4 Tips To Ace The Common App

Posted by Sophie Herron on Jul 31, 2014 11:30:00 AM

by Carol Barash, Founder and CEO, Story To College

The Common Application goes live tomorrow! With the countdown to August 1 nearly over, here are four keys to acing the latest version of the 300-pound gorilla of college admissions.

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How to Write a College Essay That Isn’t Cheesy

Posted by Sophie Herron on Jul 29, 2014 11:54:06 AM

by Alexis Schaitkin, Instructor

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Story To College online course “Story2” wins 2014 Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, Powered by TechStars

Posted by Sophie Herron on Jul 24, 2014 9:58:33 AM

We’re excited to announce our selection for the 2014 Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, Powered by TechStars! For the next three months, Story To College will work from the TechStars Broadway office to develop, market, and launch the first online college admission essay course.

“The technology mentoring and knowledge provided by TechStars is incomparable,” Carol Barash, Story To College founder and CEO, explained. “Combined with Kaplan’s industry leadership in the test prep space and the intelligence and inspiration of our partner companies, this is a defining moment for Story To College.”

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Topics: college application essay, juniors, seniors, College, story2, edtech,, techstars,

The 3 Keys to Successful College Admission Essays

Posted by Carol Barash on Jul 8, 2014 11:29:00 AM

by Carol Barash PhD, founder and CEO, Story To College, and author of Write Out Loud

I was cleaning up my study over the weekend, clearing the decks to write a new book about college admissions, and I found my notes from the road trip I took with my daughter in 2011, the summer before she applied to college.

“85% of the students who apply to Harvard,” I dutifully transcribed as I listened to the admissions officer, “are academically qualified. You will live here for four years, so we want to know who you are. Use your essays to show us who you are.”

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Topics: college admissions, college essay, essay, college admissions strategy

What You Need to Know about 21st Century Majors and Careers

Posted by Carol Barash on Jun 26, 2014 6:44:00 PM

by Carol Barash, PhD, founder and CEO, Story To Collegeand author of Write Out Loud

The revolution in higher education is here. You can see the new configurations on many fronts: ASU’s collaboration to provide degrees to Starbucks employees; Harvard’s rush (and internal conflict) to produce an online MBA that does not challenge their offline dominance; Rick Levin, the transformational president of Yale, retiring not to a foundation or think tank but to run the next big university opportunity: Coursera. The toolbox is changing for the builders of tomorrow.

As students, you’ve been challenged to chart a course into an uncertain future. But conventional wisdom can no longer guide you through this moment of rapid change when none of the old rules apply. What majors will teach you what you need to launch a viable career in the twenty-first century? How can you prepare to solve problems that do not yet exist? The new global economy will be won by innovators, game-changers, and cross-cultural collaborators. Here are three strategies to map a path from high school to college to productive and prosperous work.

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Topics: storytelling, juniors, choosing the right college, choosing a major, preparing for the future, college majors, education revolution

3 Ways Students can use Social Media to get into College

Posted by Carol Barash on Jun 24, 2014 11:30:00 AM

by Carol Barash, PhD, founder and CEO, Story To Collegeand author of Write Out Loud

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal revealed the power behind teenagers and their immersion in tech: for high school students, technology is not a set of tools to learn how to use, but a living space in which to connect. So, to all you millennial tweeters, pinners and posters: tapping and swiping may feel like second nature, but you’re pushing the boundaries of a technological universe that is new and ever-expanding.

I would not be doing my job if I did not put my scolding hat on for a moment and remind you to take down all your Facebook pictures of sex, drugs, and anything else a future decision-maker could hold against you. Whatever you put on Facebook is permanent. Forever is way too long to have any youthful indiscretions on public display.

You’re in a powerful position as the first true natives of the technological sphere, so here are three ways to use social media to your advantage and get noticed—in a good way—by colleges.

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Topics: college admissions, technology, social media, Twitter, Facebook, getting into college

How Students Can Ask for Help in the College Admissions Process

Posted by Carol Barash on Jun 19, 2014 11:30:00 AM

by Carol Barash, PhD, founder and CEO, Story To Collegeand author of Write Out Loud

Last Wednesday night, I rushed out of the Princeton Club to catch the 8:50 NJ Transit train from Penn Station. I couldn’t find a cab, and the E train was packed and slow. By the time I reached Penn Station, the train was boarding.

I was making my way to the train, jammed in the crowd, when the strap of my bag broke. I started to slip as I reached to catch it. “Help, I’m falling,” I shouted and two men in front of me turned around.  One caught me and the other saved my bag of books and papers. Nothing was brokennot even my high heels.

I ran into my friend Zev on the train and told him this story. “That’s crazy,” he said, “you should play the lottery tonight.”

But Sophie saw more than luck in my good fortune: “It’s amazing that your first response was to call for help, not to try to save yourself,” she said.

It’s taken me a long time to learn to ask for help, and I can trace most of my biggest blunders to not asking for help soon enough. If you’re like me and love to solve problems independently, that’s great, but you can’t do everything alone! Here are three areas where you’ll do yourself a favor by asking for help.

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Topics: college admissions, application process, coaching, asking for help, college counselor

Want to Be Happy? Check Out These Colleges

Posted by Carol Barash on Jun 17, 2014 11:00:00 AM

by Carol Barash, PhD, founder and CEO, Story To College, and author of Write Out Loud

Most often, in the Princeton Review and other lists of “happy” colleges, “happy” is a euphemism for “party.” Late nights of bingeing and other uber-stupid life choices should not be the ultimate reward for winning admission to college, nor are they what anyone truly means by “happy.”

Neuroscience research reveals that no part of the get-in-and-get-sloshed approach to college makes you happy. The road to happiness winds through service, struggle, and collaborative creation; it’s not something you stumble upon at 2 a.m.

Here are 15+ colleges that offer 21st-century paths to happiness and fulfillment.

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Topics: College, college lists, choosing the right college, happy colleges, adolescent health

How To Pick an Independent College Coach

Posted by Carol Barash on Jun 12, 2014 11:11:00 AM

by Carol Barash, PhD, founder and CEO, Story To College, and author of Write Out Loud

Trigger warning: if you are the type of parent who worries about every aspect of your child's college process, proceed with caution. This article will require you to rethink some of your fundamental assumptions.

Last Sunday, I was laughing about cowboy boots at a party for friends who are moving to Houston. The husband introduced me by saying, “Carol has a really unique approach to college admissions.”

I cringed as a guy nursing his second beer launched into a blame-soaked tirade about why his son didn’t get into his “dream school.”  

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Topics: juniors, seniors, parents, sophomores, freshmen, college prep, coaching

How To Ace Your College Interview: 5 Tips from the Trenches

Posted by Sophie Herron on Jun 10, 2014 10:35:00 AM

by Carol Barash, PhD, founder and CEO, Story To College, and author of Write Out Loud

Before starting Story To College, I was an avid alumni interviewer for Yale and Princeton. Years later, I still remember many students’ stories: the guy who said of National Outdoor Leadership School, "I threw away my mirror: the group became my mirror," and the girl from Ukraine who lived in the attic of the church where her father was the janitor.

The best interviews were honest and full of details that triggered memories and emotions. Here are 5 inside tips to make sure your interview is the one that's remembered and helps you get in:  

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Topics: juniors, college visits, summer, interviews, tips and tricks

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