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Senior Stories

Senior Stories

Michelle Chen, Sarah Young, Ayah Ali-Ahmad, Charlotte Chui, Swara Tewari, and Anushka De

May 28, 2020

A look into the high school experiences of members of the class of 2020

College admissions should be merit-based, here’s why | EE Opinion

College admissions should be merit-based, here’s why | EE Opinion

Tanish Mendki, Devin Gupta, and Jefferson Le

March 4, 2020

Of many controversial topics, college admissions is one of the most pertinent to Monta Vista high school. In this video, El Estoque staff writers Devin Gupta and Tanish Mendki explore why admissions should be merit-based

Pre-college college expenses

Breakdown of college related activities and associated costs

Devin Gupta

October 22, 2019

Adriane Heinz, enrollment manager at Cupertino Flex College Prep, estimates the average family in Cupertino pays as much as $20,000 per child for tutoring, SAT preparation and other academic services. These services are part of a nationally growing market for academic tutoring, as the industry grows...

College crossroads: exploring four MVHS teachers’ unique college experiences

College crossroads: exploring four MVHS teachers’ unique college experiences

Brian Xu

June 2, 2019

As students navigate through their four years at MVHS, thoughts of college and careers undoubtedly brew in their minds. But amid the bustle of projects and exams, there is one group of people that is often drowned out — who have come from vastly different walks of life, pushed through college experiences...

We regret to inform you…

We regret to inform you...

Charlotte Chui and Jennie Chen

April 11, 2018

In the midst of college admission decisions, rejection seemingly becomes a commonplace. The rejection from a safety school is unexpected. Your test scores are above average, and you didn’t think your extracurriculars or teacher recommendations were too shabby either. You ask around for your peers’...

What colleges want in students applying

What colleges want in students applying

Mallika Singh

October 20, 2017

t’s well known that colleges ask for the, GPA, SAT scores and AP test scores of their applicants. They want numbers. Numbers make it easy to compare students. Admissions officers can look at applicants side by side and only see the numbers. However, it should be noted that colleges ask for extracurri...

Will changing your Facebook name really change your chances of getting into college?

Will changing your Facebook name really change your chances of getting into college?

Vanessa Qin

November 17, 2015

he checklist of things to do before finally pressing that submit button on the Common Application: develop a college list, ask teachers for letters of recommendation, take the SAT or ACT one last time and change your Facebook name. From Nov. to March, social media circles become populated by famili...