level, mitigating the negative effects of stress, and navigating high school in a way that will keep you healthy and happy as well as accomplished and successful.

  • Beyond the Farm: An Introduction to Today’s 4-H Club

    4-H is a youth organization founded in the United States that has since spread worldwide. The four Hs stand for head, hands, heart, and health, a philosophy is reflected in the official pledge, much like Boy and Girl Scouts. Originally intended to encourage and teach skills that would come in handy on a farm, such as agriculture, homemaking, livestock, and so on, the organization is still often associated with raising animals, participation in county fairs, and rural areas.

  • 7 Things To See On Your Campus Tour of UC Berkeley

    If you are looking for a college atmosphere that is open-minded, always exciting, and filled with academic excellence, the University of California Berkeley is the university for you. It is ranked as the top public university in the United States, and it is home to 22 Nobel Laureate Professors. It is also one of the largest undergraduate research institutions in the country. UC Berkeley is located in California’s Bay Area, a 25 minute drive from San Francisco. It’s worth taking a campus tour of the university to see not only the beautiful campus, but also its lively surroundings. If you’re looking for things to see during your campus tour of UC Berkeley, read on to discover the best spots in the opinion of a current UC Berkeley student.