Congratulations College Bound Initiative

The CollegeBound Initiative (CBI) Celebration on May 30th honored Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, and Melissa Brenner, Senior Vice President of Digital Media at the NBA, with special recognition to Paula Dofat, Director of College Counseling at the affiliate school Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. In addition, all the CBI counselors were recognized for the life changing contributions they make in their work to help students navigate their way from high school to college.

It was also a joy to meet and talk to many of the graduating seniors, who are making their dreams of college a reality. Congratulations to all the graduates in the Class of 2017.

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Rescinded Acceptances At Harvard

We recently published a post regarding how social media can help (or hurt) your college admissions outcome. Your privacy is not guaranteed and what you put on the internet is there for good. Admissions officers do look at  applicants’ social media pages to learn more about them and it is your responsibility to protect yourself and communicate a positive image on social media.

Recently ten prospective members of the Harvard class of 2021 had their admissions rescinded due to the content of a “private” Facebook chat.

Without a doubt, social media plays a role in college admissions. Make sure you convey the image you want to project.

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Get Ready

A few thoughts if you’re scheduled to take tomorrow’s SAT or SAT IIs.

To minimize your stress tomorrow morning, it’s a great idea to get organized ahead of time. The last thing you need on test morning is a desperate scramble. These are some of the things you can do tonight to get your big day off to a great start:

First, check with your parents to make sure they know when and where you’re scheduled to take the test, and arrange how you’ll get to the test center. Next, gather and pack all the things you’ll need to take with you. Some of the things on this check list are “must-have” items, while others are optional.

REQUIRED: Don’t forget any of the following items or it will be a long ride home!

  • An approved calculator
  • Sharpened #2 pencils
  • An acceptable form of photo ID
  • Your admission or standby ticket

SUGGESTED: These are things you may want to bring along.

  • Water
  • Snack
  • Sweater
  • Back-up calculator
  • Extra batteries for your calculator
  • Watch (to keep track of time)

alarm clockSet your alarm, get a good night’s sleep and have a healthy, satisfying breakfast.

Good luck!


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What Are Your Plans For The Summer?

When we all think of summer, we think about summer fun: hanging out at the beach, swimming with friends and family BBQs. Whether you’re planning to work, intern, volunteer or take a class this summer, there’s also time for a bit of self discovery to see where your interests for the future lie.


Consider the following when making your plans:

  • Look to build new skills or deepen ones you already have
  • Be productive and get things done that have been on your “to do” or “try this” list
  • Read
  • Challenge yourself to learn something new
  • Explore— discover what you do and don’t like
  • There are so many interesting things to do close to home, you don’t have to travel far to do something new


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Noteworthy Graduation Speeches

With the 2017 college graduation season underway, commencement speakers are sharing their wisdom and advice with this year’s graduates.  A collection of inspirational speeches was recently published in The New York Times. Read what these speakers had to say.

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You Did It!


Seniors—Before graduation and all of your final celebrations, take care of this list of to-dos as you get ready to go off to college!

  • Take the time now to thank the people who have helped you throughout your college process. Write a note to your guidance or college counselors, recommendation writers and anyone else who has guided you along the way. Let your supporters know what your plans are for next fall and express your appreciation for all their efforts.
  • Have your high school send your final school report or transcript to your college.
  • Finalize your financial aid details and follow-up on any loose ends. Review your payment plan options and make sure your first payment is submitted on time
  • Submit your housing choice on time and complete any roommate surveys or requests.
  • Register for any orientation programs offered and register on time for fall classes.
  • Before you’re tempted to toss all your college admission materials in the trash, sort through and save the following:  final copy of each of your essays on your computer or back-up device, or print a hard copy, print a copy of your completed Common App because your online account will become inactive, your test score report(s), your transcript, important school work you may want to use if asked for samples.
  • Maintain an updated list of activities and awards or honors to help you create your resume when needed.
  • Finish strong. Don’t let anything disrupt your college bound plan. Complete your high school requirements and stay focused.
  • Complete any summer reading or pre-semester assignments.
  • Get excited!
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Registration Reminder

imagesRemember, today is the registration deadline for the June 3rd SAT and SAT Subject Tests.

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