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All Ivy League Colleges Are Test Optional for Fall 2022

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / February 14, 2021 / 0 Comments
Since every Ivy League college—Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Brown, Columbia, Barnard*, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, and Cornell—extended their test-optional policies to include Fall 2022 admissions, current high school Class of 2022 juniors will not be obligated to submit SAT or ACT…
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All California State Universities Are Test Blind for Fall 2022

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / March 1, 2021 / 0 Comments
The following is the emailed response from the California State University (CSU) Chancellor’s Office in relation to our Open Letter to California State University Chancellor Castro, asking for clarification about the CSU Fall 2022 testing policy. Of note: Dr. Grommo,…

Common Application Prompts to Change for Fall 2022 Admissions

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / March 3, 2021 / 0 Comments
A new 650 word Common Application (bolded in the list below) essay prompt is being added for Fall 2022 admissions, as a replacement for one prompt being “retired”.  Regardless of any prompt chosen, I recommend to avoid approaching the college…

More About Test-Optional Admissions

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / August 10, 2021 / 0 Comments
We’ve abruptly and unequivocally changed the rules of college admissions for all expected-to-attend-college Gen Z’ers and, by extension, their parents, precipitating wide-ranging reactions. But, all reactions are underpinned by what one university administrator recently shared in a Maguire Associates survey: …

AP Exam Scores Challenged

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / July 29, 2020 / 0 Comments
After students received their May 2020 Advanced Placement (AP) scores in mid-July 2020, many were distressed to earn scores less than expected, and now, with their parents’ support, are appealing their scores. Student’s disappointment about their scores simply compounds an…
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Can I Change My 650 Word Common Application Essay After Submitting It?

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / November 8, 2020 / 0 Comments
Updated: November 2020 from the original posted in July 2018 The short answer is yes…with an *.  [See Below] But, like any life-impacting decision, the short answer doesn’t account for the complexities of choosing a college.  And, the last three…

Dear Teachers Who Write Letters of Recommendation

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / August 24, 2021 / 0 Comments
Thank you for writing numerous letters every year, often an extra duty added to an already lengthy list of duties.  When teaching, it took me a while to figure out how to write a letter of recommendation, piecing together advice…
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Four Year Colleges Still Accepting Fall 2021 Applications

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / May 3, 2021 / 0 Comments
The National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) published their annual “College Openings Update”, a database of four year US universities which are still accepting applications for the upcoming school year. Thus, for students interested in attending a four year…
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Guest Post: 3 Easy steps to building healthy money habits with your children!

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / September 2, 2021 / 0 Comments
Although intended for families with younger children, Jessica Weaver’s advice to help kids become financially literate applies to teenagers as well. Inherent to financial literacy is defining one’s values, which is an essential tool for teens and families reduce the…

“The Three D’s: Death, Disease & Divorce”

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / October 9, 2013 / 0 Comments
When beginning to write college application essays, students often worry about having lived an “ordinary” life, under the assumption that a dramatic event is a compelling topic to persuade college admissions officers.   A few years back, a stressed-out Senior, with…

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