Why I Quit the Robotics Team

Why I Quit the Robotics Team

I’m a big fan of the sciences–whether they be applied, theoretical, or both. So theoretically, robotics would come naturally as an extracurricular pursuit. And it…

Yes, It’s Totally Okay to Care About Your Present and Your Future

Yes, It’s Totally Okay to Care About Your Present and Your Future

Have you ever been really, really passionate about something only to find out that people are making fun of you for caring so much? If…

Is It Necessary to Show “a Passion” on College Apps?

Is It Necessary to Show “a Passion” on College Apps?

You’ve probably heard of people–whether in the news, in your school, or in your friend group–who are lauded for being gifted in a certain field….

Looking for a Unique Extracurricular? Try Political Campaigns

Looking for a Unique Extracurricular? Try Political Campaigns

One of the best parts of high school? Falling in love with that one extracurricular activity. For some, that activity is band, or choir, or…

How to Be Successful in College (Even if You Weren’t High School Valedictorian)

How to Be Successful in College (Even if You Weren’t High School Valedictorian)

Let me start out by saying that being the valedictorian of your high school is an incredible achievement. It is something that I strived to…

TP’s Guide to Self-Promotion in the College Application Process

TP’s Guide to Self-Promotion in the College Application Process

Applying to college is essentially like selling a product–yourself. Think of it this way: colleges want to get to know you. That’s why they have…

How to Decide Where to Volunteer in High School

How to Decide Where to Volunteer in High School

So it’s summer break, or otherwise one of those rare periods of your life where free time is in abundance, and you’ve decided you want…

What Colleges Look For, According to the Dean of Harvard

What Colleges Look For, According to the Dean of Harvard

When working on college applications, it is very easy to be focused on everything you’ve done. It’s very easy to be focused on making sure…

Op-Ed: The Pros and Cons of ‘Fluff’ Clubs in High School

Op-Ed: The Pros and Cons of ‘Fluff’ Clubs in High School

One underrated aspect of modern life: if there’s any niche you’re interested in, you can find an avenue for discussion. Sure, even in the 1950s,…

Great Advice from a Five-Time Student Group Leader Elections Loser

Great Advice from a Five-Time Student Group Leader Elections Loser

Everyone wants leadership positions. Everyone wants to have those titles to put on his or her college applications and resumes. President of this. Secretary of…

Op-Ed: “Maybe I Shouldn’t Have Quit….”

Op-Ed: “Maybe I Shouldn’t Have Quit….”

Your freshman year of high school is a great time to experiment and figure out what clubs and extracurriculars you’re interested in. Usually, people tend…

Desert Bound: My Gap Year in Arizona

Desert Bound: My Gap Year in Arizona

I originally had big plans to study political science at a prestigious university in Washington, D.C. starting in the Fall of 2012, and I wasn’t…

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