Radio Show – Summer Jobs

Our weekly segment with Eli Bravo on Actualidad 1020 AM regarding summer jobs and how they can support your college admissions process. Sorry folks, only EN ESPANOL…

Nuestro segmento radial con Eli Bravo en Actualidad 1020 AM Circuito Union Radio, esta semana comentando acerca de pasantias laborales para futuros aplicantes universitarios, como afecta haber realizado una pasantia en las admisiones universitarias…

Trabajos de Verano y Admisiones Universitarias – Como afecta a los aplicantes


Taking Advantage of your Summer

Internships and other ways to make a use of your summer vacation

By Claudine Vainrub

Gone are the days when summer vacation time was solely used for going to the beach, being lazy and relaxing around the house. With the competition evident in the college admissions race, it pays off to think about doing something more useful with your time of leisure.

Preparing for the college admissions race requires a lot of time and effort. However, it does not mean that high school students should deprive themselves from taking time off to relax from their daily routines. Recharging batteries for the next year of their high school education is as important as working towards their mid-term goals. However, there are many advantages to doing something useful also during the summer, and taking advantage of this time to learn new things in different environments can prove rewarding in many ways.

Taking on a summer job occupation can support your college goals by:

1-      Proving that you are a hard worker, willing to go the extra mile to show others that you are committed to your goals

2-      Providing the opportunity to experience a field of work you have interest in. This can also help you really know with more certainty if the industry which you are trying out and also the profession you are reviewing meet your expectations in terms of interests, career wants and needs. Most of the times, third party opinions are not as valid as making your own opinion regarding an occupation by having “been there, done that”

3-      Gain a leadership opportunity by undertaking a special assignment in your work environment, and completing it before the summer’s end. This will not only have the potential of becoming a great life lesson in completing tasks, time management and results delivery, but also, you will be making a difference for the affected group of people, and maybe even leaving a legacy

4-      Keeping your mind going throughout the summer, as opposed to getting lazy and becoming passive in your life. Living at a slower pace is sometimes needed, however, when doing so for long periods of time, it can be counterproductive, and you can easily form bad habits that stick. Maintaining a balanced level of activity during the summer is useful and beneficial your any high school student

5-      Providing opportunities for creative thinking as you go outside your bubble to learn about something completely different from what you devote yourself on a daily basis

6-       Experiencing new things that can lead to analysis on your career, goals and future

From the college admissions process perspective, taking on an internship, thinking creatively about what to do during the summer, and taking new action can become very rewarding for you as an applicant. The admissions committees of colleges and universities throughout the U.S. look for individuals that can contribute to the classes by bringing their own insight, initiative and creativity.

Every day more, classes become participative, leaving the lecture format almost entirely in a class of the old and discontinued ways to teach. With the more modern teaching methodologies such as case study, team projects and even cold-calling to enhance class participation, student input becomes invaluable to enrich instruction and the classroom experience as a whole. This is why colleges seek leaders, students with diverse experiences that will bring their own perspectives and thought processes to the discussions to take them to the next level.

To become a contributor of this class experience, we must seek new experiences that encourage creative and analytical thinking. The summer is the perfect time to seek these adventures, which will make a difference to us as individuals, and to the ones surrounding us, as we inspire them to think differently and profoundly about new topics in mind. Work and obligation can be fun too, especially when choosing a career you love. If you missed, the experience was also good as you might have saved yourself from studying for four years about an area you would not directly use in your professional future.

Here are some ideas of interesting summer internships:

1-      If you are a tennis/baseball/other sports player: Opening a tennis/baseball/sports league for underprivileged kids

2-      If you are an actor/singer/musician: Producing an amateur musical play or drama

3-      If you are good in sciences and interested in pre-med: Shadowing a doctor for a month

4-      Any student at all: Developing a small non-profit organization to support a specific cause (does not need to become large or raise large amounts of money)

5-      If you are interested in international relations, languages and other related fields: Forming an organization to cater under-served populations tutoring them in Spanish

6-      If you are interested in finance: Joining a bank, developing and executing a program to open small loans for lower income individuals and their small businesses.

With a little creativity and passion for a specific occupation, your summer can end up being so much more than expected, opening your eyes to new horizons and changing your life forever. Get ready to jump out of the couch and work to make your dreams a reality.

Florida College Fair

College Fair for Private Colleges and Universities of Florida

Date: May 11, 2010

Time: 6:00-8:00pm


Lynn University

Louis and Anne Green Center for the Expressive Arts

3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton

Information sessions on Financial Aid and other resources for College and Graduate School Candidates of private colleges and universities of Florida.

Participating Institutions:

Barry University, Beacon College, Eckerd College, Embry-Riddle, Flagler College, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida Southern College, Jacksonville University, Johnson and Wales University, Lynn University, Northwood University, Nova Southeastern University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Ringling College, Rollins College, Saint Leo University, St, Thomas University, Stetson University, University of Miami, University of Tampa, Warner University

Amazing Resources for Job Seekers

Here is an article by Katheryn Rivas I am sure you will find very useful to enhance your job search…

Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn, Stanford

Seeking Admission to Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, Duke University or Georgetown University? Read on…

Learn all about these amazing schools, and what they have to offer here if Florida or in many other places throughout the U.S. The Presentation is called “Exploring College Options”, here is the complete information…

Exploring College Options is a special recruitment program sponsored by the undergraduate admissions offices of five of the country’s leading universities: Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University. During the spring or fall of each year, the Exploring College Options group will visit all 50 states, Puerto Rico, USVI and the District of Columbia. At each event, representatives from the five universities will conduct brief slide presentations about their institution and answer your questions about the sometimes-mystifying world of college admissions. You will learn what distinguishes one fine university from another, what competitive colleges look for in the selection process, and what you can do to enhance your college application.

The programs start promptly at 7:30pm, so we suggest arriving 15 to 20 minutes beforehand to complete the sign-in process and find a seat. Programs typically last one and a half hours. Please feel free to bring your parent or guardian to the program, and if you have a friend who you think might be interested, please direct him/her to this website for registration information.


Information Sessions In Florida

Miami, FL

Wednesday, May 12, 7:30PM

Miami Marriott Dadeland

9090 S. Dadeland Boulevard

Miami, FL 33156



Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Thursday, May 13, 7:30PM

Renaissance Ft. Lauderdale

1230 South Pine Island Road

Plantation, FL 33324


For more sessions click HERE

Miami, FL

Wednesday, May 12, 7:30PM

Miami Marriott Dadeland

9090 S. Dadeland Boulevard

Miami, FL 33156


Ft Lauderdale, FL

Thursday, May 13, 7:30PM

Renaissance Ft. Lauderdale

1230 South Pine Island Road

Plantation, FL 33324


The 4-Year Plan

Implications of Not Having One for College Admissions

Planning is of the essence in high school years, especially if interested in opening doors forward. The flexibility allowed by the high school curriculum throughout the U.S. can have a downside – if we do not plan ahead what courses we will need to take in the four years of high school, we might be closing opportunities without even knowing it. The creation of a 4-Year Plan is what solves this dilemma, ensuring we know what we as students stand against, in the race for college admissions.

One of the great privileges of the U.S. education system is its flexibility towards students, leaving room for teenagers to learn about their likes and dislikes, and allowing them to begin focusing on areas of interest at an early age – precisely in the 7th grade. Middle school students already can choose and pick areas in which they have excelled, and gain selection to more rigorous courses.

When arriving to the high school years, graduation prerequisites are not even remotely close to what an average to high-performing student would want to take. They are much less so, and leave room for students to seek further development taking more than the required courses. With electives being one part of the curriculum, these courses also need to be planned ahead, to ensure that course workload will be manageable for students and also, help students to go places and thrive.

A 4-Year Plan is the instrument that will help you assess educational opportunities in high school, and also ensure you will meet requirements to enter top institutions throughout the U.S. If we look closely to institutions of the highest reputation, including Princeton University, Harvard University and University of Pennsylvania, for example, we see among their prerequisites for admissions that they ask high school students to have completed Calculus, for example, by their senior year. Have we thought about what it takes in order to complete Calculus in the senior year of high school? There is a sequence that a student has to go through in order to achieve this goal. First, the student must have completed Algebra 1, then Algebra 2, then Geometry, then Pre-Calculus, to finally be eligible to enroll in the Calculus class. Making the plan of when each course will be taken by the student is what is called the 4-Year Plan.

In the Plan, we want to understand available courses in our high school, and also, student academic aptitude. A mistake would be to just take under consideration the goals in terms of college admissions. Each student is their own world, unique, with competencies different to other students in similar positions. Thus, it is important to make sure to understand what are his/her strengths and weaknesses prior to designing the combination of courses the student will register for. To understand their competencies, it is important is to ask their teachers in previous courses of the same subject area regarding their assessment of the student’s proficiency in the course. Their opinion can be highly valuable as they should understand the rigor required in future courses well enough to help the student make the right decision, and not strain themselves.

Colleges throughout seek students that want to work hard and have the capability to do so. One way of proving to a college that you are the type of student that will push yourself while keeping a reality check, is by enrolling in Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses. These courses not only teach at a higher level of difficulty, APs can earn you college credit, thus saving you money towards your college education. Often times, APs can be found even at a freshman level in high school. Having the opportunity to take an AP class in your first year of high school can offer a great advantage, as you are already accumulating extra points towards your weighted GPA, and working towards demonstrating that you are at an advantageous academic level. We find many students trying to fit as many AP courses as possible in their junior year, when they realize that what they took was not enough to really have a great impact on the GPA. This could result in poor grades in many courses, having a bad effect in the GPA, as opposed to the original intentions of raising the GPA and proving academic competitiveness.

The 4-Year Plan does not have to be set in stone, it can change throughout the years. However, it is advantageous to know in what direction you are heading, in order to make sure you don’t miss out on available opportunities. Making a smart plan and following it as closely as possible will help you open doors with colleges throughout. In college admissions, it pays to plan ahead.

Florida College Fair

To our students who love Florida schools, here is a great opportunity…

CollegeWeekLive is proud to announce CollegeWeekLive FLORIDA DAY, the first online college fair devoted entirely to schools in Florida! CollegeWeekLive FLORIDA DAY takes place May 6th from 12 PM to 10 PM Eastern: Register now for free.

At CollegeWeekLive FLORIDA DAY, students can chat live with admissions reps from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Florida State University, Lynn University, Miami Dade College, Nova Southeastern University, Rollins College, Saint Leo University, Saint Thomas University, Stetson University, University of Florida, University of Miami, University of South Florida, University of Tampa and more!

Students can also participate in online presentations covering Florida related topics.

Mark your calendar on May 6th to attend this free online event at