Tag: college admissions

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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What to Make of the Test-Optional Movement

What to Make of the Test-Optional Movement (2022 edition) One of the biggest question marks in college admissions has become, “What does ‘test-optional’ really mean?” And the answer, like many things in the higher education landscape, seems to be rapidly evolving as we get further from the pandemic-linked rush towards test-optional pilot programs. In this […]

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Talk Amongst Yourselves

Missing those friends, right? With February being the month of Valentine’s Day, it may be time to recognize that absence really does make the heart grow fonder, and that, when separated from those we care about, we can reach out to them in new ways, taking advantage of the opportunity to strengthen our bonds. We’ve […]

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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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Preparing for College Interviews, Whether Remote or In-Person

Prepare with practice and research. Relax and reveal yourself. Remember to express yourself in writing: write a thank-you note. The college interview rarely makes or breaks an admission decision, but it can be an important component of your application. Before you even begin to get nervous, however, check to see if the interview is a […]

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Preparing (or Not) for the PSAT

Summer is officially over, and the leaves have begun to fall. That means that one of the great fall traditions, the PSAT, is almost upon us. This year, the PSAT is being offered on several dates: Wednesday, October 13; Saturday, October 16; or the alternate date of Tuesday, October 26. Check with your school’s guidance […]

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From Public to Private: Managing the College Process

Ah, the sound of silence. The unnatural quiet of senior year when, come fall, the college application process kicks into full gear. You and your friends have spent part of the summer brainstorming essay ideas or comparing notes on the activities section. Spoofing or upping each other on outlandish details can be fun. (Activity: Rescue […]

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