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The New Common App Essay Prompts for ’17-’18 Released

The New Common App Essay Prompts for ’17-’18 Released

The Common Application released its essay prompts for 2017-2018. There are now seven essay prompts and the “Topic Of Your Choice” prompt has returned. Listed below, you can see which are new, revised or those that are unchanged. Students need to choose one and write an essay of up to 650 words. Any rising seniors who want to get a head start on their college essay are set to go! Continue reading

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Early Admission Results: What To Do Next

Early Admission Results: What To Do Next

It’s a big week for those of you who have applied Early Decision (ED), Restrictive Early Action (REA) or Early Action (EA). No doubt, apprehension & excitement are looming as you look online or in mailboxes for admission decisions.
Regardless of your Early Admission Results, here’s what to do next… Continue reading

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Why Colleges Want Ambitious and Dynamic Students

Why Colleges Want Ambitious and Dynamic Students

The college admissions process can be overwhelming for many families considering the competitive nature of admissions as well as the many variables high school students must take into account: challenging curriculum, strong essays, excellent standardized test scores (in most cases) and remarkable recommendation letters to name a few. In addition to students presenting these factors, it is essential for students to distinguish themselves, stress their additional activities and present themselves as ambitious and dynamic students. Continue reading

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Writing The Common Application Essay

Writing The Common Application Essay

The Common Application launched online for the coming admissions season on August 1st. The Common Application essay prompts are now available so writing can begin. Students will need to choose one of the five prompts and write up to a 650 word essay. Continue reading

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What Goes Into A Great College Essay

What Goes Into A Great College Essay

What goes into a great college essay? I suspect it’s more than a good story.

Questions to consider:

– Which character attributes should shine through?
Ability to work with others? Adaptability? Independence? Maturity?

– What topics give the student something good to write about?
Work or volunteer experiences? Academic achievement? Overseas travel? Family life?

– What happens to those applicants who don’t seem to have the experiences to draw from?

– What else should I have included?

– Which character attributes should shine through?
Ability to work with others? Adaptability? Independence? Maturity?
All of these work – it’s okay also to be less than perfect as we all are just that

– What topics give the student something good to write about?
Work or volunteer experiences? Academic achievement? Overseas travel? Family life?
These are good but too general – isolate an event or one experience

– What happens to those applicants who don’t seem to have the experiences to draw from?
Writing about small daily occurrences can produce excellent essays
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Before a Decision

Before a Decision

It’s true that one of the hardest places to be is right before a decision. Options to weigh, pros & cons to think about and discuss, research to do and connections to make can be a few of the mind queries before a decision is made. Before a decision is made about which college to attend, several variables should be carefully reviewed Continue reading

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Teens And Social Media

Teens And Social Media

Teens revolve their lives around their smartphones. Smartphones are where weekend plans are made, changed, and made again; where secrets are shared and gossip is created; and where all types of social connections are made. Their social lives are displayed in high definition for their friends to view and the world to see. Fear of missing out has given rise to 24/7 connectivity, sleep texting and sleep deprivation. Their world operates from the palm of their hands and it is always open for business. Continue reading

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Guidelines For Making The Final College Choice

Guidelines For Making The Final College Choice

The waiting is almost over as admission notices get sent out now and within the next few weeks. Making an informed and correct college choice is crucial. There are a variety of ways that each person goes about making their final college choice. Factors in selecting a college may vary from person to person. However, there are some common questions that should be taken into consideration. Here are guidelines for making the final college choice: Continue reading

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Why Choose College Connections? Read What Our Students Say!

Why Choose College Connections? Read What Our Students Say!

At this time of year, many are researching various college consulting companies to see where they can get the best guidance. We are so confident about how well our students do, that we have posted some comments made by our students. We, at College Connections, are committed to the happiness and success of our students and as a result, are proud of our alumni that continue to remain in touch long after their college process is completed. Continue reading

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What To Do If You Are Deferred

What To Do If You Are Deferred

We know that application numbers this season are way up. It’s quite possible that you are a qualified student who has been deferred from your first choice college. Thousands of college applicants have been deferred for consideration during the regular admission cycle. Although this is disappointing, it is not necessarily bad news. A deferral means that you are qualified and that the admission officers will take another look at your application file during their regular admission period. So, what to do? Continue reading

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