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September 1, 2020
Measure What Matters to Get into Medical School: Engaging Your ‘A’ Game

    Adapted from John Doerr’s book entitled ‘Measure What Matters’   There are several ways to keep you on track toward accomplishing  your goals. Some simply develop goals. Others define their mission of today and vision of tomorrow. A more comprehensive approach is to add an annual strategic plan, quarterly objectives and key results[…]

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August 1, 2020
The Art of Resilience: Thriving in Adversity

“Excellence withers without an adversary. It is not what you endure that matters, but how you endure it.” Seneca According to the Academy of Ideas, “in life there is a constant onslaught of obstacles and adversaries, competitive classmates, stressful advanced courses and unsympathetic teachers. You might think that the passage of time would teach most[…]

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July 1, 2020
7 Steps to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci by Michael Gelb

Was Leonardo da Vinci an artist who excelled in science? Or was he a scientist who excelled in art? That is a matter of debate. What is absolutely known is that he was kind and generous. Michael Gelb describes below 7 features that epitomize “the Master.”   In this blog, we will discuss the characteristics,[…]

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June 1, 2020
How to Win Friends and Influence People     by Dale Carnegie

  If your goal is to make friends easily, get people to agree with your way of thinking and get more things done, then this is the book for you. Written by Dale Carnegie in 1936, this book still stands the test of time; and is as relevant as ever. The book highlights the following[…]

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April 1, 2020
Top Mistakes When Preparing for the MCAT

The MCAT is a “marathon,” a six-hour war that when planned and prepared for properly is the gateway to elite medical institutions and vast opportunities. Your goal is to master the content and perform on test day. Consistent with the teachings in Sun Tzu’s treatise, “ the Art of War,” if you know yourself, the[…]

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January 28, 2020
Gavin de Becker’s “The Gift of Fear”

You’re on a hike on a Colorado mountain. You see a lioness and her cubs. They don’t notice you while you hide for dear life; your heart pounding and blood pressure sky rocketing, perspiration dripping down your forehead. Fortunately for you, the lions are down wind of your scent. The lioness and her family stroll[…]

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December 1, 2019
One Road to Mastery

“Only one person can build a bridge for you and also carry you across the river of life. That person is you. ….There is one path in the world in which only one person can go, you. Where does it lead?” Adapted from Nietzsche In other words, to reach your full potential and to live[…]

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October 1, 2019
Time Management in College Admissions Using Deep Work and Time Blocking

“Deep Work is professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their optimal level. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.” Cal Newport Deep Work, a term coined by MIT graduate and Computer Science Associate Professor at Georgetown University Cal Newport, was[…]

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September 17, 2019
Eleven Ways to Declutter Your Mind: In Order to Think Clearly & Make Better Decisions

Eleven Ways to Declutter Your Mind: In order to think clearly & make better decisions By Marelisa Fabrega ________________________________________________________ 1. Declutter Your Physical Environment Physical clutter leads to mental clutter. First of all, clutter bombards the mind with excessive stimuli, which forces the brain to work overtime. Secondly, physical clutter signals to the brain that there’s[…]

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June 15, 2019
Stand Out from the Competition Series: Earn a Double Major or Joint Degrees

Why is it so difficult to get into elite colleges and universities like Harvard, Princeton and Yale (HPY)? The fundamental reason is that more students than ever are getting both exceptional GPAs and perfect or near perfect SAT/ACT/MCAT/GMAT scores. In addition, applicant’s personal and athletic achievements today are unparalleled. Colleges that used to attract students[…]

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