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Researching Universities (Virtually)

SFU Reflecting Pool

Building a great list of universities (and programs) takes time, research, and a good deal of reflection. Springtime is normally a good time to start visiting campuses. This spring, not so much. A global pandemic has a way of complicating things. All is not lost.  There are plenty of ways for you to start researching…

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Gap Year: Is this the year?

Gap Year

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased number of students asking about a gap year. What is a “gap year”? Typically the term refers to a year-long break before or after college/university.  During this time, students engaged in various educational and developmental activities, such as travel, volunteering or some other type of regular work. A…

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Back-to-School: Fall Start?

Interview waiting room

Will classes be in person in the fall? That’s the question on everyone’s mind. In fact, this past week the topic received ample news coverage.  In a New York Times opinion piece, the President of Brown University suggested reopening universities should be a national priority. Quebec’s Premier announced elementary schools and day cares would re-open…

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COVID-19: A New Normal

Campus Visits

We’ve heard a lot of talk about “a new normal” post-contagion. Now that schools and universities have addressed student, faculty, and staff safety, they are refocusing attention on day-to-day operations.

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Open House 2020

Duke University

Spring is a great time to visit university campuses. It’s the season when most universities host special events for recently admitted students as well as for students seeking to narrow their options list. For many high school students, the thought of visiting university campuses conjures up feelings of anxiety. What should be enjoyable experiences, can…

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Write a Compelling Personal Statement

Teo Salgado

Personal statements are a key component of applications for graduate and professional programs. A well-written piece can help you stand out. This workshop led by Teo Salgado, was presented at the University of Toronto Mississauga on September 24, 2019. In this presentation, Teo stresses the importance of advance preparation. Eighty percent of the writing is…

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Fall Open House: 2019

Fall is a great time to visit universities. University campuses look especially beautiful dressed in autumnal colours. For many high school students, the thought of visiting university campuses conjures up feelings of anxiety. What should be enjoyable experiences, can feel like lonely fact-finding missions. One way to reduce the stress of campus visits, and to…

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Admission Processes and Timelines

Brown University Gates

ADMISSION APPLICATION OVERVIEW “Sigh … there goes another summer, Snoopy!” said Charlie Brown. While I share Charlie Brown’s sense of regret, I’m buoyed by Henry David Thoreau’s sentiment that “[o]ne must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” It’s tempting to stretch out the holidays just a bit longer, don’t…

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Checkup: Admission Preparedness

Test Prep Books

New teachers, new friends, and maybe even a fresh new pair of shoes. School is back in session. After a wonderful summer in Toronto, we’re now fully in back to school mode, too. And what do many educators like? We like lists. So we’re starting the new academic year with two checklists: one for seniors…

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