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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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College Essays and Real Life

College Essays and Real Life

College Essays and Real Life As our students rummage through brainstorm lists of potential college essay topics, real life keeps happening and experiences mount. Just this morning, we heard from a student of ours whose entire house and all belongings … Continue reading

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Early College Preparation Is Important

Early College Preparation Is Important

Although many decisions are made during the senior year, it is best to begin the college process early as early college preparation is important. There are countless details involved in the college admissions process, and gaining the knowledge necessary in a timely manner is crucial to ultimately making the final decision on where you will attend. Continue reading

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How To Manage The College Admissions Frenzy

How To Manage The College Admissions Frenzy

Students now apply to an average of a dozen universities to assure acceptance into a college because of the competitive nature of admissions. What has created this competitive environment and how are students empowered to take charge? What is the … Continue reading

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The Inevitable College Essay Question: Why Are You A Good Match?

The Inevitable College Essay Question: Why Are You A Good Match?

Some of you will be making plans to visit colleges. Many of you will be doing web research on colleges and just about anyone applying to college will need to eventually answer a typical essay question found on most applications “Why are you a good match for ________?” These essays generally have a limited word or character count and must be concise, clear and give admission officers insight about the applicant. Here are some tips to help. Continue reading

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Writing The Common Application Essay And What To Avoid

Writing The Common Application Essay And What To Avoid

The Common Application www.commonapp.org will launch for the coming admissions season on August 1st. In the meanwhile, the Common Application essay prompts are 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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Why Write College Essays Over The Summer?

Why Write College Essays Over The Summer?

More and more college essay prompts are digging deep to learn what they can about a student’s character. Numbers are easy to see and evaluate; however, measuring character is not quite as easy. Essay prompts are geared toward having students become self reflective and critically think about their personal experience(s). Students tell us that they are often told not to write in the first person. High school and many college assignments are geared toward third person writing and students tend to be conditioned as such. In addition, teens can be self-conscious about writing about themselves in that they are growing from adolescence both physically and emotionally. Continue reading

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The “Perfect” College Essay Does Not Exist

The “Perfect” College Essay Does Not Exist

Some students have a difficult time starting their college essays. Perhaps, it is a challenge selecting topics or a feeling that their essays must be perfect. The words “perfect essay” are engraved all over the media and Internet. No wonder this task can be intimidating. Once students let go of the idea that their essays must be perfect, ideas flow easier and great stories can be told. Continue reading

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Action Steps for Early College Prep

Although many decisions are made during the senior year, it is best to begin the college process early. There are countless details involved in the college admissions process, and gaining the knowledge necessary in a timely manner is crucial to ultimately making the final decision on where you will attend. Continue reading

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Why Drive to Colleges When Students Can Go Online? Guest Blog

You are just starting the college search process, and don’t know whether you want to attend a school – in a major city or in the country, and you’re not sure whether a “big” school would be “too big” for you.
You’ve started drafting your common application essay, and only now realize you could use a few pointers and a pep talk. Continue reading

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