SAT Essay Revision: What Should I Do?

Published Friday, June 27, 2014 by Richard Hong

As mentioned in the previous blog, the SAT will have a revision to make the essay portion optional. With that being said, I still urge you to learn how to create a persuasive essay, even if the scoring isn’t mandatory. For one, the essay is optional but opted for so that you can show perspective colleges your ability to write well and persuasively. The prompts will no longer be generic to which students can use the same formula to respond to. Instead, they will be prompts that require the students to analyze and provide evidence… Continue Reading

Recover Your Bad GPA (for rising Juniors in High School)

Published Monday, June 9, 2014 by Richard Hong

So you’ve goofed off and didn’t take some classes seriously. Maybe there were other circumstances that led to your bad grade. But now you’re ready to be serious and raise your GPA. You’re looking to recover your bad GPA. If this is the case, then you still have time to improve your final GPA. College admissions are interested in your overall GPA and will look at the trends in which your GPA spikes or drops. As such, if you can improve your GPA during your Junior year, you’ll be able to send a message that you’re… Continue Reading

Letters of Recommendation: Recommend Me

Published Saturday, June 7, 2014 by Richard Hong

So, letters of recommendation…. you’ll need them for when you apply to colleges or even graduate schools later on. How do you know which people to ask for recommendations and what is the etiquette behind requesting for one? I’ll list out some advice below. Who to ask:   Teachers/Professors: Assuming that you are applying to an academic institution, you should have at least one letter from a teacher or professor that can attest that you will be able to handle the rigorous academic environment and culture. In particular, you want this teacher to show an… Continue Reading

Campus Safety: Be Alert, Be Aware

Published Monday, June 2, 2014 by Richard Hong

  Today will touch on a rather grim topic: The UCSB shooting incident and the consequent advice on Campus Safety. On May 23rd, there was a shooting incident near the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara. The shooting seems to be premeditated in advance, with the shooter listing his grievances in advance about his frustrations of “loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires”. At least six were killed and one underwent surgery for life-threatening condition. The university has issued out emergency housing for those displaced by the incident. While the incident itself may seem… Continue Reading