Although we enjoyed a bit of a slower pace during the break, we were still pretty busy! We added passionate and dedicated faculty to our team – Sammi Sicherman joins us as an academic director and Sharmin Uddin will help ensure that operations are running smoothly at the office. This exceptional leadership team is rounded out by our outstanding instructors!
We are also tremendously excited to announce our new Comprehensive Reading Instruction program led by trained reading specialists. After years of working with students on writing and reading comprehension, we are now supporting emerging and struggling readers. Our new program will:
I invite you to connect with us to learn about our programs and meet our new staff!
If I were ever to develop a soundtrack for my life, I would choose "Waiting for Love" by Avicii to embody my academic experience. No, I’m not waiting to find a boyfriend in class, before assumptions are made. But humbly requesting that the interpretation of these lyrics beyond the scope of love between two persons, instead, to a love of the journey of one. The first and most impactful line of the song to me is: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way/kind of beautiful;" later, the bridge continues, elucidating the ebbs and flows of a difficult process framed by the days of the week: “Monday left me broken/ Tuesday I was through with hoping/ Wednesday my empty arms were open/ Thursday waiting for love.” I would say this aptly depicts my own relationship with academia, and it may describe yours as well. As I have, you may experience setbacks—even failures—in your education that cause you to lose hope or determination, but keep focused on that opening line: where there's a will, there's a way.
I'm currently in my second year of a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, where I research cross-cultural differences in symptom manifestation of certain disorders, with a concentration on the Haitian culture. The devastation of the January 2010 Haiti Earthquake gave impetus to this interest; I wanted to assist those affected. In choosing mental health as the avenue through which to provide assistance, I certainly took the road less traveled, as primary care is often prioritized over the psychological needs of post-disaster populations. Because mental health is often met with very little concern or complete dismissal, I had a great deal of trouble finding anyone devoted to my research interest. The global aid community’s presence in the wake of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, however, was unparalleled. Countries from East and West and organizations big and small were represented. I am eternally grateful for their aid to Haiti.
Despite the influx of aid to the country, however, I couldn’t help but notice the desperate need of earthquake survivors for psychological support and the gap in such treatment. I began my journey toward contributing to that gap’s closure through first seeking out a mentor at my undergraduate university; no luck. I then extended the breadth of my search to local universities. Still, I found very little opportunity as an undergraduate. Now my pursuit of this research interest could have ended here—it would have made sense to stop here, in fact—but I'm so grateful it did not. More than a year later, I would find that the aforementioned mantra rang truer than ever before; there was a will, and thus there was a way.
Through reaching beyond the scope of my comfort zone for opportunities that would point me in the right direction, I found the perfect fit with the National Science Foundation. Connected with a mentor whose research interests aligned almost seamlessly with my own, I was able to assist the Haitian population in the way I had hoped. This opportunity opened the floodgates for other invaluable connections, experiences and lessons learned. Despite the discouragement of that first year, persistence and hope sustained push me to exactly where I needed to be. I expect these ingredients will yield the same results for you.
A student asks: Everyone is getting ready to take the SATs, but I’ve heard that some students score higher on the ACT and others on the SAT. Which test should I take?
Answer: It is great to hear that you are thinking about which test will be a better fit for you. We’ll start by saying that there is no one test you must take – most colleges accept both exams – so it is your choice to make. There is a lot of information out there about the differences between the tests and the types of tests suitable for specific exam takers. However, the most important consideration is which test is right for you based on results and how the tests feel. If you haven’t already, take a diagnostic in as realistic conditions as possible. Compare the results of the tests as well as which exam feels easier, which experience causes less stress, and how you feel about the time constraints of each exam. Pick the test that feels the most comfortable and start prepping!
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A parent asks: When should my child begin preparing for the SAT and/or ACT?
Answer: The first decision that you need to make is figuring out the date your child will take the test. We offer a host of programs that meet every student’s needs – ranging from 11-33 weeks before the test. You’ll want to get a head start by having your child utilize his/her summer before junior year. But if your child is able to effectively manage his/her academic work and extracurricular activities while balancing test prep, then selecting a program leading up to January, March, or the May SAT test would be best. To learn more about our test prep services and see which programs work best for your child, click here!
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