College Admissions Guidance

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

Grade specific advice application strategy freshman year future planning junior year senior year sophomore year Mar 11, 2022
  • 9th grade parent night programs 
    • Plan carefully the international language choice; make sure it's one you will carry for 4-years; two years of one language and 2-years of another don't mean...
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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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Counselor recommendation: pay attention application strategy future planning senior year Sep 21, 2021
The counselor recommendation is a Mandatory part of the common app... so pay a lot of attention. Here's what they are asked in the app:
  • The duration and context in which you've known the...
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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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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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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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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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Full-ride scholarship strategies application strategy future planning senior year Apr 21, 2021
Many full-ride scholarships have similar eligibility requirements, so making yourself a great candidate for one will often make you a great candidate for multiple scholarships. While the specific...
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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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Five ways to get merit scholarship at state universities financial planning future planning junior year senior year Apr 21, 2021
Here are five things to keep in mind about obtaining a merit scholarship from a state university:
  1. Merit money is plentiful.      
  2. Understand what it takes to win a scholarship....
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Don't use COVID-19 experiences for your Common App essay application strategy covid essays senior year Apr 21, 2021
College essays are to help you differentiate over other students. If your topic is common, one that many others will be writing about, you are already fading into the crowd. It’s simply...
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