College Tours: Wesleyan University

WHY IS THIS SCHOOL AWESOME?

Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college where students are able to take advantage of research opportunities with professors. Located in between New York City and Boston, students are able to travel to either to take advantage of internship opportunities. Strong liberal arts curriculum plus a desire to help improve the world leads graduates in every direction where they have a strong support system. The campus is a variety of architectural styles surrounding a baseball/football field.

Olin Library

FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS?

Foss Hill

5 WORDS TO DESCRIBE CAMPUS?

DIVERSE, ECLECTIC, LIBERAL, SPORTY, COLLABORATIVE.

The view from Foss Hill

THE "TYPICAL STUDENT" IS...

Students at Wesleyan are caring, smart, liberal, diverse and independently-minded.

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE?

Applicants regardless of citizenship attending schools outside the US and Canada are not required to submit SAT or ACT test results if actual or predicted results for national, standardized, subject-based examinations such as the 'A' levels, French Baccalaureat, ISC, German Abitur, etc. are submitted by the student's school.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS/OFFERINGS APPLICANTS SHOULD CONSIDER?

Take a look at their 5-year BA/MA program they offer in Music, Psych, and Science. If you do your four years at Wesleyan, you get your 5th year (and a Masters degree) for free!

TIPS FOR THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

International students account for 12% of all admits, coming from 59 other countries. Apply early because it definitely counts; acceptance rates double in Early Decision as compared to Regular Decision.

Office of Admissions

FUN FACTS?

Eli: Classes can count twice for different majors, making it easier to double major!

Not Your Average College-Preparedness Checklist

It’s 10:00 PM the night before you drive 250 miles to get dropped off for move-in day at college. You run through your packing list one more time: two weeks of clothes? check. Shower towel? check.

Everything seems fine when you arrive, so you head to your dorm with your parents, unpack everything, give them a hug and start your journey as an adult. Two weeks later, you’re out of clean clothes to wear, so you grab your laundry basket and walk downstairs to the laundry room. Finally, as you finish loading the machine, you pause… you don’t have laundry detergent. Actually, come to think of it, you never did your own laundry at home, and you’re not really sure what to do anyway. You sit there wishing you had helped your mom out at least one time instead of having her take care of everything for you. 

Don’t let this story become a reality! Below are some things to consider before you head off to college. If you can answer “yes” to most of these questions, you may have a few awkward situations, but you should be fine. Nobody knows everything, and you’ll figure out the odds and ends along the way. If you’re saying “no” to most of these questions… it’s something to think about over the summer. Consider this your unofficial college-preparedness checklist:

  1. Have I done my own laundry?
  2. Have I washed my own dishes?
  3. Can I cook myself a meal?
  4. Have I purchased my own groceries or toiletries before?
  5. Have I fixed an electrical problem/piece of machinery before (i.e. a broken fan)?
  6. Along those lines... Do I know how to use tools?
  7. Have I ever gone to a pharmacy to get the appropriate medicine for an illness?
  8. Have I ever changed my own sheets?
  9. Have I ever taken out the trash?
  10. Have I ever vacuumed my room?
  11. Have I ever changed a light bulb?
  12. Have I ever taken public transportation?
  13. Have I ever gone to the post office? Do I know how to mail a letter?
  14. Have I ever paid a bill?
  15. Have I ever gone to the bank?
  16. Have I ever used an alarm to wake up (parents don't count as alarm clocks in college!)?
  17. Have I ever used a calendar app/personal planner?
  18. Do I check my email every day?
  19. Do I check the weather before I go out for the day?
  20. Do I have a key chain/ring to keep my keys on?
  21. Have I ever used a navigation app to go somewhere?
  22. Have I ever ordered in food under my own name?
  23. Have I ever called customer support for a problem with my phone/computer?
  24. Do I know how to find a PIN number, a serial number, etc.?
  25. Do I know my social security number?
  26. Have I ever paid/contested a parking ticket?
  27. Do I know my license plate and VIN?
  28. Have I ever applied for a job?
  29. Have I ever paid taxes?
  30. Do I know how to fill out a W-4? I-9?
  31. Have I ever traveled without my family?
  32. Do I know how to get through airport security?
  33. Do I have a passport?
  34. Have I ever schedule an appointment/gone to the doctor myself?
  35. Have I ever lived away from home before?
  36. Am I good at remembering to keep in touch with people I don’t see every day?
  37. Have I ever shared a room/bathroom with another person?
  38. Do I know how to be a good roommate?
  39. Have I ever entered a new community before (moved schools, summer camp, etc.)?
  40. Am I comfortable making small talk with new people and finding new friends?
  41. Have I ever chosen my own classes before?
  42. Do I know what I like/how to ask for help when making decisions?
  43. Have I ever booked a ticket (bus or plane) for myself?
  44. Am I comfortable figuring out how to get back and forth between school and home?
  45. Have I ever taken a taxi/Uber?
  46. Have I ever experienced the weather of the location where my school is?
  47. Have I ever sent a professional email before?

Hopefully, this list didn’t stress you out. Even if it did, you’ll figure it all out at some point, but it never hurts to get a headstart prior to heading out the door!

What Makes a Piece of Writing Good?

As this college essay writing season begins, I find myself answering the following question a lot: 

“Hey, David: what makes a piece of writing good?”

It’s a simple but profound question, and I think at first: Argh! People have been debating this very question since, well, writing systems began. So let’s narrow the question a bit (good writing is specific; there – I made a rule!) 

“Hey, David: what makes a college essay good?” 

Which usually means:

“Hey, David: what makes a college essay good oh my god I’m so nervous I wanna get into my dream school and these 650 words are my potential ticket in THEY NEED TO REPRESENT EVERYTHING AMAZING ABOUT ME HELP!”

Ok ok, maybe I’m overstating things, but first off: I get it. The college essay can seem daunting and yeah, it is important. Though it is only one part of your larger application, which includes your GPA, standardized test scores, activities, service, etc., it’s the most immediately vivid part of an application. The personal essay tells a committee reading it a lot about you that they want to know: Who are you as a person? What will you add to the life of the university, in class and on campus?  

There is of course no one way to go about writing a personal essay, but when I answer this question, I find I answer from another part of my brain - the playwright part. 

Because to me, a good college essay is a bit like a good script: in both cases the words on a page need to create a character that comes to life. You need to feel like you know something about that person and – more importantly – that you want to know more about that person. Now with a personal essay you’re not creating a fictional character, but since you won’t be in the room when they read it, it does need to “pop” off the page the way a fictional character does. 

So as a playwright, I try and think: what draws me in? What gets me excited about a person? It’s usually because the writing answers the following questions: 

What does this character genuinely love? Where is this passion taking them? What are they hoping to accomplish and what are the stakes for them? If I get an idea of what you genuinely love - not what you are supposed to love but what really makes you want to stay up all night reading about, or to spend years pursuing… then I’m already rooting for you. 
On that note, have you (this person on the page, that is) faced any troubles on that path? Has something about what you love surprised you, scared you, or even momentarily defeated you? If I know what someone loves and what they have done to pursue it, I am definitely invested!
Most importantly, is there a moment of discovery within the text? This is another way of saying the classic: “show don’t tell.” Yet I find those three words can obscure as much as they explain; after all, isn’t all writing “telling” on some basic level? I prefer to say that within the essay you should follow dramatic structure: there was an old status quo, an old idea you had about the world or yourself…then something happened that set off a cascade of events and… you learned something. You changed. 

Finally, I’m a big believer in sincerity. Yes a good college essay might benefit from a hook, but unlike a catchy pop song, I need to care. Tell me what you’re willing to work towards and I’ll find a way to support you. And while writing the college essay is a hard task, it doesn’t need to be scary. You are not inventing a new you, you are sincerely telling the college about who you already are and how you got there – and giving a glimpse of at least one thing you are passionate about, so we can root for you to develop this passion at college. 

As this season begins I’m excited to get to learn more about everyone I work with…and remember: so are the colleges! They want to like you! So let them in on what you care about…and they will care about you! 
 

6 Things You Should Be Doing During The Summer Between Semesters

College can be a lot of work, and sometimes we forget what it’s like to NOT be working on assignments and taking tests all of the time. Ending the school year is like when you get off of a treadmill and feel like you should still be moving forward, and it can be hard to adjust to whatever your new schedule is. Here are the things you should consider doing with your time to keep yourself busy but also avoid stress and maybe learn something useful over the summer:

 

1) Get an internship

Not just your old summer job working at the grocery store, but with an organization in the field you might be interested in pursuing as a career (although that old summer job could also be a good option if you want to enjoy your last summer before you have to start getting ready to enter the real world, or if you plan to travel a lot). This is the best way to get hands-on experience in an industry and make a decision about whether you enjoy the work you are doing. Also, if you can get a paid internship, having pocket-money for the following semester is a big bonus!

 

2) Do research

Whether on your own college campus, at a school near home, or in a laboratory not affiliated with a university, research can be a fun way to explore new topics and become more comfortable with some complex concepts about a topic you enjoy. Not everyone wants to go into industry right after college, and if you want to be a researcher, a doctor, a professor, etc. where you are considering grad school, research experience is invaluable. Also, if some of your friends are also doing research, it can be fun to all spend some time together over the summer when you aren’t as busy. Lastly, your research is always an interesting topic of conversation and a good way to build your network by getting to know some of the experts in your field.

 

3) Travel

College might be the first time you leave the little bubble of the town you grew up in, with a more diverse student body, different weather, etc. However, there’s an entire world out there to explore. I personally took the opportunity to travel this summer and went to Israel for 10 days and it was amazing. Trying new foods, immersing yourself in a new culture, and touring foreign locales can be very exciting, and is definitely helpful in leaving the school year behind you to relax. Now that you’re an adult, traveling is much easier, and you should take advantage!

 

4) Take a summer class

Sometimes we don’t get to take all of the classes we want at college. Maybe a certain class sounds interesting but we can’t fit it into our schedule because of all our required courses. If there’s a class you want to get out of the way to make more room in your schedule, or if you are just interested in learning about a specific topic, taking a class at a university near you can be a great way to get ahead in school and be productive over the summer. It’s not at stressful when you take only one class at a time, you get to go home every day, and your school might just take credit from other colleges as pass/fail so you don’t have to stay up all night to make sure you get a perfect score on all of your tests. 

 

5) Learn a new skill/pick up a new hobby

Maybe you want to become familiar with graphic design programs, maybe you want to learn coding, or painting, or investing. Maybe you want to practice a sport that your friends play at school. Whatever piques your interest, you should devote a few hours each week to trying to improve your abilities/expand your horizons. You might impress yourself with how much you can learn with all of the time you have over the summer!

 

6) RELAX

The first thing you should do when you get off of campus is take a long shower and a nap in your own home. Make sure to go outside and enjoy the sun, maybe read a book if you haven’t been reading a lot because of your busy schedule. Catch up with your high school friends who you haven’t seen in awhile. Most importantly: spend quality time with your family who is helping get you through college and who wishes they could call you every day while you’re away. College might be your second home, but don’t forget your first! 

 

The summer is a long break from your college friends, and while you should definitely catch up with the ones who live near you whenever you can, you will all be back on campus faster than you know it. Don’t rush summer! Before you know it, it’ll be your last summer of college and you’ll be wondering where the time went. Try new things, spend time with the people and activities you love, and take it easy. (Also, stay in shape and get a nice tan! There’s not a lot of time to do these things when you’re holed up in a library all-semester-long!)
 

5 Tips to Make the Most of Summer College Tours

Summer is an interesting time for college tours. On one hand, it is when students in high school have the most free time to visits campuses, but at the same time, most colleges are out for the summer, making it harder to get a sense of what campus life is like. So knowing that you will most likely be visiting schools over your summer vacation, how do you make the most out of them?

 

1. Be sure to sign up in advance for tours and information sessions.

Taking a quick break from my tour of Yale to check out the Gutenberg Bible

Since summer is such a popular time to visit (for the exact reason that you’re visiting them), tours and information sessions tend to fill up quickly. Be sure to register either online or by calling the school’s admissions office to secure your spot. You don’t want to miss out on a school because their tour was full!

Additionally, some schools will “track interest”, or take into consideration whether you’ve visited when they’re making their admissions decisions. Going on the tour and attending the information session tells that school that you’re more interested in them, and thus more likely to attend if offered a spot.

 

2. Check out the dining hall.

While most will be operating at a lower capacity due to the students being gone, most dining halls should be open during the summer. This is a great way to get a sense of what kind of food you’d be eating for the next four years on that campus, and how it compares to mom’s cooking. This is also a great way to see what kind of offerings a school has any dietary restrictions and how much that would impact what you could eat on that campus. 

 

3. Peek into the dorms.

A peek of Harvey Mudd College last summer

A lot of schools don’t show dorm rooms during the year because, well, there are students living in them. One of the benefits of visiting over the summer is that there are a lot more open rooms. While some schools may still not want to show them off, there is a much better chance of being able to see where you may be living for the next few years!

 

4. Visit the area around the school.

The students may have left campus in the summer, but the shops and restaurants in the area around the school will still be there. Explore around the school and see what it is like. You won’t spend all four years on campus, so it is nice to have places to go off it as well.

 

5. Meet your admissions representative.

Summer is a quiet time for admissions officers. The long hours and craziness of traveling to all of your high schools/college fairs and reading your applications are over and the office will be a little less hectic (tons of visitors aside) in the summer. This provides a perfect opportunity for you to get to meet the representative for your area. This is especially nice with schools that don’t offer interviews as it will allow them to get to know another side of you and put a face to your name. Just remember to always be appropriately dressed and be prepared with questions!

 

Have any questions about visiting campuses? Don’t hesitate to reach out!
 

Top 5 Tips for ACT English

After weeks of hard work throughout your test preparation, it’s easy to lose touch with the core strategies that gave discipline to your work at the beginning. Though nothing can replace consistent and focused studying over extended periods of time, I’ve compiled a short list of tips that you can use to remind yourself of all the work you’ve accomplished on the English section before you head into the real ACT.

1. BE LITERAL

The unit of an answer of the ACT English section is a sentence – every correct response to a question has specific evidence within the passage to back it up, and everything you need to engage with and respond to these grammar and writing strategy-based tasks can be found within the sentence as you are reading. Be sure to read through to the end of the sentence to make sure you understand all the specific clauses within it, and remember to trust yourself – you are a native.

2. ALWAYS UNDERSTAND THE FUNCTION OF PUNCTUATION

If a punctuation mark is being used in a sentence, there’ll always be a specific reason for why it is there! Remember, commas are a change in thought, semicolons and periods both separate independent clauses/sentences, and finally, there are two main rules for colons: the colon must be preceded by an independent clause, and the information after the colon must expand or elaborate what came before, without a linking word.

3. CHECK QUANTITY AGREEMENT

When dealing with complex subject that uses modifiers to add details for the simple subject, selecting the proper verb form can be tricky. Subjects and verbs must agree in number; if the subject is singular or plural, then the verb must reflect that; the same goes for noun/pronoun agreement; if you are replacing a noun with a pronoun, make sure the pronoun agrees in quantity!

4. PAY ATTENTION TO SUBJECT/VERB AGREEMENT

When dealing with a conjugated verb in a sentence, make sure you know what the connected subject is! If you are stuck on what you see as being a difficult question, locate the conjugated verb in the sentence (the action of what is happening!) and figure out what is doing the action, then make sure the rest of the sentence’s punctuation/structure makes that clear!

5. KEEP RELATED CONTENT TOGETHER

This holds true for within both sentences and the larger structure of paragraphs within a passage: keep related conversations close to one another! When dealing with modifiers, make sure you keep the description as close as possible to what is being described. When dealing with organization, remember that arguments are established and then evidence is provided, so remember that the introduction of a term or idea will always come before its explanation. Remember that nothing beats consistent practice, but hopefully, these tips can up your intellectual game as you work toward your ACT English mastery!

 

-Ryan G, Instructor

Summer Hours

Summer is finally here. We've made it. Now it's time to rest, regroup – and get a head start. School may be out, but we'll be here all summer.

 

LogicPrep Armonk

Our Armonk instruction and practice testing schedules will remain the same until we shift to summer hours on Sunday, July 2nd
INSTRUCTION
Monday-Thursday: 10am-8pm
Sundays starting July 16th: 10am-6pm
PRACTICE TESTING
We will continue to offer practice tests at 8:45 and 12:45 on Saturdays and Sundays
Please note that LogicPrep will be closed Tuesday, June 27-Thursday, June 29 for our annual retreat as well as Tuesday, July 4.
 

LogicPrep São Paulo

Our São Paulo office will be open Monday-Friday from 10am to 7pm for instruction and practice testing throughout June and July:
INSTRUCTION
All lessons for the remainder of June and July will be held online - students are welcome to do them from home or our office
PRACTICE TESTING
For the remainder of June and through July, we will offer proctored practice exams on Saturdays only at 8:45am. We will resume Sunday practice testing in August. Please be sure to arrive promptly to ensure that we can accommodate you.
LogicPrep office will be closed from Tuesday, June 27th-Thursday, June 29th for our annual retreat.

What you need most in your MBA application

In early June, I attended a multi-school MBA admissions event in NYC that featured Michigan Ross, Berkeley Haas, Cornell Johnson, Virginia Darden, Duke Fuqua, and NYU Stern. It was a great way to learn more about the business school application process and hear how candidates are evaluated.

Similar to college applications, grades, test scores, and extracurriculars are important. What was remarkably similar, though, was the stress that your application needs to show how what you've done points you towards your goal and how you believe this school will help you get there.

If you have any questions about the process or are thinking of applying, don’t hesitate to reach out!

 

-Eli S, Director of Academic Consulting

Stop Second Guessing

There are different schools of thought on whether it serves to second guess multiple choice answers on standardized tests. Each of us has our own rhythm, our own approach, and our own insecurities when it comes to taking these tests; when the gentle balance of this equilibrium is interrupted by a hard question, we can easily find ourselves on the road of self-doubt. Every question thereafter can become a new battle of confidence. We look for reasons why any of the answers might be right, and why our answer might be wrong.

In such moments, take a deep breath, take your eyes off the page, refocus, and remember that in the ACT and SAT, there is de facto only ever one right answer to each question. Once you've found it, you can move on. In this game, confidence is the key to success, and we should not be our own worst enemies in this experience. Each question is its own piece of real estate, so whatever happened on the questions prior, the next one is new and you can trust yourself to tackle it.

When I was taking the standardized tests for college, I read an article stating that women spend more time going back and second guessing than men do, and are more likely to be affected by performance-inhibiting self-doubt in the test environment. Since that moment I made it a point to notice when I was engaging in this behavior negatively, and give myself a shot at shaking it off. I encourage all students to do the same. Be thoughtful, be confident, and you'll own it. 

 

-Elizabeth S, Instructor