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P&A in the Press

In early October, Popp & Associates was featured in the The Boston Globe College Bound blog. Mindy Popp's recommendations are highlighted in the blog post "How to manage test anxiety before the SAT and ACT." Keep this helpful advice in mind to reduce your stress when preparing for the next exam day!



5 Tips to Ace Your College Interview

As the leaves change color and pumpkins start adorning doorsteps, college interview dates begin filling our calendars. I often find that students feel anxious before college interviews, but they always go smoother than anticipated. The college interview is an opportunity for students to learn more about a college of interest, and students should not see it as a make or break moment in their application process. Here are 5 tips to help you enjoy a successful interview:

1) Relax- The college interview is important, but it has less influence on your application process than you probably think. Get ready for a relaxed conversation where you get to talk about yourself, your interests, and most of all, why a specific college is on your radar.

2) Dress to impress- Jeans, sneakers, and flip flops should not make an appearance at college interviews. It's important to dress nicely and make a good impression.

3) Do your homework- Preparing for a college interview is important. Review possible questions that you may be asked and consider practicing in a mock interview with a parent, guidance counselor, or with your P&A college counselor.

4) Get to know the college- In addition to being ready to answer questions about your favorite classes and extracurricular activities, students should expect to discuss in detail why they want to attend the college. Before arriving at the interview, students should think about how they would benefit academically and personally from attending the school, as well as how they could best contribute to the campus community.

5) Write a thank you note- Try to write a handwritten thank you note to your interviewer within 3-5 days of the interview. A few kind words of appreciation go a long way with most things in life, college interviews included.

Good luck with your college interview, have fun, and please contact P&A if we can help!

Mindy and her mom

Number 5
is dedicated to my mom Paula Popp who has always believed that we are never too busy to thank people who take time out of their lives to help us advance our own.

Looking Ahead: Fall Events



Calling all artists! The Boston National Portfolio Day is hosted by the National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA), which includes representatives from regionally accredited colleges and universities. These institutions are also members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. All Portfolio Day events are free, open to the public, and do not require pre-registration. Visit this link for the 2013-2014 schedule. The Boston event will be held on November 3.

Students can visit MIT during Splash 2013 and take mini classes on numerous subjects. From November 23-24, thousands of high school students will gather on the MIT campus, where MIT students and community members will teach short classes on just about anything you can think of! During Splash, students can get their feet wet with a short introduction to any number of subjects - things they always wanted to learn, or topics they never knew existed. Registration begins in October and includes an enrollment fee. 

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Website Pick of the Month

I know it may seem a bit premature to start talking about the holidays, but trust me, you won't regret visiting this website. Given all of the holiday gift catalogs that have arrived in my mailbox recently, I just did not want to wait a minute longer to tell you about the Campus Quilt Company. If you are looking for that one-of-a-kind gift for your college-bound student, this one will surely top the charts. 

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