College Admissions Guidance

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

Personal essay... WTF, I hate writing, and brainstorming! application strategy essays Sep 22, 2021
This process can be a LOT more fun than most students make it out to be. They try too hard to impress the AO. All I want to know is who you are... and trust me the core of you is super unique. You...
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Wait... I have to write another supplemental essay?? application strategy essays Sep 22, 2021
Admissions officers are trained to look for the "fit". Remember this.. the adcomm dude wants to help you but only if you help him/her simplify getting to the details, put everything they need in...
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The Heros journey has to show in your essays essays future planning Sep 22, 2021
It's not what you say, but more importantly how you say that is more important. Remember, the AO has 8-mins in total to read your application, You can't predict when in the day the AO reads it...
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When should you start planning for college? future planning middle school Sep 22, 2021
It’s never too early to start thinking about college. It may seem very far away, but the hard work you put in now should help you later on.
Some experts recommend starting as early...
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How to Pay for College financial planning Sep 22, 2021
Find out exactly how much college can cost and what you can do now as a freshman to prepare for those expenses. Refocus your study habits to build the credentials necessary for grant and...
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What's college like? Should I tour any schools? future planning Sep 22, 2021
It's never too early to explore college campuses. Take some time during your freshman year of high school to get yourself to campus and get a feeling for the typical layout of public and private...
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Freshmen year could decide where you ultimately land up... academics boost extracurricular activities financial planning freshman year Sep 22, 2021
During ninth grade it's important adjust to the new work load and learn how to deal with the social stress that often accompanies high school, but it's also important to remember that...
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The spike in your application spike application strategy extracurricular activities future planning Sep 22, 2021
Your application should clearly communicate your “spike.” A spike, hook, etc. is a set of activities and accomplishments that show admissions officers what you are truly passionate...
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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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Make the time to carefully write the Common App application strategy essays extracurricular activities future planning senior year Sep 21, 2021
It's not just about the essays... there are subtle parts to the common app that students should make the time to review way ahead of time and have an advisor review the details. These small things...
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