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Tips on How to Reduce Stress

With a new year many people have new goals and ambitions. However, when returning to school you're hit with life's obligations once more. It can be a super stressful time, but I've compiled a list of my top 5 tips to reduce stress. 1)Taking deep breathes This is not only lower your heart rate, but also allow you to collect your thoughts and focus on your goal at hand. 2)Writing things down Visualizing your tasks can help prioritize and tackle them one at a time. 3)Exercise It's good for the body, mind, and soul. Triple wammy there! 4)Listening to music Studies that show when you listen to classical music you can lower your heart rate and be at peace. To turn up some Bach or Mozart! 5)Asking for help Everyone needs help once in a while, allow your family and friends to support you. Do you have tips to help reduce stress? Leave a comment below.
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New Goals for 2018

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Private School Applications - Common App Tutorial

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Which teacher should write my letter of recommendation?

If you're planning to apply to a private school chances are you'll need a letter of recommendation from your teacher. In this video you'll find out my top three tips on how you should select your recommender. Here are the three aspects to consider. 

1. Different Disciplines
2. 11th Grade Teacher
3. Adviser or Coach

How to get the BEST teacher recommendation for college

It's that time of year! If you're planning to apply to a private university you'll likely need a letter of recommendation from a teacher. Here are top tips to get the best letter of recommendation.    

Bullet points from the video
1. Ask your teacher in person
2. Provide Documents (ie. Summary of Achievements, resume, list of colleges & deadlines)
3. Waive your right to review the letter of recommendation
4. Giving enough notice (ask at least 2 weeks before your 1st rec deadline)

Are there tips that I missed? Leave a comment below.

13 Reasons Why - Counselor Response

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Resources National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255; Safety Planning App - Crisis Text Line - Text Start to 741 741; Trans Lifeline -

How to Apply to the UCs (University of California)

Hi everyone College App season is coming up, so here'a video and the text on How to Apply to UCs

#1 A-G Requirement If you are applying to a UC school and are not attending a school in California you can disregard this section and move on to #2.
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