Rainbow Musings

3 Reasons to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

October 8, 2014

One of the most exciting parts of the college admissions season is exploring the options of where to apply. This, in turn, can also be the most terrifying part.

5 Ways Parents Can Make The Most of Their Students’ First Year Away At College

August 12, 2014

Your students’ college courses have been selected, the extra long bed sheets for the dorm have been purchased, the car is packed, and off they go! For many parents the last 18 years have been about teaching and preparing their children for this very moment.

College Acceptance Chronicles: Sam Levy’s Decision to Attend Rice University

May 31, 2014

Supplemental essays separate the golden college applications from the less-than-brilliant ones. A wonderful supplemental essay can provide insight to a student’s deeply held passions and curiosities.

Say Hello To The Class of 2018!

May 10, 2014

This spring has been a tremendously inspiring journey for everyone in the Rainbow Family. After months of hard work, preparation, some tears, and a great deal of self discovery, our seniors are now ready to bid farewell to their high schools and begin anew as college freshmen.

The College Acceptance Chronicles: How Arielle Harris Got Into USC, Michigan, and More

April 25, 2014

Arielle’s story has inspired everyone here at the Rainbow Family.  She recently gained admissions to 8 universities and even received a personal email from the Tulane admissions officer who reviewed her application (and offered her a $20,000 yearly scholarship), saying that her overall portfolio/personal statement was one of the best he had seen all year.

5 Reasons Why Every Ivy-Bound Student Should Study Music

April 13, 2014

Kwasi Enin’s essay about his love for playing music played a significant role in gaining him entrance to eight of the top Ivy League universities last week.

10 Powerful Lessons I Wish I Was Taught Before High School

March 25, 2014

For many a high school senior, the months of March and April are all abuzz with the excitement of recent college admissions offers. Yet let us not forget the legacy about to be set into motion by those who are next in line: the 8th-graders.

7 Ways To Prepare Your Student to Be a Happy & Successful Adult

March 17, 2014

The transition from youth to adulthood is an exciting one filled with uncertainty both for the student and the parent. There is no guidebook; however, the literature around success and happiness has begun to grow in recent years, as scholars such as Martin Seligman and Angela Duckworth have begun exploring what truly predicts the attainment of a happy and successful life.

5 Tips to Guarantee A Superb Letter of Recommendation

March 9, 2014

Ah…I must admit..I love the sacred scent of second semester.  The remnants of February 14th’s delectable truffles and the influx of teenagers in route to semi-formals sporting pristine corsages triumphantly signal the onset of spring.

Transitioning From HS Student Athlete To Full-Time College Student

February 28, 2014

The vast majority of High School student athletes have spent a good portion of their youth dedicated to a sport that helped define their formative years. However, when taking that step from grade school teachings to collegiate academics, not only will their work in the classroom take a great leap forward, but the playing field of athletics (especially at D-I schools) will also prove considerably tougher.

The College Acceptance Chronicles: How Does One Get Into USC?

February 16, 2014

One late student, right, runs to join the freshmen class at Vanderbilt University as they spell out 2017, their graduation year, for a photo on the campus on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Classes begin Wednesday.

The College Acceptance Chronicles: How Does One Get Into Yale?

January 29, 2014

At Rainbow, we treat every student’s victory as our own. I personally find enormous joy in hearing about my students’ college admissions wins, the factors that influence their final decisions, and the sublime shift that takes place for each and every one of them…their idea of college morphing into one multi-faceted, actualized experience.

Why Do Girls Underperform in Math? (and Other Ways Stereotypes Threaten Our Students)

January 21, 2014

Rainbow’s winter SAT workshop is well underway, and in every cohort we tend to have several extremely bright young women who are anxious about the math sections of the test.

10 Ways Summer 2014 Could Change the Rest Of Your Life

January 5, 2014

The beginning of a new year often symbolizes the beginning of new possibilities. Recognizing that high school at times can seem predictable and/or somewhat monotonous, we are encouraging our students to step out of their comfort zones in 2014.