• The Ultimate Guide to Applying to the Brown University PLME Program

    Are you a high-achieving, motivated college applicant who dreams of becoming a medical doctor? Are you already thinking about your future medical school applications as you prepare to fill out your college applications? If so, it’s time to consider whether a BS/MD program—a program that combines a bachelor’s degree and a medical degree—might be a good choice for you.

    These highly sought-after and competitive programs, which generally take seven or eight years to complete, come with a number of benefits for their students, including a greater sense of security in allowing you to plan your future. Brown University’s Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) program, the only BS/MD program in the Ivy League, adds in the perk of having greater freedom in choosing your undergraduate path through Brown’s well-known, free-ranging curriculum.

    Interested in applying to BS/MD programs? Read on for more information about PLME, its application process, and its ramifications for your future.

  • How to Develop Extemporaneous and Public Speaking Skills

    Public speaking is an important skill in many stages of life, both in school and in your career. Honing your communication skills while you are in high school will help you tremendously in college and beyond and also serves as a great confidence-booster. There are a number of extracurricular activities available to help you develop your public speaking skills, such as Speech and Debate, Model UN, Mock Trial, Girls and Boys Nation/State, and others. It’s also a skill involved in many performance-related activities, including drama, singing, and slam poetry.

    Despite how nerve-wracking public speaking can be, putting in the time and effort to develop your skills in high school will serve you well no matter what your future plans are.

  • What Is the Difference Between the New SAT Essay and the New SAT Writing Section?

    As news of the changes trickled back to students, teachers, SAT tutors, and high school counselors, some of the most commonly asked questions centered on the difference between the new Writing and Language section of the SAT and the new Essay section. Previously, the writing and essay tests had been combined and required. Now, they’re separated, and the essay itself is optional.

    How does the content of each section now differ from that of its predecessor? What form does each exam take, and what skills does it assess? In this post, we will outline the basics of the new SAT Writing and Essay sections, describe what you are asked to do on each portion of the test, and give you an overview of the skills assessed.

  • How To Start An Investment Club in High School

    If you’re interested in finances and investing, but your school doesn’t offer an Econ Club or you just aren’t excited by its focus, you might consider starting your own investment club. These clubs can serve as important first experiences with the stock market, investments, and financial responsibility.

    To learn more about why you might consider starting an investment club, how to go about forming the club, and what to do in club meetings once it’s established, read on.

  • How to Get Into Wharton School’s Leadership in the Business World

    If you are interested in a career in business, you have probably heard of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Wharton’s business undergrad and graduate programs are consistently ranked among the top in the country and are some of the hardest programs to get into as a potential business student. But did you know that Wharton also offers a summer program for high school students?

    High school students thinking about an undergrad program in business should consider applying to Wharton’s Leadership in the Business World summer pre-collegiate program. This rigorous business and leadership program offers instruction and mentorship from some of the top business professors in the country. To learn how you can get in to Wharton’s Leadership in the Business World program, read on.

  • A Day in the Life of a Columbia University Student

    The college process is filled with numbers, statistics, worries, and stressors. Students often spend a lot of time researching a school’s admissions rates or financial aid policies, and while this information is certainly important, we often forget to worry about the quality of one’s life at a given school. Whereas it might be easy to find out what percentage of applicants are accepted to a certain school, it can be harder to navigate the nuanced question of what an average day on a given campus might look like.

    Columbia University is a prestigious school located in New York City. While you might have heard numerous facts, admissions stats, and rumors about this school, there is a lot more to it than just its selectivity and prestige. Read on to learn about the daily life of an average student at Columbia!

  • Eight Tips to Use Your Time Efficiently and Stay Organized in High School

    If you’re a high school student who is preparing to apply to college, there’s no doubt that you are busy. You are probably thinking about important standardized tests to take, worrying about your GPA, juggling a slew of extracurriculars, and of course, anticipating the college applications to come. It can be a lot to maneuver, especially when you throw in all of the normal high school social events and milestones on top of everything else.

    Luckily, you don’t have to feel like you’re being buried beneath all your responsibilities. There are some simple ways to stay organized and schedule your time effectively. In fact, by employing basic time management skills and organization systems, you’ll be better prepared to prioritize your work and visualize the bigger picture ahead of you.

  • A Guide to PROMYS

    If you’re a student between the ages of 15 and 19 who is deeply interested in math, one summer program that you should definitely consider is the residential program known as PROMYS. Here at the CollegeVine blog, we’ve briefly described the PROMYS program before, in our post How to Spend Your Summer as a Prospective Math Major. In this post, we’ll provide more information about PROMYS, from the practical details of applying to the program to the daily experiences you can expect as a PROMYS participant.

  • A Day in the Life of a STEM Major

    If you’re considering a STEM major, you might have heard that there’s a lot of work ahead of you. Indeed, STEM courses are known as time-consuming and intensive. Will it be overwhelming? Will you still have time for the other commitments that are important in your life?

    A little bit of insight can go a long way, and here at CollegeVine we have a team of experts who have been in your shoes. Read through our breakdown of a STEM major’s daily life, and then check out our CollegeVine Mentor Program. You’ll have access to the insights of peer mentors who have been through a competitive STEM program and are ready to share with you all the ins and outs of life on the STEM path.

  • Should I Take College Classes Over the Summer?

    Making good use of your summers is an important way in which you can maximize your high school potential, as well as a significant asset for your future college applications. One summer option that can be particularly attractive for college-bound high school students is that of taking college courses while you’re still in high school. Whether through a program designed specifically for high school students, or through an open enrollment option at a local college, successfully taking on college coursework demonstrates both your academic capabilities and your dedication to seeking out challenging experiences.

    Interested in finding out more about summer college courses that accept high school enrollees? Read on for an overview of the types of programs available, the pros and cons of taking college courses in the summer, and the steps you can take towards taking college courses in high school.