Category: College

Some of Our Favorite Supplemental Essay Prompts (2022-2023 edition)

A review of essay prompts can be a great way to prepare for the writing process.  I am supposed to write roughly 650 words — but on what?  Now, you will probably head straight for the Common Application prompts and prepare to stress out choosing one idea. But what about reading supplemental prompts and taking a mental walk […]

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Authenticity and Your College Applications

The college search process can be both exciting and anxiety-inducing. I believe this to be especially true now, during the age of COVID, when schools have revamped their respective websites to provide copious amounts of information in place of in-person visits. Among the various pages that you’ve read during your search, I am certain that […]

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How To Plan a Campus Tour

Campus visits are a vital part of your college research, and there’s no substitute for putting your feet on the ground and trying a campus on for size. A good fit is made in the details. So, when planning a campus tour, and moving through your college visits, remember to check out everything: academic programs, […]

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Early Decision II: What’s the Scoop?

So, it’s November, and perhaps after researching which colleges are a good match for you and visiting some schools on your list, you identified your first choice and decided you were willing to submit a binding Early Decision (ED I) application. Great! Now you’re waiting for a response, which will come by mid-December. If that’s […]

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Best Piece of Essay Advice

Writing your essays like you need to doIs hard and it’s tricky, confusing, it’s true.So it sounds pretty niceTo seek out adviceBut how do you know what is helpful? And who? And so I introduce to you: Reader One and Reader Two My meager attempts at iambic pentameter aside, I want to talk about what […]

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Some of Our Favorite Supplemental Essay Prompts: 2021-2022 Edition

A review of essay prompts can be a great way to prepare for the writing process. If you’re anything like me, you might be asking yourself, “I’m supposed to write roughly 650 words — but on what, exactly?” You can head straight for the Common Application prompts and stress yourself out trying to choose the one “right” idea. But […]

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High School Transcripts Explained

There are lots of exciting changes just waiting for you over the next four years of high school. One of those changes will be how your academic accomplishments are recorded. Yes, you will still receive report cards, as always, but your grades and classes will also be listed in a permanent document called your transcript. […]

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Seniors ‘22: Stay the Course

Hello, Seniors: You’ve officially moved into the final phase of your college research. Congratulations! The strength and independence you’ve relied on will serve you extremely well in college. With the season of college decisions upon us, now is the time for us to take one more look at your personal college search. Balance and Perspective […]

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Does It Spark Joy? Gratitude on the Common App Essay

Almost nothing sparks fear in the heart of high school juniors as much as the words “College Essay.” But perhaps there is hope on the horizon. The last couple of college admissions seasons have, without question, been tense, as students and parents negotiated unprecedented circumstances. Now, though, the Common Application and the Coalition Application, two […]

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Five Tips for Wooing Your Colleges

So, Valentine’s Day isn’t far off, and that prompts the eternal question: does absence make the heart grow fonder? I must respond with a wholehearted yes — at least with regard to those colleges and universities that track demonstrated interest, or DI. When separated from those we care about, we often reach out to them […]

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