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How to Showcase Your Diversity in Your College Essay

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

200394126-001College campuses are striving to increase the diversity of their classes each year, believing that diversity enhances the multiple perspectives that a liberal arts education develops, as well as expanding knowledge and preparing students for life in a global community.

So what does this mean to you? This information can be used as an advantage in your college application; it is crucial that you demonstrate that you’ll bring something unique to campus and help create a microcosm of our diverse planet. (more…)

Common App Essay Tips

Friday, May 29th, 2015

App Essay Prompts

What does it mean to “share your story?” The pool of topics for common application essays is vast, but with this freedom comes the terrifying sense of getting the topic wrong or not communicating that urgent aspect of yourself that you meant to. College supplements often asks applicants to write about their strengths, their weaknesses, their suitability to college life and so forth. It all gets a bit hoop-jumpy, but that’s not to say you can’t write something meaningful or important to you, even when the prompts begin to blur and it feels like you’re having to write the same essay over and over.

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College Essay Tips

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

103060359_47Timmy is ready to write his college essay.  He switches on his laptop, loads a fresh digital Word document, inhales with the anticipation of being hit with an idea, and pauses… Nothing. That’s fine. He waits a little longer, tries closing his eyes; maybe the right topic will just jump out at him… Still nothing. YouTube begins to look friendly. And so the procrastination begins… (more…)

Stress Management in the College Application Process

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

College Calendar

Applying to college is a stressful time for everyone. That period of summer to winter of Junior year is a writhing mass of personal essays, standardized testing and maintaining grades and extracurricular activities. It can be so easy to get caught up in the “stressing culture”, but there are actually ways to avoid the proverbial ‘struggle bus.’ Some people argue that they need stress to keep them focused and motivated in the application process… No! There is never a need for stress. Stress is the result of life overload. Too many things happening at once that manifests itself in a feeling of exhaustion and weariness. Despite our understanding of the evils that stress brings we do, more often than not, let it into our lives and dictate the hours of sleep we get each night. (more…)

How Many Times Should I Take the SAT?

Sunday, February 10th, 2013
SAT Testing Sign

SAT Testing Sign via Flickr: methodshop.com

In the last post, we established that you should probably take the SAT more than once, unless you knock it so far out of the park on your first shot that it really is unnecessary. In a college admissions market where competition and pressure are sky high, however, it’s easy to let things get out of hand. It’s hard to know when to stop, when enough really is enough.

The SAT is offered in January, March, May, June, October, November, and December. Theoretically, you could start in January and go straight through the year, taking it month after month. There are a number of reasons why this would be a bad idea, not the least of which being that it would probably drive you completely crazy. Here are a few others: (more…)