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You can choose the mentor that you would like to work with. Browse the profiles and complete a 5-minute application to a particular mentor. If he or she isn't available, we will let you know of alternative options. Regardless of acceptance, we will provide helpful feedback to you!

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No one knows your students better than you do and our mission is to help them succeed. If you have recommendations, concerns, or comments regarding a particular student or this program, please contact us. We value your input and will try our best to meet specific needs!

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The College Interview

David Shin

One might argue that college interviews are more stressful than the application essays themselves. Indeed, it's one thing to send ten pages worth of material to an anonymous admissions officer, and quite another to meet in person with an alumni who will write a report about you. But college interviews don't need to be dreadful — instead, try keeping these tips in mind:

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Test Optional Colleges

David Shin

Didn't do so well on the SAT/ACT? Worried that test anxiety might keep you out of college? Firmly believe that your scores do not reflect your scholastic ability? There's good news: test-optional colleges. 

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Finding a Essay Topic

David Shin

Writing the college essay is arguably the most difficult part of the college application. While you can't do anything about your grades, scores and extracurricular activities, you CAN do something about the application essays. Maybe a little too much. The range of possibilities can be crippling:

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December Scholarships 2016

David Shin

With the holiday season coming up, “Santa Claus” doesn’t have to be the only one giving you gifts. If you apply to these December scholarships, you might just get more than gifts for Christmas:

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College Admissions Resources Worth Checking Out

David Shin

If you’re applying to college, then you probably know that the admissions landscape looks much different from when your parents applied (if they even did). Thankfully, we can point you to some resources that will help you (and your self-esteem) make it through the college admissions process...

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Elite Admissions: Who Gets Accepted?

David Shin

It's no secret that elite college admissions is hardly fair — affirmative action and need-aware policies level or uneven the playing field, depending on how you see it. There's plenty of resentment concerning who gets in and who doesn't, especially when the seemingly perfect applicant gets rejected at their top choices. And then those who "game" the system: the wealthy who buy their way in, the athletic who play their way in, and the family who are simply borne in.

But who actually takes the seats at America's top colleges?

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The Other Side of Financial Aid

David Shin

With every college promising an affordable education in the face of rising student debt, someone has to be lying. Fortunately, the numbers don't lie. Unfortunately, that means that students have to navigate an increasingly deceptive landscape of colleges vying for their deposit. 

So what is one supposed to do?

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Letters of Recommendation 101

David Shin

To high school seniors:

If you haven't asked your teachers for letters of recommendation, then ask right after you finish reading this article. Seriously, just shoot them a short email, asking if they'd be able to. The truth is, you should have asked this past spring about any potential letter writers. Teachers, even the most well-intentioned ones, can be swamped with work and miss important deadlines if you don't give them enough notice. 

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The Summer After: Transitioning to College

David Shin

For recent high school graduates, this summer marks the calm before a 4-year marathon. That diploma sitting on your desk is no small accomplishment, but if you’re headed to college, it’s only the beginning. Here are a few tips to get you going on what many say are the most formative years of your life.

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AP Scores: What They Mean

David Shin

The scores you receive could be used to test out of introductory classes. At public universities, like UC Berkeley and University of Michigan, AP scores can be used to graduate 1 to 2 years earlier. By substituting AP scores for university credit, someone could save tens of thousands of dollars with their AP scores. 

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The Coalition for Access Application

David Shin

Move aside, Common App and Universal College App! This summer, a new application has appeared on the college application scene: The Coalition for Access Application. Composed of over 90 member universities, this application boasts Ivy League names and other high profile colleges, but what is it all about?
 

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Liberal Arts Colleges: What are they?

David Shin

These are actual responses from low-income high school students*, yet none of them accurately capture what liberal arts colleges are about. Having chosen a liberal arts college over flagship public universities and the Ivy League, I constantly find myself having to defend the liberal arts from poorly informed individuals. Put simply, the defining characteristics of liberal arts colleges are as follows:

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Preparing for the College Application Season

David Shin

For rising high school seniors, this summer marks the calm before a year-long storm — one that will determine the next four years of your life. Parents, peers, and teachers all have some advice to give about the college application process. There’s certainly no shortage of articles online about “how to maximize your chances of getting into college”. Heck, the article is one of them. But if you take anything away, let it be this...

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GlobalMI Mentorship Applications Now Open

David Shin

We are excited to announce that GlobalMI is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 college application season! If you are a high school junior/senior that is planning to enter college in the fall of 2017, we would like to invite you to apply to our mentorship program! If you’re unsure what GlobalMI is and how it works, I will answer FAQ’s below. Otherwise, feel free to apply today (the application can be found on the top menu)! The application should take less than 10 minutes.

Q: What is GlobalMI?

A: The Global Mentor Initiative is a non-profit organization that offers free college application, test prep, and scholarship help to high school juniors and seniors, particularly those who are low-income students.

Q: Who can apply?

A: Anyone (provided you are a high school student)! GlobalMI prides itself on providing equitable access to college admissions assistance, and though we are particularly interested in low-income students, we understand that the college admissions process can be confusing to any student, regardless of socio-economic background.

Q: How does the mentorship work?

A: Logistically, you and your mentor will meet for three 1-hour sessions. The mentorship will be driven by respect and courtesy — it is up to both of you to mutually agree on when these sessions will take place and what work needs to be done in between. Because of the brevity of each mentorship, it is recommended that you focus on one aspect of the college admissions process with your mentor (test prep, essay help, college search, etc.). We are working on possibly implementing year-long mentorships.

Q: Who would my mentor be?

A: All of our mentors are current students or recent graduates of the nation’s top colleges, ranging from the Ivy League to elite liberal arts colleges. The vast majority of these colleges have acceptance rates below 20 percent, often closer to 10 percent. We allow you to pick a few mentors who you might be a good fit for you, but whoever you end up with will certainly be qualified to speak on the college admissions process. Most private college counselors out there are certainly educated about the college admissions process, but most have never gained first-hand acceptances to elite colleges as our mentors have.

Q: If I have any questions or concerns, who can I contact? 

A: Feel free to email me at david.shin@educatrium.com! I will try to answer as quickly as possible.

College Fly-in Programs (2016)

David Shin

Choosing where to attend for college is like finding a home for four years. These colleges offer overnight, weekend programs so prospective students can get up close and personal to the students and faculty that make up the college. Almost all of the opportunities listed here are expense-paid, while travel assistance can be requested for all others. We highly recommend that you visit your dream school (if it is listed here), as well as at least one safety so you know that you’ll be happy wherever you end up!

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12 Must-Apply Scholarships

David Shin

If you thought the college admissions process was competitive, you haven't applied to enough scholarships. In fact, you CAN'T apply to enough scholarships! Every year, students apply to dozens of scholarships, never to hear good news. We urge all high school seniors to apply to the scholarships below — we've handpicked the most inclusive and accessible ones for next month and put them in one place: here. Although only US citizens are eligible unless otherwise stated, at least three of the scholarships below have no citizenship requirements! Please support us by liking our Facebook Page or email subscribing for more resources!

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