Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Special forces veteran has a strong case ]]> Lead story image

Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am a staff sergeant in a special forces unit stationed in Afghanistan and in a leadership position attached to the International Security Assistance Force. I will be applying to college this fall for classes that start in the fall of 2015. I have attached my resume for your information. You will see that I have an SAT score of 2,150 and a high school GPA of 3.5. During my five years in the military I have held leadership positions and have been offered a chance to attend Officer Candidate School. I speak Pashto and Dari and … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:07:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Admission rejections aren’t always the final word ]]> Lead story image

Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am embarrassed to say that I have been rejected by every college and university that I have applied to. I am sure that the major reason for my rejection is my low GPA. During my interview with the film school admission officer at my first choice of schools, I was told that I was among the best candidates for their film school but that there was a concern about my GPA. Although I am in a desperate situation I was told that this university allows rejected students to appeal, and I have decided to appeal their … ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:28:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jury’s out on changes to the SAT test ]]> Lead story image

Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am a parent of a high school freshman who will have to take the new SAT when she applies for college in 2017. She can take the ACT, but I am not sure whether this test or the SAT is preferred for admission to a top college. When I was preparing for college 20 years ago they preferred the SAT. With the changes in the SAT I am worried about how to prepare my daughter for the new SAT. Please advise. Dear Parent, You are quite right to be concerned about what is in store with … ]]> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 02:13:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Essays can make or break your college admissions ]]> Lead story image

Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I want to prepare a really solid college application. I know that you have said that the essays are important, but just how much weight do they carry in the admissions decision? I plan to apply to a wide range of colleges including Notre Dame, Yale, Washington University-St. Louis, Vanderbilt and Georgetown. Signed: A Junior Dear Junior, You are applying to a wide range of colleges but all are top tier schools with admission rates in the teens and with Yale University at 8 percent. Applying to any of these schools means you must leave nothing to … ]]> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:26:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Students of all ages use admissions consultant ]]> Lead story image

I was recently interviewed by a group of New York City high school students. The interview was conducted over Skype by the editor of the school’s newspaper. Following are some excerpts from that interview: Student: Why did you become a college consultant? Bradshaw: I was an alumni interviewer for Harvard for 15 years before starting a consultancy. I also tutored students for the SAT and ACT exams for friends and family members. Suddenly it dawned on me that I could put my experience to good use as a college admissions consultant. Student: And it obviously paid off. Bradshaw: My consultancy … ]]> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 06:12:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rejection letters a reality for many ]]> Lead story image

Dear Mr. Bradshaw, My application has been rejected by several top colleges and I am upset. I have a 4.250 GPA, 2,100 on the SAT, and ranked fifth in my class. I have yet to hear from schools in the Ivy League, which are even harder to gain admission to. I will probably end up going to the University of Michigan, which is my safety school. My question is, what did I do wrong? Signed: A very upset student Dear Student, College acceptances are beginning to come in for high school seniors and along with the joy of acceptance come … ]]> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 06:19:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Think hard about college choice and class selections ]]> Lead story image

Many parents are so delighted at the thought that their son or daughter stands a chance of being admitted to a top college or university that they are tempted to choose a major for the child. It is not unusual for parents to wish to see their talented son or daughter have a successful career. And there are bragging rights that go along with having a bright, motivated child, because all the years of hard work are finally paying off. Yet, students need some breathing space between doffing their high school gowns and choosing and pursuing a successful career. High … ]]> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 06:13:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bring questions of your own to college interview ]]> Lead story image

Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I have submitted all of my college applications and have been contacted by several schools about schedule interviews. I am nervous about these meetings and want to be prepared. Any advice? Signed, Student Dear Student, Being nervous is normal. The person conducting your interview will want to find out things about you that are not included in your application and your essays. Turn the tables on the interviewer. You should make a list of questions you want answers to and you need to interview the interviewer. This is your opportunity to get “inside” information that you will … ]]> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 12:34:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ High schools play role in Ivy League acceptance ]]> Lead story image

Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I hear rumors that my chances of getting admitted to an Ivy League college may depend upon what high school I attended. Do Ivy League schools take more applicants from certain high schools over others? And, if so, which high schools have the advantage? Signed, Hopeful Ivy Leaguer Dear Hopeful, You are right when you say that where you attended high school may have a major impact on your chances of getting admitted to the Ivy League or other top colleges such as Stanford and the University of Chicago. The successful sending high schools are typically called … ]]> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 09:54:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ No time to waste: Application deadline looms large ]]> Lead story image

Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am applying to 15 colleges and most of them have Jan. 1, 2014, deadlines. Do you have any advice about how to prioritize the application process? Signed, Student Dear Student, College application deadlines seem to creep up on you, don’t they? When you started filling out your applications in early August, I am sure that you thought there would be more than enough time to complete them with ease. Here you are only a few weeks away from the deadline and you realize that there is still a lot of work left to do — not … ]]> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:03:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ How to market yourself to get  into top school for MBA program ]]> Lead story image

Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am a college political science major who is hoping to pursue an MBA at a top school. Since it is difficult to gain admission to the best programs I would like your advice about what I can do to give myself an edge. Is there anything in particular that will make me stand out or is admission only based upon GPA and GMAT scores? Signed, Hopeful MBA Dear Hopeful MBA, You are right, in that top grades and test scores are still the gold standard for admission to a top MBA program at schools like Harvard, … ]]> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:18:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tips for college interviews ]]> Lead story image

Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am a senior in high school preparing for my college interviews. Harvard will interview me next week and I am nervous about what to say or the best way to answer questions. Do you have any advice that might help? Signed: Student Dear Student, Having interviewed applicants to Harvard College for 15 years before starting Bradshaw College Consulting, I do know a thing or two about what top colleges are looking for. Your concerns and anxieties are quite normal because the interview can make or break a student’s chances for admission. It will not, however, overcome … ]]> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:36:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Geography factor in admissions ]]> Lead story image

Dear Mr. Bradshaw, Do you have some tips about how I can get admitted to a top college? I know that good grades and test scores mean more to Harvard and Stanford than to colleges that do not require SAT or ACT scores. Aside from that what can I do to gain a few percentage points in my favor with an admissions committee? Signed, High School Junior Dear Junior, This is an important question that many students do not take into consideration when preparing college applications. Most students focus on grades, test scores and extracurricular activities, but there is a … ]]> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 12:04:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Start preparing son now ]]> Lead story image

Dear Mr. Bradshaw I am the father of a 12-year-old boy who will be graduating from high school in six years. So far his academic record is rather average. I would like your advice about how to motivate him and enhance his chances of being admitted to a top college. Moreover, I would like to know how soon we should start working to improve his student profile. Signed: Parent Dear Parent, You are right to start thinking about preparation for college while he still has the opportunity to shape his academic future. Seventh- and eighth-grade are platform years. They prepare … ]]> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 06:14:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Planning ahead key to avoiding application anxiety ]]> Lead story image

Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am watching my sister go crazy filling out college applications, writing essays and getting recommendations. She literally cries herself to sleep at night thinking she will not get everything completed before the deadlines. I am a sophomore planning on applying to top colleges such as Harvard and Stanford, but I do not want to face the same anxiety when I am a senior. Can you offer advice on how to handle the pressure? Signed: Student. Dear Student, You need to plan ahead. The key to coping with pressure is how you manage your time. Colleges like … ]]> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 06:10:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Teens share thoughts on adapting to high school ]]> Lead story image

I received a number of comments about my last column, which dealt with the sometimes difficult transition students experience between eighth and ninth grades. As expected, some students adapted better than others. Surprisingly, in equal numbers, both the boys and girls thought that they had similar experiences and few of the respondents admitted to having a particularly difficult time making the adjustment. I will quote from two students who made comments that I believe may be helpful to readers for this column. One young lady in the tenth grade thought the whole process of starting high school was an exciting … ]]> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 06:09:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ In high school, social pressure is huge ]]> Lead story image

Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am a female starting ninth grade this fall. I got straight A grades in middle school and I want to go to a good college after I graduate. What do I need to be prepared for as I enter my freshman year in high school? Signed: Ninth-grader Dear Ninth-grader, First of all let me congratulate you for doing so well in middle school. Middle school is typically seen as a critical foundation for ninth grade. But, even though you did well academically, students typically find their freshman year brings a whole new set of challenges that … ]]> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:43:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Start early on music school application process ]]> Lead story image

Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am applying to study at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Do you have any advice about how I should go about putting together my application? I play the trumpet and have hopes of becoming a professional musician. Signed: Musician Dear Musician, Both the Eastman and the Jacobs schools of music are competitive and require the applicant to provide extensive information about their academic and musical background that reaches far beyond the normal material that a student must provide for a general college admissions application. … ]]> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 06:20:48 -0500