The presentation concluded on a generative note as Dr. Elizabeth Krider of Passion Progress shared tips on igniting intellectual curiosity in high school students through the story of a mentee who could not find a focus, started volunteering for newly settled refugees in her community, became curious about how political science can lead to societal stability, wrote a research paper on this topic in high school, and is now studying economics at a top PhD-feeder school.
Lively questions followed, with requests from fellow independent college counselors to learn more about Dr. Morgenstern’s proven techniques for getting high school students more intellectually curious.
Since starting Blue Stars in June, 2010, Dr. Morgenstern has grounded her college counseling practice not only in helping students with activities and achievements, but also in expanding their minds through critical questioning, reflection, writing, envisioning, and conversation. Her philosophical expertise forms the backbone of a mentoring method that helps students become resilient and college ready “from the inside out.”
Intellectual curiosity is an often-overlooked character trait when it comes to college admissions. Most parents tend to worry more about their child’s professional aspirations and college major choice, but in the end, when an admissions officer is deciding between two applicants with similar courses, grades, and activities, the choice will come down to a student’s unique way of exploring the world. Careers come and go over time, but a resilient, resourceful person is timeless – and that is what top colleges seek.
Helping students become more intellectually curious is a fine art the Blue Stars team has mastered in its almost 15 years of operation.
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