Where's your focus: Proving or Developing Yourself?

Do you focus on proving your abilities or developing them? There’s a big difference between proving and developing. One is all about striving, which will soon exhaust you. The other is based on growth, which is energizing. Take Charlotte, a college sophomore who is majoring in biology because she wanted to prove her ability to […]

Top 10 College Essay Tips

A couple weeks ago I had the privilege of leading a college essay writing workshop for the local public high school. During the workshop, I went over the following essay tips on how to write an outstanding application essay: College Essay Tips Why the essay matters: It gives you the chance to stand out apart […]

Empathy Underdeveloped in Teenage Boys

New research has emerged showing that teenage boys’ empathy levels ebb and flow during their adolescent years. An article in today’s Wall Street Journal explains: “‘Cognitive empathy,’ or the mental ability to take others’ perspective, begins rising steadily in girls at age 13, according to a six-year study published recently in Developmental Psychology. But boys […]

Interviewing with EQ Part I: Self-Awareness

  Student Launch Pad is teaming up with The EQ Workshop to bring you a four-part series of articles on how to interview with emotional intelligence. The EQ Workshop gives participants an understanding of Emotional Intelligence that will prepare them to increase their EQ including skills like emotional self-awareness, conflict resolution and understanding different personality types. […]

Start vs. Stop Doing Lists

I typically encounter two types of students: Those that go-go-go and those that wait-and-see. Students going a mile a minute often have a schedule packed to the brim and to-do lists that overflow. Students who wait-and-see want to be sure about something before they commit, but this approach can mean that their resume is less […]

College Admissions: Mastering the Essay Part II

This blog series on Mastering the College Essay is designed to give you pointers on how to best show colleges through your essay who you are and why they should accept you. Take a look at the first two posts in the series: College Admissions: How to tell your story and stand out College Admissions: Mastering […]

What are you doing to make an impact?

Students about to start college and recent graduates probably aren’t spending too much time thinking about how they are advancing toward making their long-term goals a reality. Yet, it’s telling that one question asked during the grueling Harvard Business School interview is, “What do you want to be remembered as?” As this Poets and Quants […]

July Update: How to make the most of your summer

  Student Launch Pad is here to help students make the most of their summer! We’ve been working with students all summer long who want to take advantage of the extra time and set themselves up for a successful future. Check out the Monthly Update for specific ways to make the most of the summer, including: Find […]