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Reduced College Application Requirements Bad News for Students

As someone who scours college application requirements, I am keenly aware of changes in application requirements, and without a doubt, a new trend has emerged. High school seniors will initially be grateful for this trend, but will eventually curse the […]

The Four Letter Word Colleges Love

The Four Letter Word Colleges Love

When you were younger, uttering certain four-letter words might have landed you in the time-out chair. In school, those words would likely earn you a detention.  As you think about applying to college, however, there is a particular four-letter word […]

One College Admissions Officer’s Facebook Blunder

One College Admissions Officer’s Facebook Blunder

Teenagers have undoubtedly heard the dire warnings about the ramifications of inappropriate  Facebook posts.  “Once you put it out there, you can’t get it back, “ we’ve all been warned.  Colleges may look at what you’ve posted, you’ve been told. If you think they’re kidding, consider […]

New Common Application Essay Topics Released

The Common Application has made several significant changes to its newest version of this widely used online college application. In a controversial move, they have eliminated  “topic of your choice” as an essay prompt.  For the first time in many […]

Cramming for a January 1 College Application Deadline?

Cramming for a January 1 College Application Deadline?

So while this might not be the ideal position to be in, here are some suggestions to help you get through this week AND put your best foot forward when you’re applying to college. What’s your state of mind?  While […]

Trying to Write a Unique College Essay

Trying to Write a Unique College Essay

So, you’re trying to express your uniqueness in your college essay, but you think you have none. You’re not the best athlete in the region.  You haven’t started your own charity. Frankly, you have never had to overcome any significant life […]

Picking a College Application Essay Topic and Learning How to Show (not tell): Keys to keeping your reader riveted

Picking a College Application Essay Topic and Learning How to Show (not tell): Keys to keeping your reader riveted

  There are few college application essays that can boast conveying something that’s never been done before or that’s new and unique to the college admission officers reading these essays.  You can, and should, however, have your reader chuckling, cringing, […]