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Volume 8, Issue 5

Dr. Kat’s List: Five Colleges for Bicycling Enthusiasts

May is National Bike Month! Bicycling is a popular mode of transportation on many campuses, and colleges around the country are making bicycling accessible to students for its physical, financial, environmental, and social benefits. Whether you’re looking for a school that offers a bike to ride or one that offers scenic paths to navigate, Dr. Kat and the expert counselors at IvyWise have identified five bike-friendly schools to get the wheels turning on your college search.

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Gifts for Grads

Your family has likely spent months stressing over standardized tests and agonizing over college applications, and now your student has finally decided where he or she will spend the next four years. Congratulations! Commencement is truly an event to celebrate. Often, family and friends seek a way to both commemorate the occasion and prepare students for what comes next. The expert counselors at IvyWise put together a list of graduation gift ideas that are sure to excite and inspire your graduating senior.

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Selecting Teachers to Write Letters of Recommendation

Many colleges require letters of recommendation from teachers as part of the college application. Colleges recognize that your teachers spend significant time with you and, therefore, trust them to provide a candid picture of who you are as a scholar and a person. At IvyWise, we encourage students to ask their teachers for letters before the end of junior year (now!) and then follow up at the beginning of senior year. This will ensure that your writer has plenty of time to draft a thoughtful letter and give them a chance to write about you while the school year is still fresh in their mind. By asking early you also ensure that you are a priority with the teachers who you want to write your letters, who will probably be asked by several students.

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