Posts by Dave Bergman:

College Transitions on air with ABC news station

Posted on: 07 May 2020

Discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the college plans of the Class of 2020, College Transitions CEO, Andrew Belasco, spoke with WKBW in Buffalo, New York. As Andrew said, “A significant percentage of our students and families, about 1 in 4 are re-thinking their college plans.” On the topic of whether colleges would accept requests […]

How to Spend a Gap Year During Coronavirus

Posted on: 20 Apr 2020

In an ordinary year, roughly 2% of college-bound high school grads elect to take a gap year prior to launching their postsecondary career. Many spend the time traveling internationally, volunteering with a non-profit organization, or entering the workforce to save money and gain some “real life” experience. These type of gap years can pay dividends […]

TechRepublic interviews College Transitions

Posted on: 02 Apr 2020

With COVID-19 increasing the amount of Zoom, Skype, and Facetime conversations taking place in a professional context, TechRepublic, a leading trade publication in the information technology field, reached out to College Transitions CEO, Andrew Belasco, to discuss how to make a good impression during a video chat interaction. See the complete article here.

Extracurricular Activities You Can Do From Home

Posted on: 26 Mar 2020

In the eyes of college admissions officers, there are certain types of activities that occupy the highest points within the extracurricular firmament. Placing in national/international academic competitions, ascending to leadership roles in student government, participation in a research-based summer program, impactful charitable work, standout abilities in drama/music/art, and recruit-worthy performances in varsity athletics are all […]

AP Exams – Changes Due to Coronavirus

Posted on: 22 Mar 2020

On Friday, March 20th, the College Board delivered some much anticipated news about how they would proceed with Advanced Placement (AP) exams as the nation, along with most of the world, contends with the COVID-19 pandemic. In a survey conducted by the organization, 91% of the 18,000 participants indicated that they still wanted to a […]

College Admissions and Coronavirus: Advice for High School Juniors

Posted on: 19 Mar 2020

“What should I do now that college tours are canceled?” “How will I demonstrate interest in my prospective colleges?” “Will I be able to take the SAT, ACT, and AP/IB tests?” “Will my summer program still proceed as scheduled?” “How will COVID-19 impact my extracurricular activities?” These are the most common questions we have received […]

College Admissions and Coronavirus: Advice for High School Seniors

Posted on: 18 Mar 2020

Depending on where you live, your high school may officially be closed for the next couple of weeks or (perhaps more likely) months. This is surely a tough thing to deal with for most 12th grade students who were, up until a week ago, thinking about upcoming milestone events like senior prom and graduation ceremonies. […]

2020-2021 Common App Essay Prompts

Posted on: 30 Jan 2020

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This well-worn idiom captures the mindset of the decision-makers at the Common Application who announced this January that the essay prompts for the upcoming 2020-21 admissions cycle will be the same as they were in 2019-20. In the opinion of the College Transitions staff, the choice not to […]