No event has been more disruptive to admissions in the last 50 years than the new test-optional policy adopted by the vast majority of colleges in response to the COVID-19 pandemic of the last two years. Although this policy was essentially forced on schools by the pandemic, colleges now present it as a service to applicants. But is it? At Blue Stars, we’ve actually observed increased student anxiety in reaction [...]
"Follow your passion!" is the conventional wisdom for students choosing a college major and career, leading many teens to think they need to find that “one” thing to be successful in the college admissions process.
Competitive colleges expect much more than excellent grades and test scores. That means it’s essential for teens to develop their interests uniquely and deeply through summer and extracurricular activities, starting in the summer after ninth grade.