Happy Holidays from New Coda!

I want to take a minute to express my thanks to our clients, past and present, for making 2018 such a great year at NewCoda.  We are wishing everyone wonderful (and hopefully relaxing) holidays, and we look forward to connecting again in 2019!


There are a couple of items I just wanted to lay out, including next steps for juniors and seniors, as well as some exciting news and an interesting partnership:

First, I would like to thank the Burlingame/Hillsborough community for granting NewCoda the best of Burlingame 2018 Award for BEST EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT!  We’re so proud to receive the honor and we will continue to serve the community as we have been doing so for the last several years. 

While not many of us consider going abroad for our undergrad or graduate studies, I recently heard of a growing trend in the college experience of American students.  I engaged in a long conversation with Kevin Newton, founder of An Education Abroad.  While the majority of the students place in European schools (mainly in the UK), there are a number of schools in other regions of the world, such as New Zealand, Australia, Israel, and South Africa.  I duly brought up objections that I thought families would bring up (name value of a foreign university, cost and use of 529 plans, applicable education, etc) and Kevin walked me through each of those misconceptions.

In the UK, for example, a student can complete a BA degree in only three years, with comparable cost to three years of private university in the states.  Masters programs typically span only one year, and students can begin studying law as an undergrad (to name a few of the economic benefits).  The return on the college investment sharply increases because a student can get in and out of the school in only less time.  Also, aside from having a streamlined (and cost-effective) application policy, a number of these schools don’t stress the need for a broad array of extracurricular activities.  In other words, if a student is having trouble filling out his or her pre-college résumé, applying to schools (such as the London School of Economics) can be even more advantageous, not to mention less competitive.


This is something of worth to consider, and I thought I would pass this on.  If you have further questions, please visit www.aneducationabroad.com and see the mechanics of that process.  If you decide to sign up for a program, please use the code NEWCODA_EU.


2018 wrap up and next steps for juniors and seniors:

With SAT and ACT scores now posted, let’s take a moment to make a game plan.  If you are considering a retake of the ACT, the next date is February 9th, 2019.  The next SAT isn’t until March 2nd, but that date will creep up faster than expected.  Contact us if you are considering another test date.

By the time you’re reading this, finals will be behind us.  Just a reminder that we are here as a resource for academic support, whether it is English composition, Algebra 2, or BC Calculus.  If you need some help maintaining a healthy G.P.A. feel free to reach out to schedule a meeting!


If you’ve reached the end of this, thank you for reading!  Thank you for such a great 2018!




Ryan Sigman