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Hi everyone, this site has been moved to http://nushscollegetalk.blogspot.com.

20 May 2009 @ 08:54 pm
Hi everyone,

I guess you might be wondering why I havent been writing much these days, instead I have just been linking articles here and there. There are 3 reasons to this:
1. I am having a writer's block! I dont know what you all want me to write about! Please post comments etc on what concerns you all have!
2. I have been busy lately with tuition. Just as this is your exam week, it is also other people's exam weeks and so all my tutees are asking me to increase the frequency of lessons for the last week. Finally the madness is over.
3. I am in the midst of shifting this blog to blogger instead, at http://nushscollegetalk.blogspot.com. Update your bookmarks! This is because blogger offers me a lot more freedom in uploading content and posting helpful links and all.

Thank you very much to the parent (see below post) who posted that comment, you gave me some ideas and I think I will write about scholarship offers in my next post. :)

And thank you to my readers who still read even after such a long hiatus of non-posts.
14 May 2009 @ 11:50 pm

This is a blog by Mr. Kevin Sim. Who's that? He is a very experienced college counsellor who used to be from NJC but is now working in RJC. He gives tips and stories about college applications and I think it's helpful! :)
12 May 2009 @ 01:01 am

I am not sure why it didnt occur to me to put this up earlier, but here at this collegeboard website you can check out college profiles at a glance.

You don't need to be a math whiz to solve this one: Who has better odds of gaining acceptance at the college that's the best match, the kid who applies to 25 schools indiscriminately or the one who applies to a carefully whittled-down list of seven?
Selling yourself to a college is easy. You just have to convince the admissions committee that you're one in 2.5 million.

That's the number of applicants that four-year schools will be sifting through this year. So let go of the notion that the fat envelope would already be in the mail if you could just crack the admissions code. "It would be a lot easier if there was a magic formula," says David duKor-Jackson, associate dean of admissions at Bucknell University, "but there isn't." There's no magic essay topic, either. Says Annalee Nissenholtz, college counselor at Ladue Horton Watkins High School in St. Louis: "If I hear about one more kid who's saving the poor...! The first kid or two who did it—they were really interesting, and then everyone heard that must be the trick. There really is no trick. It's digging deep and trying to figure out what makes you interesting."

07 May 2009 @ 11:49 am
Reed College President Colin Diver suffered writer's block. Debora Spar, president of Barnard College, wrote quickly but then toiled for hours to cut an essay that was twice as long as it was supposed to be. The assignment loomed over Wesleyan University President Michael Roth's family vacation to Disney World.

The university presidents were struggling with a task that tortures high-school seniors around the country every year: writing the college admissions essay. In a particularly competitive year for college admissions, The Wall Street Journal turned the tables on the presidents of 10 top colleges and universities with an unusual assignment: answer an essay question from their own school's application.


Members of this year's record-size high-school graduating class applied to more colleges than ever -- and now, that's resulting in a heavier than usual flurry of rejection letters.

Hundreds of students at high schools from Newton, Mass., to Palo Alto, Calif., have created cathartic "Wall of Shame" or "Rejection Wall" displays of college denial letters. On message boards at CollegeConfidential.com, students critique, attack and praise missives from various schools, elevating rejection-letter reviews to a sideline sport.
28 April 2009 @ 12:34 pm
I have done up a google map of some universities and where they are located so that you can see it at a glance.

View Universities and Locations in a larger map

or you can go to this url: http://www.google.com/maps/ms?source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&ie=UTF8&near=&split=1&msa=0&msid=106797461264975655320.00046895a8969f47dca90&ll=31.952162,-32.695312&spn=119.910492,225&z=2

You can add more universities if you want. First, save the map to your google account. Then click edit and you can type in the search box what you want to add, click the placement sign on the top left corner of the map and then click the place which you want to add.