College Admissions Guidance

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

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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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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Write like a journalist; persuasive writing 101 essays future planning Sep 22, 2021
Few tips :-)
  • Begin early!  You should start developing a personal statement and trying out topic ideas. Exact essay topics can be downloaded when college applications come out...
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Graduate in 3-years? Save $100K application strategy financial planning future planning Sep 22, 2021
So how can you graduate early? 
The math is pretty simple. A typical college load is four classes a semester, so in a year you're likely to take eight classes. To graduate a year early, you...
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Admissions FAQs on academics, etc. application strategy Sep 22, 2021
  1. Do colleges like upward trends? Not only do colleges want to see good grades, they also want to see an upward grade trend, meaning that applicants' grades...
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Think like an AO (Admissions officer) application strategy demonstrated interest essays Sep 22, 2021
Get in their shoes. when you visit a school fair make friends with them. The more you know how they are incentivized and what they want, the more cohesive and tailored will be your application.
An...
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Full ride scholarships: Plan else you won't get them financial planning future planning Sep 22, 2021
So how do you maximize your chances of getting a large scholarship that will cover all of your college expenses? Try to think like an admissions officer. Find the generous colleges.. read my...
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Four types of Financial aid you should know financial planning Sep 22, 2021
Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. It can cover a range of educational expenses, like tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation.
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All the UCs schooling details you had questions about application strategy colleges list future planning Sep 22, 2021
What are the UCs majors-best know for:
  1. UC Los Angeles Engineering, Psychology
  2. UC Berkeley  Statistics, Sociology, Media Studies
  3. UC Santa Barbara Chemical Engineering,...
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Intellectual curiosity, what? application strategy demonstrated interest essays Sep 22, 2021
Admissions officers often value intellectual curiosity above all other traits. Intellectual curiosity is the desire to learn because of genuine interest or passion. An intellectually curious...
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Everything about the APs you wanted academics boost application strategy future planning Sep 22, 2021
5 Benefits of Taking AP Classes in High School
  • Prep for college. AP classes can be as challenging as introductory college courses. ...
  • Rise to the top of the pile. ...
  • Strengthen your transcript....
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Growth mindset for high schoolers mental health Sep 22, 2021
10 Strategies for Fostering a Growth Mindset in the Classroom
Helping students develop a growth mindset requires deliberate effort from teachers/parents, but many of the methods can be easily...
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