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Admissions

The Spike Lab’s College Admissions Results 2021

The Spike Lab’s College Admissions Results 2021 1000 1000 Xueying Chen

Congratulations to all of our high school seniors in the Class of 2021 on their college acceptances this year! You did it!

How To Write A Stellar High School Resume

How To Write A Stellar High School Resume 1000 1000 Charlene Chiu

Struggling to write your first resume as a high school student? Check out this guide on how to craft one for an internship or college app.

CollegeBoard Cancels SAT Subject Tests: An Opportunity for Students

CollegeBoard Cancels SAT Subject Tests: An Opportunity for Students 1000 675 Charlene Chiu

CollegeBoard is discontinuing the SAT Subject Tests and the optional SAT essay. Here’s what students can do with their extra time.

Finding Purpose: A Four Step Process for Teens

Finding Purpose: A Four Step Process for Teens 1000 1000 Lloyd Nimetz

The best process for developing purpose is through action, a purpose project that we call a Spike. This process is more an art than a science, but we liken it to a very simple 4-step framework that our students follow.

Beyond TSL: Monica’s College Journey

Beyond TSL: Monica’s College Journey 940 788 Xueying Chen

Several weeks ago, our featured student and TSL alum Monica spoke with us about how her Spike project experience has opened opportunities for her in college.

The Biggest Changes to This Year’s College Application Season (COVID-19 Edition)

The Biggest Changes to This Year’s College Application Season (COVID-19 Edition) 1000 1000 Larry Liu

Colleges are being forced to rapidly innovate a holistic admissions process that hasn’t been changed in years, all due to COVID-19. Universities and applicants both face significant uncertainty. In this post, we expand upon the issues fueling this uncertainty and how seniors can effectively navigate the upcoming application cycle ahead.

This Summer Is the Perfect Time to Launch a Spike

This Summer Is the Perfect Time to Launch a Spike 538 476 Lloyd Nimetz

If you’re laboring away trying to figure out what to do this summer, labor no more; build a Spike. It’s the most fun, developmentally challenging and rewarding way for teens to spend their summer AND it’s pandemic proof!

How to Stand Out to Colleges When Tests are Optional

How to Stand Out to Colleges When Tests are Optional 1000 675 Theo Wolf

It’s impossible to know precisely how these shifts will affect college admissions, but one thing is certain: academics are going to play the smallest role they have ever played. As admissions officers have less and less confidence in their traditional measures of student aptitude, they are going to look more and more to the untraditional. Spikes will be more important than ever.

Announcing our 2020 Admissions Results

Announcing our 2020 Admissions Results 1280 459 Theo Wolf

We are proud to announce the results from our students in the class of 2020. These students worked extraordinarily hard over the…

A Guide to Navigating COVID-19 for Parents of College-Bound Teenagers

A Guide to Navigating COVID-19 for Parents of College-Bound Teenagers 1000 715 Theo Wolf

At the time of writing this post, coronavirus (COVID-19) has hit East Asia hard and is now accelerating rapidly across Europe, the…

Students Should Stop Incorporating Nonprofits

Students Should Stop Incorporating Nonprofits 1000 877 Lloyd Nimetz

If you’re young and starting a new social venture, don’t make the common mistake of registering as a nonprofit too early. This article outlines three other options you should consider first: staying informal, organizational sponsorship and fiscal sponsorship.