Summer Springboard Success Stories

Summer Springboard’s Summer Reading List

May 16, 2017

Summer Springboard is all about personal development. One of the best ways to develop and become a better person is through reading. Not only do you develop a better vocabulary, find new models for your own writing, but books can help you expand your worldview and understanding of others.

This summer when you are lounging around the pool, dive into one of these picks:

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Fixed vs. Growth Mindset

May 3, 2017

If you read our last post, you know that grit is what you need to be successful. To truly be the greatest you can be and reach your highest potential you need to pair your grit with a growth mindset. If you can do that, you will find success in this World.

So let’s find out what kind of mindset you have. Think about these scenarios:

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Grit: The Best Measure of Success

April 17, 2017

What is the greatest predictor of success? Well, it depends on who you ask. Some professionals will tell you that it is standardized test scores and GPAs. Others believe social and emotional intelligence lead the way to success. But the latest research is leaning towards something else, grit.

Angela Duckworth, a researcher, scientist, and teacher defines grit as perseverance and passion towards a long term goal. Her findings indicate that grit, even more so than IQ, plays a vital role in a student’s ability to succeed at challenging, long-term, goals. The research suggests that students who are considered “smarter” often have less grit than their fellow students who compensate for the gap by working harder and showing more persistence. As a result, the “grittiest”, not the most intelligent, students find the most success later in life.  If you have the chance, check out her TED talks.

So can you learn to be “gritty”?  Duckworth believes you can! Here are some ways you can develop your “grit” and become more successful:

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4 Tricks to Boost Motivation

March 29, 2017

Motivation is a tricky beast. Sometimes you have it and you feel overcome with drive and excitement. Other times you just can’t figure out how to get started and you are trapped in a spiral of procrastination. Scientists define motivation as general willingness to do something. It is the set of psychological forces that compel you to take action. So how do you get those forces to work in your favor.

Here are some tricks to unleash your motivation:

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Finding a Scholarship that Fits You!

March 22, 2017

Spring is here! While you are enjoying Spring Break and defrosting from a chilly winter, it’s important to start looking into scholarships that are available to you. College is an expensive endeavour and spring is a great time to be researching and completing scholarship applications.

Here are a few tips on how to the find the scholarships that fit you best:

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A Quick Look into University and College Rankings

March 8, 2017

Did you know there are over 7,000 post secondary schools in the US? That’s a lot of schools to sift through as you are deciding where to go after high school. After reading last week’s post you should have a better idea of what size school fits you best . (If you haven’t read it yet, you should!) You may have discovered that you want a big, public university. Or perhaps you are on the other end of the spectrum and a small college sounds like the best plan for you.

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Make the Most of Your College Tours This Spring

February 22, 2017

Its that time of year. Spring is right around corner, which means it is the perfect time to start planning your college visits and campus tours. Talk with your family about your options and compile a list of schools you are interested in attending. Ideally you will want to see the campus in action, so try to plan your visits when classes are in session.

To make the most of your visit we recommend you make a list of questions before you go. Keep it on your phone so you can have it with you on the tour.  Try to hit each of the following categories. You can use the samples provided or use them as a template to create your own list of questions.

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The Importance of Self-Care

February 15, 2017

Yesterday, many people celebrated Valentine’s Day. A day when you show the one’s you love how much you care. It is great to show others how much you care for them, but don’t forget to show yourself a little love too!  You must take good care of yourself to sustain the level of energy required to work hard and pursue your dreams everyday. You can only last so long on no sleep, junk food, and zero exercise.


Your health and wellness should be a priority. If you want to pursue happiness and be successful you must focus on building healthy habits and practices into your everyday life. Self-care is often overlooked but it is a hidden gem of long term success.


To step up your self-care game make sure you are doing the following things:

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SAT Prep: Writing Tips to Help You Ace the SAT

February 8, 2017

Have you registered for the SAT yet? The next deadline is February 10, 2017 (eeek, that’s soon!) for the testing session held on March 11, 2017.


Registration is not the only thing you need to do to prep for the SAT. You need to study, review, and prepare for each section of the assessment. The Math and Reading sections of the SAT are required to generate a score report that will be sent to your prospective schools. However, this year the essay portion is optional and dependent upon college and university admission guidelines. Do the schools you want to apply to require the written essay? Top universities such as Yale, Harvard, Duke, Stanford, and The University of California System require applicants to submit a SAT written essay score.  To eliminate unneeded stress and surprise make sure you know if your schools of interest require the written essay.


If you are in the pool of applicants that need to complete the essay being a good communicator is going to be a huge help on the writing segment. Writing is simply a way to communicate through the written word. If you can express yourself well in writing, by establishing a point with supporting arguments that are clear and concise, not only will you do well on the SAT, you will succeed in other areas of your life.


Let’s look into some ways you can improve your writing:

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