In this episode, I sit down with high school college counselor Sharon Genicoff to explore the art of crafting an authentic personal brand for your college applications. Our conversation empowers students to present their unique qualities in a meaningful way, ensuring their college applications stand out and reflect their genuine selves. Tune in for invaluable […]
Here’s a look into the future: It’s Spring of 2024. The school year is rolling on. Homework and activities have piled up. And you realize you’re behind—again. You thought this time would be different, but the days slipped away, “have to’s” piled up, and your hope of being purposeful and intentional got swallowed by […]
Today I sit down with longtime friend, Bob Schaeffer. Bob is an incredible source of knowledge around how the testing landscape has changed in the last several decades and the work that he and his team at FairTest do is invaluable. Tune in to hear about the test optional movement in college admissions and more! TRANSCRIPT […]
Since we started helping students in 2005 get into their dream schools, our team of former admissions officers, writing coaches, and research analysts have helped students with hundreds of personal statements, supplemental essays, activity lists, and resumes. On top of that, we’ve given our students advice on which schools to target, how best to frame […]
Today’s episode is a special one: I get to talk to a mom and her daughter about their experience with the college process. Navigating college admissions is hard for anyone, and for people with minority backgrounds, there are additional factors to consider. Tune in to learn how one family listened to their values and found […]
In today’s episode, I recap the SCOTUS decision on affirmative action and break down what it means for students and families, particularly when it comes to writing essays on “diversity” and related topics. Tune in to learn how colleges are reacting to the decision, what we expect they will do as we move forward, and […]
Welcome back everyone! Today, I kick off back to school season with an interview with my dear friend and colleague, Holly Schrieber. Holly is one of the few people at Signet who does “all the things” – and this makes her an incredible insightful advisor and supporter for parents and students alike. Tune in to […]
If you’ve been following Signet for any period of time or reading through their provided resources, you’ve probably already heard a lot of talk about the college admissions essay. It’s not just a big checkbox on the admissions to-do list. It offers a chance to encapsulate your journey in life thus far. The opportunity for […]
As we slip further into summer, many high school students are starting to prepare for August 1st—the day when many colleges release the supplemental essay prompts for their school’s applications. These summer months are the perfect time to start working on your college application essays. This crucial step in the admissions process provides an opportunity […]
Riding the Winds of Change How to Sail Through Transition It’s summer. Your kid is a teenager. That means you’re facing a whole lot of change. We don’t even need to know what age or year your child is currently in to know they’re facing some whopping transitions in the year ahead. All you […]
Today, I talk with Signet’s Director of Operations and senior academic coach, Andrea West about the benefits of combining traditional college admissions consulting with coaching. Coaching can not only improve a student’s academic performance, but it can also shift them into more of a growth mindset and self-knowledge, two things which are vitally important in […]
We have the privilege of working with the most amazing and talented students and talented staff, and we’re just so proud, we have to shout it from the rooftops! In the past year alone, our students have received acceptance letters from over 90 of our nation’s top-rated colleges and universities. This is an incredible achievement, […]
Does standardized testing help or hurt your college admission chances? When it comes to standardized tests for college applications, your high school Freshman or Sophomore has choices looming in front of them you never had to face, and you’re not sure how to help them make the right decision. Should they take the SAT or […]
Marie Bigham, Founder & Executive Director of ACCEPT, joins to talk with us about issues of equity and access in college admissions, and the work that her non-profit has undertaken to make the system work better for everyone. TRANSCRIPT Marie Bigham: 0:00 So we’ve built this entire mythology, including put up these false barriers that create […]
As their children approach the college process, some families face a uniquely challenging question: does the model minority myth help or hurt their students in college applications? Given the cases before the Supreme Court, the lack of transparency in the admissions process, and differing values around education, this discussion is overshadowed by strong opinions, confusion, and […]
The school year is coming to a close, and you’re getting excited about summer and all its possibilities. But nagging there in the back of your mind is this little thought that won’t leave you alone. Your college essay. You can put it off or pretend it’s not there, but eventually, you’ll have to face […]
Towards the end of my conversation with Jay, our CEO, last week, we started getting really tactical around various tools that can help build students’ awareness of their challenges and move them towards solutions. In this episode, we talk through calendars, digital distractions, time management, and a tool for examining how non-academic factors impact academic […]
Summer is on its way, and if you’re the parent of a high schooler, you’re probably starting to think about what they’re going to be spending all that free time doing. How do you give them the freedom they need to refresh and avoid burnout, but also keep them challenged, mentally engaged and building a […]
If your child has been put on the waitlist for their college of choice, you know the ache of watching them struggle under the weight of it. The feeling of being in limbo can be hard to bear, and it’s difficult to know what to do next. Although the waitlist isn’t a closed door, it […]
One of the less visible changes that the 2020 pandemic brought us was the shift to “test optional” policies at many schools across the US. Nearly 2,000 schools have now instituted this policy based not only on the lack of ability to test during lockdown, but on research showing standardized test scores do not offer […]
With all the college decisions that came out in the last week of March, I’m getting so many questions about how to navigate the waitlist. In this episode, I talk about what the waitlist is used for, how waitlist use has increased recently, and what students who are waitlisted should do to both move forward […]
If your student is a sophomore or junior, it’s time to create a list that is robust enough to give you options, but tight enough that you can execute fantastic applications to all of them. Learn how to build a stellar college list.
Who are college admissions officers? And how can students ensure their applications stand out? Discover three helpful guidelines for making a good impression.
It’s not too early for high school students to begin planning their summers! Discover four strategies for planning activities that are engaging and fulfilling.
Preparing to write your college essay? Learn what makes a great college essay, how to write one from brainstorming to final draft, and helpful quick tips.
Is your student struggling with organization and time management? Learn how an executive functioning coach can help them be successful in all areas of life.
The college essay (or personal statement) is an important component of a college application. Discover Signet’s 8-step approach to writing the perfect essay.
The waiting is the hardest part! But just how long do college admissions decisions take? Keep reading to find the answer.
College admissions is one of the most important parts of the high school experience. It can also be a significant source of stress for students and their parents—especially as they try to keep up with the many other demands of high school. First things first: take a deep breath. The journey you’re about to take […]
The most successful high school students have a road map that takes them from the beginning of freshman year through high school graduation. Learn how sophomores and juniors can plan their road maps.
Is your student applying early? Here’s a quick checklist of the pieces they’ll need to finalize by the November 1st deadline.
Signet is proud to be a one-stop solution for academic support. Discover how our unique Pathfinder approach empowers students to pursue their own version of success.
We receive many questions from families about whether their students should take the SAT, ACT, or go test optional. Here’s how to make the right decision.
If your rising senior is struggling to find the motivation to work on their college application this summer, these tips can help get them on the right track.
When creating a college application, a student’s main goal is to tell a story about who they are. Discover how to transform summer activities into application-worthy narratives.
Complex teens deserve a customized method for making crucial decisions about their future. Learn more about Signet’s secret-sauce framework.
Summer is right around the corner and it’s the perfect time for students to get on track with college applications. Get Signet’s college application checklist.
How can students and their parents go about creating a stellar college list? Read Signet’s step-by-step guide.
The revising and editing stage of writing a college essay evolves a decent essay into a great one. Discover six guidelines to follow.
Being waitlisted puts students in a liminal space that can be excruciating to navigate—but there is hope. Discover what to do next.
College recommendations can carry a tremendous amount of weight in a student’s application. Discover the dos and don’ts of recommendations in our latest blog
How can students stand out in a highly competitive college admissions landscape? Discover our #1 secret to getting into college.
Want to know how to get the most out of aid for college—regardless of income? You have to know the rules to win the game. Learn the rules in today’s blog.
Parents of college-bound students often ask us when they should start thinking about the college admissions process. It’s a great question—so let’s dive in!
High school juniors are inundated with questions about the future. Discover how to support your teen with the right questions and conversation starters.
Does your student benefit from applying to college Early Action or Early Decision? Learn why applying early may—or may not—increase their chance of acceptance.
In this blog post, you’ll discover what the college essay is, why it matters, and what a good college essay can really do for students.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of higher education. Ask anyone who took the SAT or applied to colleges last year about their experience, and they’ll tell you just how stressful it was.
To many families, the SAT and ACT are practically synonymous with college admissions. But there are more than a few problems with the SAT and ACT. Learn about the issues with standardized testing and what colleges are doing about it.
Learn why a private admissions counselor can complement a student’s relationship with their in-school guidance counselor.