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...

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...

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...

October 24, 2016

Welcome to our new website! We thank you for your endless patience as we completed our second major web overhaul of the year. Visit our blog regularly for all the latest on education, college and career news!

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