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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.


Dealing With Deferral

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

admissionsSo it’s hardly good news. All those hours put in to a pristine application which doesn’t win the admissions people over in its first review. But being deferred isn’t the end of the world either. Sure there’s another 3 month wait before a definitive answer is given (unless you’re waitlisted which further complicates the issue but that’s not for here) but getting in to x college is still on the cards. (more…)

The Freshman 15…

Monday, December 22nd, 2014



Pizza via Flickr: rob_rob2001

I can smell the Turkey in the oven and will undoubtedly be feeling it on my hips and cheeks for several weeks after I’ve eaten it. Yes: it is Thanksgiving, and no: nutritional guidelines will not be obeyed today. This time of year can be difficult for managing one’s weight because of all the commercialized, incentivized mass-eating we tend to indulge ourselves in. But there are ways to escape the cycle at Thanksgiving and on the life-in-general level. You can have your cake and eat it too AND not feel too guilty about it… (more…)

Driving Home for Christmas

Thursday, December 4th, 2014



Getting home for various holidays is not easy for everyone. Within your class, there will probably be the fortunate few who can visit home every couple of weeks; a simple 10 minute bus ride away where ‘Tony’ can pretend he came home because he missed their faces whilst dumping a bag of dirty laundry on the kitchen table. But for most it is not that easy. The laundry piles up because there is nobody to tell me to start sorting out my life anymore. I may have digressed slightly, but the point is that choosing whether to travel home for the holidays or to stay on campus can be difficult for many. (more…)

The Essential College Packing Checklist

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Girl with stack of booksIn the writing of this blog post I have endeavored to ascertain every want, need and arbitrary desire that could be thought of by a soon-to-be college student on the cusp of leaving home for the first days of college. I have examined weather, cultural particularities and anticipated hobbies to provide the most comprehensive checklist ever. Perhaps I exaggerate slightly… (more…)