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JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP & INCUBATOR -- DEADLINE -- JAN 7TH

Elton Lin

Interested in learning what it takes to be an Entrepreneur?
Want to become the next Steve Jobs?
Sign up to join the Junior Achievement Student Company Program!

ILUMIN Education is partnering with Junior Achievement of Northern California to host a 13-week entrepreneurship workshop and incubator for aspiring teen entrepreneurs. Students will work with local business leaders and learn what it takes to raise capital, write a business plan, market a product, and build effective teamwork and leadership skills.

Students will be broken into teams, develop their own product or service and launch a real business. Teams will also have the opportunity to submit their business idea to the JA Company of Year Competition, sponsored by Intuit, in April 2017.

For more information on this specific workshop, contact us at info@ilumineducation.com. 

Session Information:

Dates: Every Saturday starting Jan 27th to April 21st
Time: 1-3pm
Location: ILUMIN Education Office - 940 Stewart Drive #236, Sunnyvale, 94085
Cost: $285/student** (funds go towards facility/program expenses and a donation to Junior Achievement)

Requirements: 

1. Must currently be in high school.
2. Provide your own transportation and arrive on time to all sessions.
3. May not miss more than 3 sessions (if more, please discuss with instructor).

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 7, 2017
Accepted students will be notified on January 12, 2017.

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION

** - Make check payable to ILUMIN Education and bring on the first day.

Some words from one of last year's Company Program team members:

"Before attending the Junior Achievement program, I knew little to nothing about business and what it took to run a business. Now, after my experience with Junior Achievement, I understand the number of different teams and the endless work that come together to produce a single product. We had marketing, sales, product, and management teams that all worked together. The marketing team and I had so much fun making a commercial and brainstorming ways to bring our product, PiggyPack, to the public. My favorite moment with the entire company is when we finally got to see our product (a waterproof, dual compartment athletic bag) in person. We had been working on the logistics of the bag for over a month, and to finally see all of our hard work come to life was so exciting. Even if you aren't currently interested in going into business in the future, I would highly recommend joining the JA program, because it introduces you to many other dedicated and inspiring high school students, and it gives you a newfound appreciation for the world of business."

 ILUMIN Education Team // Best Demo and Commercial 2017

ILUMIN Education Team // Best Demo and Commercial 2017

Upcoming ROLF Seminar - 12/2 - 2pm // Three Ways to Improve Your Admissions Chances

Elton Lin

 ** Three Ways to Improve Your Admissions Chances - River of Life Foundation + ILUMIN Ed

** Three Ways to Improve Your Admissions Chances - River of Life Foundation + ILUMIN Ed

// How important are grades and test scores?
// Which activities matter most to admissions officers?
// How do students find good leadership opportunities?
// What can students do NOW to help them reach their dream colleges?

Come to our upcoming seminar hosted in partnership with the River of Life Foundation!

THREE WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR ADMISSIONS CHANCES!

The college admissions process is growing more confusing and competitive every year. We all feel the pressure to achieve "more" and worry that we're not doing enough. 

But what really matters when admissions officers review an application? What activities should students do and NOT do during high school? What steps can students take to help them reach the dream colleges? 

We will discuss how every student can improve their admissions chances, whether their goal is Stanford or UC San Diego. We will discuss how students can discover their passion and build on it throughout high school. And we will also share how students (and parents) can navigate this stressful season and be their best. 

River of Life Church
1177 Laurelwood Rd.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
December 2nd - 2 to 4 pm

 ILUMIN Education Consultants // John Chen and Kevin Nam

Speakers:

John Chen - Educational Consultant & Operations Director

He graduated from UCLA with a BA in Business/Economics and is a licensed CPA. He previously was a data analysis and management consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers working with clients like Google, VISA and EA Games. In recent years, he served as a Senior Consultant for the Bay Area’s largest educational consulting firm. He has over 15 years of experience mentoring and teaching hundreds of students and uses his vast business and hi-tech experience to guide them towards the right schools. Nothing gives him more joy than seeing students breakthrough to become who they were created to be. John is also a member of the Western Association for College Admissions Counseling. John is a member of the Western Association for College Admissions Counseling. 

Kevin Nam - Educational Consultant

Kevin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a double B.A. in Psychology and Computer Science. Throughout this time, he served as a teaching assistant for Introduction to Computer Science at Penn and helped develop a curriculum designed to expose students to computer science in fun and interesting ways. Upon graduation, Kevin declined to work in software, instead deciding to pursue his passion for education by working as a computer science tutor and now as an educational consultant for ILUMIN Education. 

ILUMIN Education students have gained admission to every top 50 university in the United States, including every Ivy League university, Stanford, UC Berkeley, NYU, USC and many others. 

For more information, contact us at info[at]ilumineducation.com or (408) 479-4742.

Junior Achievement Entrepreneurship Workshop and Incubator -- Deadline -- Jan 6th

Elton Lin

Interested in learning what it takes to be an Entrepreneur?
Want to become the next Steve Jobs?
Sign up to join the Junior Achievement Student Company Program!

ILUMIN Education is partnering with Junior Achievement of Northern California to host a 13-week entrepreneurship workshop and incubator for aspiring teen entrepreneurs. Students will work with local business leaders and learn what it takes to raise capital, write a business plan, market a product, and build effective teamwork and leadership skills.

Students will be broken into teams, develop their own product or service and launch a real business. Teams will also have the opportunity to submit their business idea to the JA Company of Year Competition, sponsored by Intuit, in April 2017.

To learn more about JA, visit www.janorcal.org. For more information on this specific workshop, contact us at info@ilumineducation.com.

Dates: Every Saturday starting Jan 21st to April 15th
Time: 1-3pm
Location: ILUMIN Education Office - 955 Benecia Ave, Sunnyvale, 94085
Cost: $250/student** 

Requirements: 

1. Must currently be in high school.
2. Provide your own transportation and arrive on time to all sessions.
3. May not miss more than 3 sessions (if more, please discuss with instructor).

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 6, 2017
Accepted students will be notified on January 11, 2017.

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION

** - Make check payable to ILUMIN Education and bring on the first day. Majority of funds will be donated back to Junior Achievement.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP FOR TEENS // LED BY STANFORD D-SCHOOL ALUM

Elton Lin

design farm entrepreneurship

Want to help your son or daughter develop an entrepreneurial mindset?
Want to see your son or daughter get an idea off the ground?
Want to help your son or daughter develop tools to life-long success?

The Design Farm, an educational non-profit started by Stanford d.school (Institute of Design) alumni, is putting on a four-day entrepreneurship workshop for teens based on the design principles taught in Stanford's d.school.

The goal is to help students develop solutions to real problems through the lens of empathy. The training will equip students with the same concepts used by Apple, Google, and GE Health to innovate out ground-breaking products.

March 12, 13, 19, 20th - 1-6pm
Palo Alto High School Library
50 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA

AND... ILUMIN friends get a discount!

$75 off the registration if you use the coupon code "ILUMIN"!

First session starts March 12th - go HERE for more info and to register! Click HERE for more info on The Design Farm. 

Feel free to contact us for more info: info@ilumineducation.com.

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Seminar - REAL Applications Through the Eyes of an Admissions Reviewer

Elton Lin

MARCH 19TH - 1PM - SEATING LIMITED - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

UCs are getting more competitive every year. In 2016, over 200,000 students applied to the UC campuses.  What can students do to standout?

Come to ILUMIN Education’s Admitted or Denied: College Applications from a UC Reviewer event to hear Azure Brown, a former UC admissions counselor, give insight into common questions such as:

  1. How does the admissions office review applications?

  2. What are admissions reviewers looking for in a student?

  3. What are the most important elements for admissions reviewers (grades, tests scores or activities)?

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn directly from an admissions reviewer and see what the UCs and other TOP universities really want in a student!

FREE drawing for the following items (starting at 1pm sharp!)

  • Apple Watch
  • SAT Class with AJ Tutoring
  • 1 year of FREE Consulting Sessions with Azure Brown herself*

Seating is LIMITED, reserve your spot now! To REGISTER, click HERE.

Saturday, March 19th: 1 - 3 pm
Sunnyvale Community Center (The Community Room - See map below)
550 E Remington Dr.
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

For more information, contact us at info@ILUMINeducation.com or call (408) 479-4742 and leave your name, phone AND email. Or click HERE to register. 

Hosted by:

ILUMIN Education
College Admissions Counseling and Life Coaching
www.ILUMINeducation.com
(408) 479-4742
info@ILUMINeducation.com

* - One free year of coaching services included after signing a complete contract that includes services for the remainder of the high school years. Current sophomore students (as of March 2016) or younger ONLY. 

ILUMIN Interview on Bay Voice Radio - Summer Plans!

Elton Lin

 It's important to properly plan your child's summer...

It's important to properly plan your child's summer...

This past week, John continued his popular series of radio interviews on Bay Voice Radio, 96.1 FM (Bay Area, NorCal). Throughout this series, he'll be highlighting aspects that help students find the right majors, write the best (and most honest) essays and reach the right universities.

This time... summer plans! What to do this summer that will really make a difference. 

The interview is primarily in Chinese -- apologies to the non-Chinese speakers! If you would like to find out more, we'd be happy to do a free consultation and discuss how we can help. Click HERE to contact us and click on the link below to listen to the interview!

BAY VOICE INTERVIEW - SUGGESTIONS FOR PLANNING YOUR SUMMER

ILUMIN INTERVIEW ON BAY VOICE READIO - CURRENT TRENDS IN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

Elton Lin

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Last week, John continued his series of radio interviews on Bay Voice Radio, 96.1 FM (Bay Area, NorCal). Throughout this series, we'll be highlighting aspects that help students find the right majors, write the best (and most honest) essays and reach the right universities.

The interview is primarily in Chinese -- apologies to the non-Chinese speakers! If you would like to find out more, we'd be happy to do a free consultation and discuss how we can help. Click HERE to contact us and click on the link below to listen to the interview!

BAY VOICE INTERVIEW - PART 2 - CURRENT TRENDS IN THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS LANDSCAPE

ILUMIN Interview on Bay Voice Radio - Helping Students Find the Right Careers

Elton Lin

 

Last week, John started the first of a series of radio interviews on Bay Voice Radio, 96.1 FM (Bay Area, NorCal). Throughout this series, we'll be highlighting aspects that help students find the right majors, write the best (and most honest) essays and reach the right universities.

The interview is primarily in Chinese -- apologies to the non-Chinese speakers! If you would like to find out more, we'd be happy to do a free consultation and discuss how we can help. Click HERE to contact us and click on the link below to listen to the interview!

BAY VOICE INTERVIEW - PART 1 - HELPING STUDENTS FIND THE RIGHT CAREERS

Introducing: the ILUMIN College Application Bootcamp

Elton Lin

This year we're going to introduce a new workshop that will improve the quality of a student's college application and help him or her finish well before the deadlines. 

Introducing... the ILUMIN College Application Bootcamp! It sounds scary, but our goal is to help students get a head start - the students who start early, ALWAYS write better essays. In the span of four days, students will:

  1. Learn what admissions officers are looking for and how to write effective college essays.
  2. Complete multiple drafts of the two University of California application essays and the main Common Application personal statement (private schools).
  3. Complete a resume they can submit with most college applications.
  4. Enter in all the required information for both the University of California application and the Common Application.
  5. Have a plan for how to complete the "Why Us?" essay which is required for most private school admissions.
  6. Have access to experienced consultants who will provide feedback on all their work.

This is an exclusive workshop for our students and will help them SUBMIT BETTER APPLICATIONS and REDUCE STRESS during of the college admissions season. After the bootcamp, students will continue working one-on-one with our consultants to further develop and polish their essays and submit their application on-time. 

The workshops are tentatively scheduled for:

June 8-11
August 10-13

Contact us if you have any questions! Looking forward to the coming application season! 

ILUMIN's Scholarship Student >>>>> Chu Hui Fu

Elton Lin

Every year ILUMIN works with a small handful of bright, amazing students who do not have access to educational coaching services. We provide, at no charge to them, essay editing assistance, college list formation guidance and coaching throughout the admissions process. We had the privilege of working with a really amazing student from San Francisco named Chu Hui Fu.

We were extremely impressed and encouraged by her story as a recent immigrant to the United States. We know her hard work and passion will lead her to great success! Watch the video above and read the interview below - I know you'll be inspired. Thanks Chu Hui and good luck at Haverford!

INTERVIEW WITH CHU HUI FU:

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m ChuHui Fu, a senior at Galileo High School. I was matched with Haverford College (PA) through QuestBridge. I am planning to major in chemistry, biochemistry or some other science. I love the gratification of getting stuck, and stuck and more stuck, then finally coming to a solution. When free, I enjoy long walks. Some of my obsessions include chocolate, mint, music boxes and mystery novels.

What was your biggest challenge when moving to America?

I immigrated from China four years ago, with limited English skills. But that wasn’t the biggest challenge. I found it most difficult to adjust to the cultural diversity here, which was initially intimidating. But after time, I've learned to move beyond the stereotypes and be more social with people from different backgrounds.

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What’s your proudest moment during high school?

I was most proud when I was accepted into the lab internship iCLEM (Introductory College Level Experience in Microbiology) because it was the first time I would work in an actual lab and because of the low acceptance rate. 

How did you discover your passion in science?

When I took biology, I was fascinated by genetics and cell divisions. See, in middle school, biology was just about memorization. I was never exposed to actual concepts, and that class was eye opening. Then I took chemistry, which I considered to be the first class besides math that made perfect sense to me. The labs were well-developed and filled with what my chemistry teacher called the "critical thinking questions.” At one point, I realized that I secretly wanted to mess up a lab just so I could redo it. That was probably when I discovered that I had a passion for science.

What advice would you give high school students to thrive in high school?

Explore the opportunities around you—both academic and extracurricular ones. Ask questions now when you don't understand something. If you don’t ask now, you won’t understand it any time soon. Also, join a club; be a part of something.   

What advice would you give to seniors applying to college?

Don't procrastinate until the last minute; don't start on your UC App at 11 pm on Nov. 30. It's going to be extremely stressful if you procrastinate. Apply to the scholarships that are available to you; it won’t hurt to have money in your pocket. 

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What did you struggle with most in high school?

I struggled the most in my U.S. History class because I had difficulty memorizing dates, places and people's names. Unlike mathematical formula that can be derived, these facts couldn’t be deduced or rationalized, so I could not remember them very well. 

What’s the key to your success?

I take advantage of the opportunities around me. There are many free programs, and when one interests me, I apply. By doing so, I was able to go on a backpacking trip and a community service trip, conduct research in a laboratory, and try out creative writing. And from these experiences, I became more self-aware, fearless and confident.

What’s the hardest part about the college app process?

The personal statement was the hardest for me because my initial draft was over two thousand words and it had to be reduced to five hundred words. Also, as I revised my personal statement more and more, I started losing the passion I initially felt, and I started doubting if it really mattered to me. I once heard “I write to understand what I think"--and that was the case for me.

How did we (ILUMIN) help you?

ILUMIN encouraged me to start researching private schools early in the fall, which allowed me to learn about different schools and helped me discover what type of college I wanted. ILUMIN also proofread my college apps and personal statements, providing very practical and straightforward feedback.