SUMMER 2019

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Congratulations to our seniors who gained admission to the following colleges:

Stanford, USC, Rice, Wash U, TUFTS, Yale, Princeton, Northwestern, Cooper Union, Amherst, Barnard, NYU, Georgia Tech, SMU, Harvey Mudd, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UCSB, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UT Austin, Wisconsin, Michigan, Syracuse, Chapman, Colorado Boulder, Wake Forest, USF, Boston University, Boston College, University of Washington, Colorado College, Kenyon, Wesleyan, Northeastern, Indiana, Villanova, Occidental, PItzer, Loyola Marymount, Sarah Lawrence, CalPoly SLO, San Diego State, University of Oregon and many more!!!


TELL YOUR FRIENDS! -

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Q&A will be hosting an online UC Application Boot Camp with Dr Cynthia Colon. It can be done live online or by viewing the prerecorded webinar. You will complete the UC Application and the 4 Personal Insights questions in 4 days! Our clients are welcome to join free!

AUGUST 12th -15th - Email Caryl@qacollegeadmissions to enroll!

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When Social Media Is Really Problematic for Adolescents

Underlying problems may make some young people particularly vulnerable to what they find on social media, an expert says.

There has been a lot of worry about adolescents and social media over the past couple of weeks, with new studies and reports raising questions about mental health and vulnerability, sleep and suicide. I recently wrote about the question of whether the word “addiction” is helpful in understanding our worries about adolescents and their relationships to the devices that connect them to their friends and their world.

In mid-May, a report in JAMA looked at suicide rates among those aged 10 to 19 over the period from 1975 to 2016; boys have traditionally had higher suicide rates, but the gap has narrowed as rates rose among adolescent girls, with the largest percentage increases among girls aged 10 to 14. The study was accompanied by an editorial calling the role of social media use among adolescents “an urgent public health issue that merits further investigation.” READ MORE…

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Useful or foolhardy? New ‘adversity rating’ for SAT drives rousing debate.

College admissions testing was long viewed as a great equalizer. All students could aim for a maximum 36 on the ACT or 1600 on the SAT, no matter where they grew up or went to school. Their scores functioned as a currency of merit for a nation that aspired to meritocracy.

Now, even the College Board, owner of the SAT, acknowledges that testing alone is no equalizer in a society with profound inequities of opportunity. But the testing organization’s latest response to that dilemma — the creation of a numerical rating of adversity for each student’s high school and neighborhood — has generated fierce debate. READ MORE…

RISING SENIORS, CLASS of 2020 - What you should be doing now

Many of you are off doing summer programs, working or traveling but there are things you can do to keep the ball rolling this summer.

  1. Keep updating your resume

  2. Check on your school’s process for requesting letters of recommendation

  3. Check to see if there are any questionnaires that your counselor or teacher requires?

  4. If your school uses Naviance/Family Connection make sure that your list there is synced with CollegePlanner Pro

  5. You can begin filling out the demographic, education and academic sections of the CommonApp. The new CommonApp is released on August 1st. All your info (with the exception of essays) will rollover to the new app.

  6. Schedule time with Q&A to learn how to organize and begin writing your essays. There are surely a few hours that you can do some essay work even if you are away!

  7. PORTFOLIOS and AUDITIONS - If you will be submitting a portfolio or doing an audition you should be spending the summer preparing and creating a body of work. Please contact Q&A if you haven’t done so already to discuss.

NEED MONEY FOR COLLEGE? HERE ARE THE FAFSA DEADLINES YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is on June 30 each year. But to maximize their chances of getting aid, every prospective and current college student would ideally promptly submit the FAFSA shortly after the application opens on Oct. 1 of the school year before the aid will be used.

This is often not the case. In fact, experts say many students wait to submit the FAFSA until their state deadline or even later. The federal application remains open for a full 21 months, not closing until June 30 nearly two years after the application opened for a given award year.

In the 2020-2021 aid cycle, for example, the FAFSA will open on Oct. 1, 2019, and the last day for students to submit the form is on June 30, 2021. This means that rising high school seniors who plan to begin college in 2020 should prepare to fill out the FAFSA starting this October.

READ MORE…

Completing the FAFSA

The ultimate guide to understanding Financial Aid

JUNIORS, CLASS OF 2021 - What you should be doing now

  1. Be sure that you have registered for any upcoming testing if you will testing in the fall again - by the end of the summer you should know if you will be taking the SAT or ACT. If you need to schedule mock testing contact us ASAP and we will set it up.

  2. Update your resume with your summer activities

  3. Plan out your Junior year - look for ways to take on leadership positions or take your skills to another level

  4. Consider taking classes online or at a community college to enrich your curriculum or pursue interests on a deeper level.

  5. If you are attending a college program out of state consider visiting colleges in the area you are this summer


    ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!


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TUESDAY APRIL 9th

Location:
Pasadena Convention Center
300 E Green St 
Pasadena, CA 91101




JOIN US AT 8PM THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH FOR OUR LIVE WEBINARS! Click on your ZOOM link TO JOIN

Caryl and Vince discuss new topics each week and answer your questions live. Parents are invited too!

STAY TUNED FOR INFO ON OUR UPCOMING UC APPLICATION BOOTCAMPS THIS SUMMER!

Finish your UC application in 4 days!

DEAR PARENTS IT'S TIME TO LET THEM FLY...

What a weird summer this has been. All this crazy anticipation. All the rushing around to buy stuff and pack stuff. All the June celebrations we had. All the fights and struggles since. The apologies and the smiles. And the lists. Oh, the lists.

You’ve gotten me this far. For that, I thank you. Now, let me go. Not in a sink-or-swim way. But in a way that you’ll show me you want to see me try out this thing called life on my own terms and see what happens. READ MORE...

SENIORS

You HAVE BEEN Admitted! - NOW WHAT?

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  • Visit your top choices soon - most colleges are holding admitted student days. Check their websites.

  • You must deposit at ONE school only by May 1st - even if you have been waitlisted.

  • Waitlist decisions may come as late as July or August

  • WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE WAITLISTED

  • Be sure to take care of housing deposits too - the good dorms go fast!

JUNIORS

WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING NOW!

  • Finish the year strong! If you apply early to colleges next year this will be the last semester of grades colleges see!

  • Register for your next SAT, SAT Subject Tests or ACT

  • Finalize summer plans

  • Plan college visits!!!!

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The questions you should really ask on college tours

Slate Magazine-Mar 28, 2019
It’s spring, the season when parents and their high-schoolers are preparing road trips and spring break flights to college towns for the familiar ritual…

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Make the most of your college visits by downloading our guide on the right. Keep notes on your visits. They will all start to run together. Fill out a sheet for each college you visit!  Besides the main tour given at campuses, consider contacting specific academic departments to set up meetings to hear the details about what you are interested in studying. Most are happy to help and set you up with a student, faculty member or dean if you're lucky!

TESTING NOT LANDING WHERE YOU HOPED? CONSIDER TEST OPTIONAL COLLEGES!

More Than 1000 Accredited Colleges and Universities That Do Not Use ACT/SAT Scores to Admit Substantial Numbers of Students Into Bachelor-Degree Programs

CASE STUDIES: CONSIDER AFFORDABILITY

With admissions decisions revealed, one of the topics Mom and Dad are going to have to consider is affordability.  This article focuses on how to make sense of the financial packages that come your way. First, we'll define some key terms, then we'll work through a case study and finally wrap up with key takeaways.

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WHY EXTRACURRICULARS MATTER

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As you approach your junior and senior years of high school, remember that paid work counts as an extracurricular activity, and working is one of the best ways to learn about the world outside of school.

Arriving punctually for a job, day in and day out, demonstrates an ability to manage your time well. A job can also demonstrate your trustworthiness – especially if you handle money or confidential information –  or your interest in a specific field. Working in a doctor’s office or at a nursing home can highlight your interest in a medical field, and a position as a cashier is excellent preparation for a business degree.

If you reach your junior year and realize that the clubs you joined as a freshman or sophomore no longer hold your interest, join one that does. You may also discover a new passion thanks to a book, class or trip. Do not be afraid to try something new.  READ MORE...


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2018 NEWSLETTERS

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15 life skills every kid should know before they leave for college

Whether you're pushing your college-bound kid reluctantly out of the nest or with gusto, you're both going to feel much better about the transition if you've prepped them for the nitty-gritty of the real world. No, we're not just talking about the big stuff like safety and career guidance. We're talking about the little "real-world" things every grown-up child must eventually learn how to do -- like cooking a decent meal, for starters. READ MORE...

 

4 Types of Students Who Should Consider International Universities

Thousands of students study abroad, but far fewer individuals consider earning their entire degree by attending college or university full time in another country. Doing so can unlock many unanticipated benefits, and it may lead you to finding your ideal school. 

While leaving the U.S. to attend college is not for everyone, there are some potential advantages of an international education, particularly for these types of students. READ MORE...

SAT and ACT DATES 2019 - WHEN TO START TESTING?

Working backwards from junior fall, it’s good to start studying at some point during sophomore year for a longer, less intense plan or the summer after sophomore year for a more intense plan.

Taking the PSAT (Practice SAT) sophomore is a great way to get introduced to the SAT test in a completely no-pressure situation – you aren’t qualified for the National Merit competition until junior year, so you can just get an introduction to the test and get a sense of where you stand with your current skills.

If your school doesn’t offer the PSAT or it's too late to sign up, you can also take a free test online. Just remember to time yourself carefully to simulate actual test conditions!

By taking a practice ACT or SAT or a PSAT, you'll have a baseline score which you'll use to determine how many hours you need to study for the SAT further on in this article.

Where Do You Want to Go to College? The length and intensity of your study plan will strongly depend on your college goals. If you’re looking to go a decent in-state school, there is less pressure riding on your score than if you are set on the likes of Harvard, Stanford, or MIT.

Ivy League/Highly Selective School Study Plan

If you’re aiming for highly selective colleges like the Ivy Leagues, Stanford, and MIT, getting a high ACT/SAT score is extremely important. Definitely plan to take the PSAT as a sophomore to see how you are shaping up to do on the SAT. You should consider taking a full ACT and SAT practice test as well.

Planning on Touring Colleges this summer? Check out this super cool website to help you make the most of it!

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APRIL 2018

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MARCH 2018

DID YOU MISS OUR FREE (e) STEAM webinar ? 

WATCH NOW - STEAM ADMISSIONS presented by seniors from Calabasas High School who created (e) STEAM, an organization dedicated to spreading their passion for sciences and the arts!

(e) STEAM WEBINAR LINK

(e) STEAM Webinar - True tales of successful Calabasas High School seniors, Jordan, Gabe and Keri and how they navigated the college application process. Learn what they did to set themselves apart and how they followed their passions and authentically represented themselves in their college applications. Will include Q&A from experienced college counselors

MIT ADMISSIONS: Policies, Principles, and Protests

posted in: Best of the BlogsMiscellaneousProcess & Statistics

STU SCHMILL 86" MIT DEAN OF ADMISSIONS

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Last Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, seventeen people, including fourteen students, were killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Over the past week, student activists from Stoneman Douglas have spoken out loudly, often, and in public, advocating for policies to prevent such a shooting from happening again. They have formed an organization, Never Again MSD, and led peaceful demonstrations at the Florida Capitol and the White House, as well as meetings with state legislators. Their leadership has galvanized students at schools across the country to join them in protests, including several school walkouts scheduled for March and April.

In response, some high schools have announced that students who demonstrate will face disciplinary action, which may in turn be reported to universities to which they applied. Indeed, the "fine print" on our acceptance letter includes the following clause:

READ MORE...

 

SENIORS

CONGRATS to all our seniors who have been admitted to amazing schools this year! to Cornell, Claremont McKenna, Swarthmore, Northwestern, USC, NYU and many many more....See our home page to see the list in our banner!

As your admission decisions come in be sure to check your online student portals for information regarding housing and accepted students days. It's a good idea to visit before national deposit day which is MAY 1st! Unsure how to choose? Click the link below.

FINANCIAL AID AWARDS

Wait for all your awards to come in before accepting admission. If you haven't received your award letter, contact the financial aid office . Also, be sure you understand what you are accepting when it comes to student loans before you sign on the dotted line!

WAITLISTED? 

You’ve sent in your applications. Now you’re waiting for a letter from each college you applied to, either offering you admission or turning down your application. And there’s another possibility: a college may put you on a waiting list. READ MORE...

DENIED? 

If you have been rejected at a university you have applied to it can be REALLY disappointing.

You may feel dejected but it’s important to realize that you have options. Below are a few things

you should consider if you have been denied admission at a college(s) you applied to: READ MORE...

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WHY EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES MATTER:

 

As you approach your junior and senior years of high school, remember that paid work counts as an extracurricular activity, and working is one of the best ways to learn about the world outside of school.

Arriving punctually for a job, day in and day out, demonstrates an ability to manage your time well. A job can also demonstrate your trustworthiness – especially if you handle money or confidential information –  or your interest in a specific field. Working in a doctor’s office or at a nursing home can highlight your interest in a medical field, and a position as a cashier is excellent preparation for a business degree.

If you reach your junior year and realize that the clubs you joined as a freshman or sophomore no longer hold your interest, join one that does. You may also discover a new passion thanks to a book, class or trip. Do not be afraid to try something new.  READ MORE...