It's a question that we frequently see this time of year:
"I applied to a college via Early Action/Early Decision. I was unfortunately not accepted, so may I apply a second time as a Regular Decision applicant?"
Whether you can or cannot apply again through Regular Decision depends on the exact wording of the decision that you received (either by email or snail mail).
DENIED: If a candidate is denied outright or rejected in this Early Decision/Early Action stage, then you are not able to submit an application as Regular Decision.
If a college or university believes that you are a borderline candidate, but they are not yet willing (or able) to commit to you during the Early Action/Early Decision process, they will DEFER you. There are a select few schools though, that will not ever defer Early Action/Decision applicants as they will only admit or deny them with the early round.
DEFERRED: If you are deferred, the college will then reevaluate your application, resume, and credentials with the Regular Decision pool. As a deferred candidate, you do not have to reapply and the college or university automatically considers you along with the Regular Decision candidates.
After a deferral, absolutely stay in touch with your admission representative - send any updates or highlights via email, correspond to let them know that you are still eager to potentially attend (if, that is, you still are). And, if you do happen to be denied, know that this is not the end of the world. Instead, take a positive mindset, and refocus your sights on schools that you love and provide you with the best opportunities.
Questions on admissions decisions? On the college process? Do not hesitate to reach out by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!
Our latest installment of 'Student Athlete Stories' is with a former Eastern Illinois University student-athlete, Maria Sorrentino, who played on the softball team and now works with ESPN in their finance department.
As noted in our previous #StudentAthleteStory posts, these responses are perfect to be used as a guide and reference-point for high school athletes looking to take the proper steps to prepare themselves for college life as an NCAA student-athlete.
Athletically, what was the toughest part about making the transition from senior year of high school to freshman year of college? >> The level of play was the most challenging adjustment from high school to college. In high school, it's easy to perform well when you're always one of the best, one of the fastest and one of the strongest. In college, everyone is at that next level and it was a challenge, both mentally and physically, to shine among a group full of all-stars.
And what about academically? >> Academically, the greatest challenge came in the form of time management. As a student-athlete, your schedule is so packed and you have so many new, exciting things going on, it's easy to allow other things to take priority over your studies if you aren't disciplined.
How did you select your college? Were you recruited? And if so, what was the recruiting process like for you? >> I chose EIU because I was offered a scholarship to play softball, it was Division I and it was the perfect distance from home (not too far, not too close). I attended a softball camp at EIU early in the summer prior to my senior year, and a few months later received a scholarship offer from Southern Illinois. That same day, the EIU coach called with an offer and I accepted on the spot because I felt more comfortable with EIU's coaching staff, program and school.
What did you do to prepare yourself the summer before you went off to college for the first time? To prepare myself over the summer for my freshman year, I played enough softball to stay in shape, but not too much as to burn myself out before getting there. I also spent time with family and friends I wouldn't get to see regularly anymore, worked at a coffee shop, and enjoyed the calm before the storm!
What, if any, academic aide was available to you? (Did you have team tutors, mandatory study halls, etc). >> There were all kinds of academic resources on campus. For student-athletes only, we had the academic center with our academic advisors, tutors, mandatory study hall hours (until you surpassed a certain GPA), free printing, computers, etc. The university also provided academic services, but I never once didn't find what I needed at the student-athlete center.
What tips do you have for students regarding time management? >> Time management really stems from being self-motivated and a drive to succeed. My advice would be to always think about the consequences to not managing your time well. If at this point you don't fully understand how important your academics are to your future, then think about how your athletics will be impacted if your grades slip. "Early and often" were two words I felt always related to me successfully managing my time. Start things early and revisit often!
What advice do you have for high school students looking to play a sport in college? >> I would say, if you're on the fence, DO IT! There is no better experience I had than being a student-athlete. While it was incredibly challenging, and I had my fair share of failures along the way, it taught me more skills and lessons than any job or organization during those critical four years could have.
A huge ‘Thank You’ to Maria for her thoughtful responses! And remember, if you are a high school student athlete who has questions regarding the college prep or athletic recruiting process, do not hesitate to contact us (email@example.com). We want to help you write your 'Student-Athlete Story'!!
Leonard Andrew Consulting is proud to announce it's partnership with the Laurel Springs School (based in Ojai, CA and West Chester, PA) -- an accredited K-12 distance learning school.
Laurel Springs offers personalized resources, customizable curricula, and individualized teacher services to:
- Students and families attending public and private school who are looking for another option;
- Distance learning and home education students;
- Students pursuing acting or sports careers;
- Families living abroad.
With this partnership, LAC will continue to develop it's place as a leader in the holistic guidance and development of student-athletes. LAC will work with a number of the 4,000 students currently in the LSS program, as well as navigating student-athletes to the specialized classes, curriculum, and teaching that they need in order to take their next steps - be it in college, during the college process, or in accordance with the NCAA requirements and regulations.
For more information on the Laurel Springs School. click here.
With inquiries, or to learn how you or your student can enroll in a program or class through LAC, do not hesitate to email us by clicking here.
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Studying for a class or exam requires a great deal of energy and focus: both physical and mental. Whether you are prepping for an important exam such as the SAT or ACT, or memorizing those last-minute facts for a final, studying can take a toll on your body and mind.
It is important to find strategies that can help you study more efficiently to ultimately improve your grades. Coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks and is widely used to manage stress, as well as improve focus and overall productivity. It has several effects on your mind and body. Here are some ways coffee can help you study better and may help you improve your grades.
Different types of coffee
Coffee comes in a variety of types and roasts. Produced and sold all over the world, it can be purchased in a range of roasts from light to dark. Dark roasts are roasted for a longer duration and are richer and bolder in flavor compared to lighter roasts. In addition to the type of roast, the way coffee is ground can greatly affect the taste.
Coffee can be ground more coarsely, which is sometimes used in a French press, or is ground to a very fine powder which is usually how espresso is made. You can modify the taste of coffee to your preference by adding sugar, spices, milk, or cream.
The key ingredient in coffee that has causes the mental effects is caffeine. Lighter roasts and more finely ground coffee will yield the most caffeine which is largely responsible for helping you study better.
Coffee can help you study
Coffee can have several effects on the body and mind. Many people choose to drink coffee in the morning because it has several effects in the brain and can wake you up and make you feel more alert. The beverage works by blocking the chemical signals that make you feel sleepy. It has also been shown to improve memory and recall, which is critical when you are trying to retain facts and concepts for exams.
Coffee can also provide a boost of energy when your body is starting to feel the toll of several hours of studying. In addition to the effects on your body, taking a quick coffee break can improve your focus by helping you break up major sections or chapters, while giving you a boost of energy so you can get through the remaining content.
Java also improves blood flow which may help you if you are sedentary for several hours studying for your classes and exams. Although coffee can help keep you alert and focused, you should limit your consumption to 1-2 cups a day as overconsumption can make you feel jittery, nauseous, and may interfere with sleep and cause insomnia.
The last thing you want is to not be able to sleep before a big exam. If you are having trouble sleeping with coffee, try limiting your consumption to a cup of coffee and try to avoid drinking it in the afternoon and evening.
Preparing and storing coffee
If you only use coffee during exams and are not an everyday drinker, you should store your beans in an airtight container at room temperature. You can choose to grind beans each time you use them. But if you grind your beans in larger batches, you should also store ground coffee in airtight containers at room temperature. Coffee can be used as a stain, so you can use it to create unique stains, perhaps on your coffee storage container, but also be mindful about having coffee around your unfinished wood furniture.
Coffee can help you study and ultimately improve your grades by waking you up, making you feel more alert, and improving your memory. It can also improve your mood and blood flow which can help you feel less stressed while studying.
You should drink as needed but in moderation as consuming too much or too late in the day can make you sick and may cause insomnia. Coffee can ultimately be a great tool to help you improve and maintain your grades.
By Sarah Jones, guest writer. (Bio: We Dream of Coffee is Sarah’s passion project. She started writing about coffee because she wants more people to know about its benefits on the mind and body.)
After our most recent standardized testing post (Prep & Practice in the Days Leading Up to the SAT/ACT) we went ahead and asked this question of a number of high school juniors and seniors to see how they prepared themselves. Their responses may help you to prep for your own SAT or ACT test! No matter what, know that you must find the time to relax and focus rather than cram and ultimately stress yourself out!
During the research and review of potential colleges that may be a best fit for a high school student, we find that they oftentimes will not have the opportunity to connect with those who have 'been there, done that' - the alumni of the school.
In the effort to bring visibility to the thoughts that many alums have on their college days - be in about the campus, the programs, athletics, or even their routines - we've started Top 5 Takeaways, a weekly blog created to educate, inspire, and prepare students who are deciding what college may be best for them. Our interviewed guests will touch on everything from academics to campus-life, from dining hall food to moving across the country. This is meant to be an authentic and true narrative - as guests can write not only about what they want, but can piece content together how they want - with no motives other than to showcase their real thoughts on real experiences. This is information that aims to serve a number of high school students across the country.
We start with a graduate of the University of Vermont (Burlington, VT) - Charles M. '07. His Top 5 Takeaways are:
For questions on any of this information, or on any steps in the college selection and admissions process, do not hesitate to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Care to share your college story? Send a brief summary of yourself and your college days to email@example.com.
With the scores now all in and reported to us, we are happy to announce that students working with Leonard Andrew Consulting to prepare for their summer SAT scored an average of 50 points higher than their previous tests!
What's more is that each and every student improved, and not a single student tallied a lesser score than any previous.
LAC's mix of pre-test prep and component specific study guidance makes this possible. We run a 'diagnostic' with the students in the review of their previous SATs or PSATs (if applicable), so that we can focus on the areas that need strengthening, all while maintaining those areas that are already exceptional. Our method also allows for students to know how they operate best - both when studying for the standardized test as well as that time sitting for (and during) the test itself - so that they may be as successful as can be!
Can Leonard Andrew Consulting help you or your son/daughter to prepare for the SAT or ACT? Be sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. We work both in-person (in and around Connecticut) as well as remote via live-stream services with students all over the US (via FaceTime, Skype, etc).
We've had a number of questions come to us about 'Official Visits' for student-athletes, and so we wanted to get out our take on a few things to keep in mind regarding these exciting opportunities.
First and foremost, if you were asked to visit campus on an 'Official Visit' by a coach -- congratulations!
Understand that a visit that is 'Official' in nature for a student-athlete is a visit to a D1 or D2 college campus by the student and his/her parents paid for by the college. This means that the school would pay all (or some) of the following: (1) Transportation to and from the college, (2) Room and meals while visiting, (3) 'Entertainment' expenses, typically in the form of a home game for one of their athletics programs (doesn't have to be the sport you're looking to place, though that is ideal).
Typically, D3 schools will not offer an official visit by these standards, but the school can certainly choose to do so. (Those that do are the ones that have larger funding and recruiting budgets).
By NCAA rules, student-athletes can only begin accepting official visit offers on Day 1 of their high school senior year. In the case of baseball, for example, October is THE month for recruiting visits, so the timeline for these 'official visits' begins very soon.
Rule of thumb: If a coach/program offers you an official visit, you are most likely on the upper end of their recruiting list.
Of course, if you have any questions or concerns with the visit, you should always ask the coach you spoke with initially to clarify (what type of visit, what specific things you may be doing on the visit, if you can see a classroom/have a full campus tour, etc).
You'll be asked any number of questions while on your visit, a set of which we've covered when prepping for the interviews (Read: What Will a College Coach Ask Me...). Two big ones that may very well come out during this visit -- (1) Can you see yourself playing here? and (2) When can you commit?
While you won't be doing any on-field work, just keep in mind that you are still constantly being evaluated: your character, your responses, etc. A visit like this does not guarantee a spot on the roster. You've been identified as someone they'd potentially like to sign, and now they want to see if your personality fits the mold of person that they are looking for - they want an asset for the team, the school, and the community.
Make sure to get to know the school beyond that of the team and sports facilities as well. Remember, outside of baseball you'll be here for four years -- you need to know that you'll be happy and comfortable! We remind student-athletes that they should look to have an admissions tour as well to supplement this official visit. The admissions representatives will take note as you 'demonstrate interest' -- you'll be able to more fully immerse yourself into the day-to-day happenings of a student, and you'll be able to visit other areas of campus that you may not see with the coach/team. Other than a field, there will be two main places where you spend A LOT of your time -- the dining hall and the dorms -- be sure to not miss those.
With any questions on this, as well as anything else pertaining to athletic recruiting, just let us know by sending an email to email@example.com!
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