Newsletter, April/May 2015

Student of the Month:

Ali Warshay

We are excited to announce our student of the month, Alexandra "Ali" Warshay from Westwood, MA. After working incredibly hard and gaining acceptance to several IVY League institutions and various other leading colleges, Ali will be attending Harvard University. Ali attends Westwood High School and is an unbelievable student and test taker – she maintains an A average and earned high scores in the 90th percentile and above for the SAT, ACT, and multiple SAT Subject tests. What really makes Ali stand out is all of her endeavors outside of the classroom. She was admitted to the Brown University summer program, was a camp counselor at Nobles, and was an intern on the set of a Bravo TV show. Additionally, she is a decorated pianist and part of Rivers Conservatory. She also participates in a variety of clubs at her high school. Her most significant achievements include the annual fashion show that she puts on at Bloomingdales, where the proceeds go to cancer research, and her (practically lifelong) commitment to A Fine Dance Studio in Needham, where she instructs, dances, and has been selected as an Ambassador. Ali is one incredible young woman, who has been nothing but a pure joy to work with--from beginning to end. Harvard is known for its decorated student body that has thrived in all facets of life, with each individual being truly exceptional. Ali Warshay will without a doubt be in like company--we are so proud of you!

Tutor of the Month
Leah Berryhill

Leah grew up in Marietta, Georgia and moved north to attend Hamilton college. She graduated with honors in Classical Studies with a double minor in Math and Art History. In college, Leah was an active member of Eta Sigma Phi as well as the captain of the fencing team. For the past year, she has worked at the Ross School as a teaching associate helping a wide range of classes from Geometry to Renaissance History. This fall Leah will begin her studies at Brandeis University in the Ancient Greek and Roman Studies program as she pursues her dream of becoming a Latin teacher. Her favorite part of working with students is when she helps a student have that moment where the light bulb goes on and they really “get it.”

College Football Culture

It’s a Saturday morning, but students are not sleeping late; they are awake, getting ready for the highlight of their week. It’s not a Friday night party, but rather a Saturday morning football tailgate—and it is a corner stone of student life at Division I football colleges. Schools in the south such as University of South Carolina, University of Georgia, Louisiana State University, University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Tennessee, University of Texas at Austin, University of Alabama, and Auburn University—ones in the Midwest such as The Ohio State University, University of Wisconsin Madison, University of Michigan, and Michigan State University—and others on the west coast such as the University of Southern California and University of Oregon have some of the best football programs in the nation. Nearly every student joins in on the festivities each weekend.
A school with a big football culture is also one with an abundance of spirit and pride, as well as an active alumni base. It is a different scene than perhaps what many in the Northeast are used to, but it is “the norm” in many other regions. Colleges with renowned football programs typically have big campuses with large populations, numerous majors, and a multitude of resources. While this can initially seem overwhelming, students quickly see that a large school has a lot to offer them, including hundreds of student organizations, professional research opportunities, and world class faculty in a variety of fields. If a student has a diverse scope of interests or is unsure of a major, it might be wise to consider the benefits of a large university, which often include curriculum that grants students the flexibility to explore classes in different fields before declaring a major. With so many campus amenities and course offerings, along with fun football games to attend, it is no wonder that large universities with “sports cultures” are so popular.

Updated Common Application Essay Questions
We are pleased to share the 2015-2016 Essay Prompts with you: 

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.  What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
Special Promotion!
Refer a friend and receive one free hour of tutoring! There is no maximum amount of rewards, so keep on referring!
Tip of the Month
A growing trend in college admissions is for schools to require one or two (or sometimes three) SAT subject tests. So when is the best time to take them? If you are enrolled in an AP class in a certain subject that you feel confident in, you should take the SAT II in that subject as close to the AP exam as possible. Test dates this year are May 2nd (the week right before AP tests) and June 6th. If you are interested in taking an SAT Subject test in a non-AP class, try to take the test as close to the final as possible, which would most likely be the June 6th test date.

Quote of the Month
"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." - BB King
School of the Month:
Ole Miss

Located in Oxford, Mississippi, The University of Mississippi is better known as Ole Miss. Ole Miss is home to over 21,500 students, a world class faculty, and a broad variety of academic disciplines to serve the interests of its diverse student body. It is a public research university, and it has several unique and noteworthy centers of study that cannot be found anywhere else. The Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, the Croft Institute for International Studies, the National Food Management Service Institute, and the Center for Manufacturing Excellence are just a handful of what Ole Miss has to offer. Other highlights include the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College for Ole Miss’ most exceptional undergraduates, the accountancy school--one of the top ten in the country--and exceptional Medical and Legal graduate programs. Outside of the classroom, the University of Mississippi has hundreds of student organizations. From performing arts groups to pre-professional societies to Greek life, there is something to fit the needs and interests of every student at Ole Miss. In addition to extra-curricular activities, on Saturdays the majority of the student body can be found at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, cheering on their beloved Rebels football team. The team is part of the SEC, arguably the most competitive conference in all of college football, and every home game brings the school together to cheer on its team!

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