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Volume 5, Issue 3

Dr. Kat’s List: 5 Campuses if You Want the Harry Potter Experience

I hope you’re excited to see the latest installment of how Hollywood brings J.K. Rowling’s words to the big screen in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Although none of my students have listed being a “muggle” on their resumes, many students have wanted to attend a campus that is reminiscent of what they have read or seen in Rowling’s books. From my campus visits and speaking with my team of counselors at IvyWise, we have identified five American universities that, due to their physical appearance, residential community, academic rigor, extracurricular opportunities, and unique traditions, would make Hogwarts proud.

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The Four-Year Plan for High School Freshmen

Middle school was the time to perfect your study habits and learn to organize and multi-task. Middle school was also a time for trial and error. You grew into your own skin, experimented with hobbies, and readied yourself for a more focused academic career. High school is a fresh start, but even the beginning counts. Your entire transcript, freshman through senior year, will be part of your college application. If your goal is to gain admission to a competitive university, you need to create a four-year plan.

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Parent’s Guide to the Sibling Dynamic in College Admissions 

As fans of TLC’s series Jon & Kate Plus 8 know far too well, every child is “unique”even if you have twins and sextuplets! As summer provides you with an opportunity to reflect on how much your children have grown and developed into young adults, you may be dealing with the dynamic of sibling rivalry. I hope the following provides a quick guide to help you manage your role as parent when your children apply to college.

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