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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

College Admissions: How to tell your story and stand out

  College admissions are getting more competitive than ever. At top universities, most students who are applying all have the same great grades, excellent standardized test scores, and well-roundedness of activities and leadership positions. In the article “Perfect scores alone don’t make grade for admission to college of choice”, colleges share what they require for […]

Simply Lead

A little over a week ago was Chick-fil-A Leadercast, a one-day leadership conference with some of the world’s best leaders. The theme was “Simply Lead,” starting with the question, “What if there were potential impact in simplifying our lives so our leadership could thrive?” Learning to simply lead, however, is not exclusively for those with official […]

How to choose a college, major, or career: Part III

Throughout their book Decisive: How to Make Better Decisions in Life and Work, the Heath brothers provide phenomenal thinking on how to improve the quality of our decision-making. In the first post in this series, we looked at two decision-making flaws that explain why students often choose the wrong college, select the wrong major, and ultimately […]