April 15, 2020

Most students entering high are are unsure of "what they want to do when they grow up." This is completely normal and high school is the perfect time to explore and try different activities to build self-awareness and explore interests. So, what can parents do? Here ar...

August 1, 2019

1. Forget every movie you’ve ever seen about college. #notreal

2. You will get homesick. #youwillbeokay

3. Your professors are real people with super cool accomplishments. #gotoofficehours

4. You’re wasting your own money if you don’t go to class. #showup

5. A test could k...

May 18, 2018

Southern California STEM Programs for High School Students

Vital Link OC

Week long summer session – Engineering, Solar Power, Tech


USC Viterbi – Engineering Summer Intensive Programs



December 15, 2017

Participation in a summer program is not essential to earn admission into a selective college.  For example, spending your summer at a local job or internship, or completing a for-credit college course, can prove just as impressive. However, students seeking an excitin...

May 14, 2017

Summer is a wonderful time for students to volunteer and explore their interests in depth!

Check-out these organizations for some ideas:


Orange County Public Library (various locations)

Volunteer office: 714 556-3070

Minimum age: 15 years old. Volu...

November 19, 2016

Tell me about yourself." This is the most common question a student will be asked in a college or job interview and it is also the one I find many students struggle with almost immediately. "What do I share?" "What is most important?" "Should I just go through my resum...

August 16, 2016

The school year is winding down and the pressure of college admissions is off. Many seniors have already decided where they will be go to school in the fall and now the challenge is to stay motivated to finish their senior year with success. Here are 5 ways to stay mot...

October 17, 2015

College planning can actually begin in middle school. The focus for middle school students is different than those in high school and can be extremely valuable for a student's success. Seventh and eighth grades are the best time to prepare a student for the college pla...

August 21, 2015

Students are receiving their class schedules in the coming weeks and many are scratching their heads when trying to decide what elective classes to take or what sports or clubs to join. While every student is unique in their goals and passions, generally there are two...

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