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How one SoCal District is Giving Students the Power of Storytelling

[fa icon="calendar'] May 26, 2016 5:00:00 AM / by Story2 posted in storytelling, College

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By Story2 Staff
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The way writing currently is taught is fundamentally flawed.

The issue is often most visible when it comes to preparing students for college admissions. Students lack a framework to advocate for themselves in all the admissions essays required to cross the bridge from high school to college.

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What to Hang in Your Coalition Application Locker

[fa icon="calendar'] May 25, 2016 3:00:00 AM / by Komel Caruso posted in College, college planning, Coalition Application

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  1. By Komel Caruso, Chief Connector, Story2
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Telah is busy with improv. It’s his passion. She started the Improv Club at Smithfield High School and travels to local shows with her troupe to perform. Recordings of the shows have been viewed a few thousand times on YouTube, and her social media accounts have been overflowing with support. But this hasn’t interfered with her solid GPA and love for chemistry. Once a week she meets with an advisor after school to go over her independent study research project. Telah is submitting the project for additional high school credit and for official review from nearby Brown University, where she plans on applying to next year.  

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What to Write for the Coalition Application Essay Prompts

[fa icon="calendar'] May 20, 2016 4:00:00 AM / by Michael Crawford posted in essay, admission essay, Coalition Application

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  1. By Michael Crawford, Director of Coaching, Courses and Curriculum, Story2
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If you’re applying to college next year, now is the time to build your portfolio -- and your story.

The focus of college admissions discussions is shifting towards building solid, strong people, and, slowly but surely, the criteria for admission are shifting as well. Though hard stats like GPA and SAT and ACT scores still matter, there is an increasing emphasis on the trajectory of your high school journey, your unique independent work, and your journey of self-discovery.

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How Storytelling Makes the Difference with Admissions Officers

[fa icon="calendar'] May 11, 2016 4:00:00 AM / by Michael Crawford posted in storytelling, Essays, college essay

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By Michael Crawford, Director of Coaching, Courses and Curriculum, Story2
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I recently read an article about a student who was accepted to all of the colleges he applied to, after raising his SAT score 720 points to a perfect 2,400.

The author, Brian Henge, describes the scene:

“A few weeks later when the results arrived, the entire family (including James) couldn’t believe that he had scored a perfect score of 2,400! The rest was history. James was accepted into all the schools that he applied to (including most of the Ivy Leagues) and chose[sic] Stanford for the Computer Science program (but of course my wife likes to believe the he chose Stanford to be closer to her).”

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Supermoms, Give Your Child the Power of Their own Story

[fa icon="calendar'] May 6, 2016 12:42:05 PM / by Komel Caruso posted in Essays, admissions

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  1. By Komel Caruso, Chief Revenue Officer, Story2
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My daughter Sanaah began the high school admissions process last fall. She was applying to 3 high schools and had to write 18 essays.  She was overwhelmed. I was overwhelmed.

Sanaah was crying at the kitchen table, looking at a blank computer screen and flipping through pieces of paper with writing prompts. “Mom, I can’t do this!” she said. She ran upstairs to her room.

I was working at Kaplan and knew what it was like to help students get into high school and college, but it was now my child - suddenly I  became a parent who did not know what to do or how to help.

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