Art is great, and good for you too! Here

Art is great, and good for you too! Here’s scientific proof. http://mic.com/articles/106504/science-shows-that-art-is-having-fantastic-effects-on-our-brains-and-bodies

#Princeton U. to Give Students Meningiti

#Princeton U. to Give Students Meningitis B Vaccine, recommended by CDC after 7th case last week. #ABC News http://ow.ly/qXtWb

#PrincetonUniversity sees slight increas

#PrincetonUniversity sees slight increase in #EarlyAction applications after #CommonApp glitches. #DailyPrincetonian http://ow.ly/qXtGR

Cornell Extends Regular Deadline for App

Cornell Extends Regular Deadline for Apps to Jan 9, Adds New Application Platform | The Sun http://ow.ly/qXtqj

Collegiate Gateway: Our Philosophy

Collegiate Gateway is founded on the belief that college is a significant life experience that benefits from knowledgeable, individualized planning. As college and career counselors, we are dedicated to providing each student with personalized, dedicated and expert guidance to help them realize their educational potential and achieve their professional goals.

 

An Individualized Approach

We begin working with students and their parents as early as 8th or 9th grade to develop a knowledgeable, in-depth relationship. By working with a student throughout their high school career, we gain a true understanding of each student’s individual strengths, talents, interests and preferences. We use this foundational knowledge to help guide and inform families, and help students to discover and explore new passions. As certified Master Practitioners of the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory, we can help students not only to identify innate personality, strengths and interests, but to become aware of their own preferred styles of learning, decision-making, communication, teamwork and leadership. We design an individualized college plan for each student – from choosing “best-fit” colleges to developing personal essay topics to representing themselves effectively in the interview process – that is uniquely suited to helping him or her to succeed.

 

Integrated Services, Holistic Perspective

 We take an integrated and holistic approach, offering a full array of college consulting services specially designed to help you make the most informed college decisions possible. Our services begin with high school planning, which includes identifying the most appropriate courses and activities to enable each student to reach his or her full potential. From there, we guide students through every step of the process, from determining the most appropriate colleges to visit, to overseeing the essay and application process, to making the final college choice! Every aspect of the application is optimized and coordinated – including supplementary materials and recommendations – to strengthen each student’s candidacy for admission. We also provide additional specialty services, and have a wealth of experience consulting high school students on math, science and social science research projects and national competitions, such as the Intel Science Talent Search. We often continue to work with students throughout college as well, providing guidance on majors, internships, employment, and study abroad programs. We also advise on graduate and professional school admissions, as well as career paths.

 

Expert Knowledge

We believe that expert guidance requires expert knowledge!  We attend national conferences of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association) and NACAC (National Association of College Admission Counselors), where we share information with colleagues and admissions officers. Additionally, we travel throughout the country to visit (and re-visit) colleges and graduate school programs. We meet with admissions officers, students and faculty in order to maintain up-to-date knowledge of higher education institutions’ admissions priorities, campus culture and academic programs. As a result, we can present students and parents with an informed selection of colleges and grad schools that meet their needs and preferences, and can advise on all aspects of the admissions process. 

 

Accessibility

In order to provide truly personalized services, accessibility and responsiveness throughout the process is essential. We work through ongoing in-person, videochat, phone and email consultations with students and parents. To that end, we use the latest technology to provide clients with access to valuable information, and to make our collaboration as efficient as possible. Current clients can login to their own Student Portal, which enables students to keep track of action plans, college lists and standardized testing; and to explore a multitude of college information resources. In addition, clients can schedule appointments online. Collegiate Gateway also has an established social media presence on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Follow us and check out our blog and newsletter, Collegiate Courier, for the latest news about college, graduate school and careers.   

To find out more about our services, or to schedule an initial phone call or appointment, please visit www.collegiategateway.com

How Your Personality Type Influences Your Decisions and Career

Introduction to MBTI Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator.  For high school and college students, knowing your personality type can help you understand your strengths and challenges, as well as your preferred styles of learning, conflict management, leadership, teamwork, and personal relationships. Knowing your type can help you select courses, extracurricular activities, and summer plans. It can even help you improve your study habits!

The MBTI is the leading personality assessment tool in the world. The MBTI is based on the research of psychoanalyst Carl Jung, who first theorized that individuals are born with a personality type that is independent of culture, circumstance or family influence. This assessment tool indicates your innate type, and does not measure intelligence, aptitude or maturity.

Your unique MBTI type represents your preferences on four personality scales:

Preference Scale Measures:
Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I) Source of Energy and Stimulation
Sensing (S) or Intuition (N) Ways of Perceiving and Taking in Information
Thinking (T) or Feeling (F) Ways of Deciding and Evaluating Information
Judgment (J) or Perception (P) Lifestyle Preferences

There are 16 distinct personality types that result from the interaction of these four dimensions, for example ENFJ or ISTP.  Each type has a unique way of seeing the world and interacting with the world, with correspondingly different interests, reactions, values, motivations and skills.

 The Influence of Personality on How You Make Decisions.  The first and last letters of your MBTI can help you to become aware of how you make decisions themselves; your decision-making strengths, as well as your decision making challenges. These dimensions govern, for example, the way you might explore potential courses and majors. EJ types, for example, are often considered the most decisive: they want to choose a path quickly and proceed toward their goals. They seek to develop a sense of purpose, and will proceed methodically and efficiently in that direction. At the other end of the spectrum are the IP types, who wait to make a decision until they can consider all the options available to them. They often change their minds, and prefer that way; for them, a career path is an ongoing journey.

Being aware of your decision making style can help you to make decisions at your pace, as well as help you to avoid the pitfalls associated with each type. The EJs for example, may run into trouble if they make a decision too quickly, and only later realize they do not possess the skill-sets or interests necessary in their chosen field; sometimes EJs need to slow down and collect more information. IPs, on the other hand, sometimes need to push themselves to make a decision, lest they slip into a pattern of hesitation and uncertainty.

The “Heart” of Personality Type and the Impact on Your Career Choices.  The two middle letters of your type are considered “the heart of type” and are known as your “functions.” They represent the way you gather information, and then use that information to make decisions.  This interaction is particularly indicative, as it often correlates with specific fields of study. And while it is important to note that each type can be successful in any career or field or study, knowing which areas tend to correlate most with your type may help guide your journey through high school, college… and life!  For example:

  • People who have an “ST” personality type use the Sensing function to gather information and the Thinking function to make decisions.  STs are often the most practical and hands on types, excelling as engineers and accountants, or pursuing a skilled trade.
  • People who have an “NF” personality type use the Intuition function to gather information and the Feeling function to make decisions.  NFs may tend toward creative professions in art, music and writing, or may make use of their emotional awareness as counselors and educators.

How to Understand Your Personality Type.  Verifying and interpreting your MBTI personality type requires a consultation with a Certified Practitioner.  Collegiate Gateway works closely with clients to integrate the knowledge gleaned about personality and interests to help clients tap into their strengths and preferences to achieve their personal, educational and career goals.

You Are What You Tweet: The Role of Social Media in College Admissions

Social media has become ingrained in nearly every aspect of society, playing a role in everything from mass marketing campaigns to career networking. Now, unsurprisingly, it’s playing a larger and larger role in the college admissions process – from researching and communicating with potential colleges, right down to a student’s admissions profile. And with the right approach, an informed student can use this trend to his or her advantage. Who would’ve guessed that spending more time on Facebook would actually help you get into college!

Colleges are increasingly using social media to recruit applicants. According to a recent study by the Center for Marketing Research, 78% percent of admissions officers surveyed reported that social media tools have changed the way they recruit potential students, and that 86 percent of surveyed schools plan to increase investments in these tools during the next year.

The reason? The first is the widely recognized reality that many students practically live online, and many use social media as a primary means of searching out and obtaining news. Having a presence on social media allows colleges to participate in the discussion when students are deciding where to apply and enroll. The other reason is more practical in nature – social media is both less expensive and, in some cases, more effective than the traditional media of print, television, and radio.

Admissions officers engage students through social media.  As a result, students should not shy away from extending their research of potential colleges to Twitter and Facebook. Many colleges routinely post about everything from campus and student life to admissions information. Moreover, so do many individual admissions officers. MIT’s Director of Admissions Matt McGann has an extremely informative blog and Twitter feed. Engaging with colleges on social media can greatly enhance your knowledge of what attending would actually be like, and can inform your decisions about whether to apply, and later, whether to enroll.

Not to mention that doing so can be extremely entertaining.  For example, Tuft’s Dan Grayson, a self-proclaimed “Karaoke Master/Admissions Officer/Eater of Everything, boasts a lively Twitter feed, and frequently updated blog on which he posts on subjects ranging from admissions deadlines to internet memes. He also, on January 1st of this year, conducted a helpful and informative AMA (“Ask Me Anything,” a live, conversational forum on Reddit, a social news site) to answer last minute questions, and generally, chat. Additionally, many colleges and universities set up Facebook groups for admitted students. Be sure, when you’re admitted, to join and engage!

Students can use social media to strengthen chances of admission. Social media engagement, however, goes both ways. Students should be aware that, just as they’re examining colleges’ social media profiles, colleges are increasingly examining theirs. According to a recent survey conducted by Kaplan, 27% of admissions officers checked Google and 26% looked on Facebook as part of their applicant-review process. A full 35% of those doing so reported finding material that negatively impacted their view of a student.  It would be wise for students to take steps to appropriately manage their social media presence during the process. This means carefully reviewing (and, if necessary, censoring) all material posted to Facebook and Twitter.

On the flip side, students have the opportunity to enhance their admissions chances by adding content to profiles that will make a positive impression and present aspects of yourself that you’d like colleges to be aware of. For example, a student might consider posting that album of photos from last summer’s community service trip. Or a student could create a website to promote his or her start-up business — of repairing computers, performing magic or making movies – and thereby illustrate entrepreneurial skills. And while social media won’t make or break an application, it can help to bring a student’s application to life, and help admissions officers get a better sense of the person they’re admitting.

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