College Admissions Guidance

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

Personal branding for college application strategy demonstrated interest extracurricular activities future planning Feb 13, 2022
Why Your Personal Brand MattersWhy is it important for colleges to know who you are, and what your brand is? College admissions committees will be looking at your application for several...
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What is college readiness for middle school students? academics boost demonstrated interest extracurricular activities future planning middle school Sep 26, 2021
Students should casually go to local college visits with parents, make it a fun experience. They should investigate different career pathways at career fairs. They should take assessments to...
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You are unique, contrary to what you tell yourself... application strategy demonstrated interest essays extracurricular activities Sep 22, 2021
Defy stereotypes and go against the grain. You want to distinguish yourself from other applicants with similar backgrounds. For instance, it’s uncommon to see an Asian American student who is...
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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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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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Get a Spike! application strategy demonstrated interest 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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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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