What Really Goes on in the Admissions Office?
An early 1980s American Tourister television commercial showed a happy couple checking in at an airline counter. A clean-cut airline employee puts their luggage gingerly on a conveyor belt…only to have it grabbed and thrown around by a large gorilla behind the scenes. In addition to the obvious “our luggage is strong” message, there is the in-your-face contrast between how passengers expect their belongings to be treated and the reality.
If you have ever been to a college admissions presentation and heard phrases such as: “Each application gets a holistic review,” “Share, don’t tell,” and “You should apply,” you may envision the dedicated airline professional from the TV ad calmly shepherding your luggage/student’s application on its way. But perhaps you should be thinking instead about the gorilla.
Our founder debunks common misconceptions about the admissions office at universities and colleges. She shares insights on submitting an application and the holistic review.
Would You Walk Away to Follow Your Passion?
Chasing a career path or building a business that doesn’t light you up tends to slowly eat away at your soul on a daily basis. From the moment your eyes open at the sound of your alarm clock signaling the start of another day, to the thoughts creeping in, like… If only I could find a way to make a living that incorporates my passion while creating a life of purpose and fulfillment. And then it happens – you courageously take the leap to follow a dream.
There’s nothing like doing a total 180 in your career path. I recently did a change myself, leaving the mundane behind for the exhilaration of building a business that is true to me while relying on true grit to push through my fears that popped up.
The Huffington Post’s Julie Barnes interviews our, founder, Stephanie Klein Wassink.
7 Proven Tips for Successful College Application Essays
I used every single one of my fast waning powers of influence to get my oldest son to cut his hair. I begged, bribed, teased, and—eventually—grew to ignore it. Not only did it stand out like a sore thumb in Fairfield County, Conn., it stood in stark contrast to the hair of our friends’ sons, which was closely cropped and perfectly shaped.
Somewhere in the tangle of my son’s nine-foot afro, I learned an interesting lesson about how parenting for conformity can make the college application process a lot more difficult.
I am not proud of it but watching the other toddlers crawl, I worried when my first child showed little interest in crawling or walking even though he spoke like he could deliver the nightly news.
Now, as a college consultant, I have to convince other people’s children to recognize and embrace what makes them different. After all, there is really only one essay question when it comes right down to it…
Your Chances of Getting Accepted into Top MBA Programs
Ah, the call of the MBA. In today’s work world, even new professionals who are still huffing and puffing up the proverbial ladder have their sights set on business school. After all, earning an MBA degree is a surefire way to increase your salary, boost your credibility and prove your commitment to your career. Oh and let’s not forget about that whole job security thing — did you know 95 percent of Class of 2013 MBA grads were employed by September 2013?
Like it or not, you’ve gotta work to work it! And by that we mean you generally need solid work experience (anywhere from two to seven years) to be a considered a good candidate for admission to a top-notch program.
Before you spend thousands of dollars on your MBA degree, you need to answer questions like “What does your employment history look like?” In this Brazen article, founder Stephanie Klein Wassink explains that MBA applications must demonstrate personal maturity, business knowledge, management perspective and bottom-line impact.
Waitlisted? AdmissionsCheckup Offers Expert Application Review
In this Hamlet Hub article, Stephanie Klein Wassink discusses some of the reasons why an applicant is deferred or waitlisted. More importantly, she shares some of the steps students can take to get out of the deferred or waitlisted pile.
Getting feedback from former admissions officers, who can provide a fresh perspective on your application can help. By clarifying possible reasons for the waitlist status, students can take concrete steps to move forward.
AdmissionsCheckup.com Officially Launched
Business Wire announced the launch of AdmissionsCheckup.com. The article details how applicants are paired with former admissions officers to receive feedback on their applications before they are officially submitted. Students upload their Common Application PDF for evaluation. Feedback includes uncovering red flags, unanswered questions or buried gems that will make their application shine.
10 Things to Do on a College Trip and More
“Why Tufts, Harvard, UConn or any other college?” Junior year is usually a busy time as students and their parents plan college visits. Seeing a school can help narrow a student’s top choices, and ultimately, provide information that will prove helpful when completing the applications and essays. But what you do while at the school is equally important. Here are my 10 tips that will get you on the right track.
In these Teen Life articles, AdmissionsCheckup founder discusses some of the most important aspects of the college admissions process. Before you submit your college application, you need to make the most of your college campus visit. Here are 10 tips for your college visit as well as social media do’s and don’ts, a list of important factors associated with admission and a guide that helps students avoid senioritis.
Students Can Get an AdmissionsCheckup
Stephanie Klein Wassink thinks so. As the founder of AdmissionsCheckup.com, Stephanie knows that this is a highly emotional time for a family. When they come to her for advice and direction, she knows to be both empathetic and direct. In this Wilton Bulletin article, Wassink shares her personal experience about picking the right school.