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Blog posts about college admissions topics such as essays, extracurriculars,  planning, mental health, etc.

Teacher recommendations FAQs application strategy senior year Sep 21, 2021
Letters of recommendation should portray your academic curiosity, strengths, and personality. Find recommenders who know you well, such as teachers who have taught you for more than one year....
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Spend 20+ hours brainstorming your essay topics application strategy essays senior year Sep 21, 2021
Trust me, it's worth the investment. I see too many students who come to me with well manicured essays, flowery writing, big big words. They hate my guts when I tell them the dreaded words... but...
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College Majors 2021 decoded application strategy career options future planning Sep 21, 2021
Majors planning:
Some students are pretty clear where they see life going, while some are on the fringe. For your college apps, you will need to make a call on the major of choice. Invest the time...
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The Hero's journey: Ultimate form of brainstorming essays senior year Sep 21, 2021
Why Should You Use The Hero’s Journey?
You're the hero of your college essay, which means you’ll have to tell the reader about your journey. Therefore, applying this framework allows you...
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What are the possible majors for under graduates? application strategy career options Sep 21, 2021
Many of us aren’t aware of the different options we could pursue as a major. I found this list comprehensive and well laid out. The attached document links to specific career paths and what...
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The post-COVID admissions strategy application strategy demonstrated interest essays extracurricular activities senior year Apr 28, 2021
I know sound like a broken record when I bring up the 6-point evaluation admissions criteria. But this time, though the dimensions are the same, the way they are evaluated has changed subtly or a...
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Know where your target college stands: Buyers and Sellers Colleges application strategy colleges list future planning junior year senior year Apr 25, 2021
What are the buyers and sellers? 
It’s a concept of dividing colleges based on their need versus your desire via their marketing $$ at play to get in.. Jeff Selingo developed...
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And the award for the least merit scholarships goes to... application strategy colleges list financial planning future planning Apr 24, 2021
Read the table below as name of the school, state name and %  of Institutional Aid Given Without Respect to Financial Need 
 
University of California-BerkeleyCA9%
Florida State...
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California schools with track record of good Financial aid, merit scholarships application strategy colleges list financial planning future planning Apr 23, 2021
Read-on expanding the blog post. We've kept the list short so the outliers standout. If you need more contact us and we'd be happy to help out. 
 
This is in order of the given merit, not...
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Valuable insights from students at target college future planning networking Apr 21, 2021

Check out https://toolkit4college.wordpress.com These students are happy to share their learnings and why they made that college their priority. Shreya is amongst an amazing team of...

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Career options outside of CS and pre-med :-) career options extracurricular activities future planning Apr 21, 2021
 
Often people graduate from college and realize that their major is not something they want to pursue in the form of a career.
There is something to be said for choosing a career...
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8 COLLEGE ADMISSION RESOURCES TO HELP YOU HIT THE GROUND RUNNING IN 2021 application strategy colleges list covid future planning junior year senior year Apr 21, 2021
It’s a new year, but the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our day-to-day lives—and the college admissions landscape. Here are 8 updates and resources to help you stay in-the-know...
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