Jun 20 2017
Last year, Business Insider published the college essay of a student who was admitted to five Ivy League colleges and Stanford. The essay was about the young woman’s frequent visits to her local Costco. As soon as the essay went viral, minds were blown. Could an essay about walking the aisles of Costco be the […]
Jun 13 2017
As the school year comes to a close, many rising seniors take stock and evaluate what they’re doing in their extracurricular life. They anticipate filling out the activities section of their college applications and in that instant, everything comes into focus. Sometimes a passion emerges late in the year or they realize an interest in […]
Jun 08 2017
Did you just finish your junior year of high school? Are you wondering what to do this summer to be prepared for the college process? If you answered YES to these questions, I’ve got a plan for how to use the summer months to get a headstart.
Here is a month-to-month schedule for rising high school […]
Jun 01 2017
one of the most feared and intimidating parts of the application process is the college essay. I can understand why students have trepidation leading up to writing their personal statement. For selective and highly selective colleges, the essay matters. It often defines how the student is perceived by the admissions officer reading their application, and […]
May 16 2017
The school year is coming to a close and many students begin to question whether they have done enough this year. Some even worry if they are enough for this college process. They hear their classmates rattle off all the achievements they have had and the colleges they have already visited. Even the most self-assured […]
Apr 06 2017
Dear Waitlisted Student,
Did you know that if you want to increase your chances of admission, you need to do more than just accept your spot on the waitlist? There will be hundreds, possibly thousands, of students who accept a spot on the waitlist.
But waitlists are not ranked. The students who stand out are the ones […]
Mar 15 2017
One of my favorite students this year found out she was denied by one of her top choices yesterday. She has a flawless high school transcript, perfect SAT and Subject Test scores. So why didn’t she get admitted?
Believe it or not, elite colleges could fill their freshman class with students like this. Having a flawless […]
Jan 25 2017
Allow me to get the bad news out of the way first: I got deferred from my Early Decision school. I had applied to a very competitive school, so this wasn’t necessarily a surprise — it had actually been the most probable outcome. But I won’t say it wasn’t disappointing.
As much as I’d tried not […]
Jan 17 2017
It’s been a month since you found out that you were deferred. The shock has worn off and you might even be getting excited about some of the other colleges on your list. But if that Early Decision or Early Action college is still your #1 choice, you are willing to do anything to increase […]
Dec 21 2016
This time of year is especially tough for high school seniors who are beginning to reach a breaking point when it comes to school work and college applications. The last thing they want to do is write another college essay or fill out an application. It is very tempting to forgo one more essay or […]