Tag: College Essays

How do I revise my paper? (And do I really have to?)

Giving yourself time to edit your paper is the single most important step you can take to improve your grade. It’s also the step that students are the most likely to skip. I get it. Revising your paper takes time and planning. And, let’s be honest, with everything you’re juggling, you might feel lucky if […]

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Toni Morrison and the Perfect College Essay

(Originally published August 12, 2019) How one of America’s bravest voices teaches us to nail the dreaded personal statement  “I’m a believer in the power of knowledge and the ferocity of beauty, so from my point of view, your life is already artful – waiting, just waiting, for you to make it art,” Toni Morrison, […]

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Waitlisted: Keep Calm and March On

Congratulations, seniors! You are well on your way to National Decision Day. It has been a very busy year, and truly, you have demonstrated Herculean strength in balancing your life of standardized tests, athletic events, activities, jobs, family, friends, and, of course, your last year of high school. With a keen focus, kinetic flexibility, and […]

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Looking Ahead: The College Essay

Hey there, thoughtful, curious, motivated students! Show us your stuff. Tell us about yourself. Give us an idea of who to expect when you arrive on campus. Early summer is a great time to think about your college essay topic. Settling on a good idea is half the battle, so be prepared to focus and reflect […]

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Gardening with the SAT, ACT, AP exams, Subject Tests, and Finals.

I understand that this question from a college planning counselor can immediately prompt feelings of stress, strife and maybe a strong desire to run, scream, or just take a nap. You could go all consumer on us and order the popular T-shirt from Amazon: Don’t Ask Me About College. This may be a good idea […]

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College Cousins: Tulane University or University of Miami

 Why Cousins? Because they are similar in style and, therefore, attract similar styles of students.  Two universities located in southern climes in regions with distinctive styles are Tulane University and the University of Miami. One can’t help but think “ocean and palm trees” when picturing Miami and “French Quarter and good food” when thinking about […]

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3 Tips for Building Your College List

Building your college list and finding the best college for you begins with self-discovery—getting to know yourself, your interests, your goals, and what’s most important. The following three steps will get you started on building a college list and homing in on which schools are the real contenders. 1. Know yourself.  Are you an intellectual? […]

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