March 5, 2019

This generous opportunity afforded by the Davis Chamber of Commerce Foundation is available for any High School Seniors in Davis that plan on attending a 4-year university, Community College, Trade/Technical school, or Business College program. The $500 dollar scholars...

February 19, 2019

I've been working with a UC student who's just discovered the magic of putting their phone out of reach while studying. Funnily enough, this is something I've begun doing myself at work--putting the phone out of sight and out of mind, literally in the drawer of my desk...

November 29, 2017

Have you ever wondered who reads your college applications essays, and what type of student they're looking for? How do they make admit decisions? Is there a secret committee discussing applicants behind closed doors? Can you bribe an admissions officer? Well read on—I...

A note from Eda:

I think it's inevitable that graduates look back on their college careers and wish they'd approached the experience differently. I for one remember making calculations of precisely how many lectures I could skip (of those professors who graded attendanc...

April 13, 2017

Each year, graduating high school seniors all over the country receive a shock to their identities and self-worth when they are rejected from their "dream schools".

What do you mean I wasn't good enough?

As Ivies and Ivy-tier schools like Stanford University claim yearly...

April 7, 2017

It's an exciting time when college decisions start rolling in! But how do you decide?? You've been told to consider the size of the campus, its proximity to a large city, etc. etc. But we've got 5 factors that SHOULD be on your radar before you commit to your home away...

March 13, 2017

Just graduated and don’t know what to do next? Consider a fellowship.

Pursuing a fellowship after graduation can present you with a valuable opportunity for reflection and self-assessment. Whether you’re an early career professional looking to expand your resume or a fu...

February 3, 2017

Note from Owner Eda Chen:

Below is an article that was recently published in the New York Times. Quite frankly, it breaks my heart. That said, this piece, along with my own experience as a former educator for both girls and boys, only reaffirms my belief in the power o...

December 19, 2016

Programs like ASD Nest are such an inspiration! We love the idea that college should foster "neurodiversity" within their campuses.

Colin Ozeki, 17, doesn't like to sugarcoat how autism spectrum disorder has affected his interactions with others, his emotions and his o...

October 29, 2016

Read Élan Advising Owner and President Eda Chen's open letter to a local high school student who made a lasting impression.

Dear Davis DaVinci High Student,

I met you briefly at your high school's "Internship Showcase" the other night, where I was invited to "speed coach...

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