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Jeannie Borin
Jeannie stems from New York City and is a Juilliard School of Music alumus. She obtained her Bachelors and Masters Degrees at UCLA in psychology, education and counseling and founded College Connections , LLC in 2003. Jeannie has been featured in Time, The Wall Street Journal and LA Magazine and on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, ABC and CBS News. Jeannie writes regularly for numerous publications and CBS Money Watch named her number one college advisor to follow on Twitter. She is a professional member of several prestigious educational organizations. Jeannie is recognized by media, clientele and colleagues globally as a leader in college admissions consulting and new media. She is happily married with two grown sons and lives in Los Angeles.

Entries by Jeannie Borin

Here's What to Do While Waiting for Admission Decisions

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2014 | 3:41 PM

Tips for keeping track of your submitted college applications:

You have undoubtedly worked hard to complete your applications and finally they are submitted! Now what? For the next few weeks, you may feel the anxiousness of the notorious college waiting game as nerves build and decision time gets closer.


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Why Social Media Guidance Is Important

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2014 | 2:46 PM

Social media web sites have become a global information network that undoubtedly has many benefits. However, with this increased exposure, it is vital to make sure our students are wise and remain safe as they post information online. It is best to advise students not to post information about themselves...

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Can You Prepare for the College Interview?

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 12:36 PM

Most admissions officers say a college interview plays only a minor part in the admissions decision, but it may be more important for some if an admission decision has not already been determined. There is a way students can prepare for the college interview without memorizing anything. A college admissions...

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How To Manage The College Admissions Frenzy

(2) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 3:32 PM

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?

Universities are huge businesses from their endowment funds to their desire to fill...

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Important Common App Details You May Not Know

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 4:37 PM

Based on the difficulties of the Common Application last year, so far this year, it's been a pretty smooth ride. However, there are a few Common App details you may not know that could save you time and aggravation.

Common App Details:

• The Common...

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Should I Apply to College Early Decision or Early Action?

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 3:04 PM

With the November 1st, Early Application deadline fast approaching, the following questions and pros and cons should help in making the decision on how to best apply. First, know the admission policies of the colleges where you are applying. Some colleges do not offer early plans but may have other...

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Got College Prep Questions? Answers Are Here!

(2) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 11:06 AM

As 'back to school' draws closer and closer there are countless college prep questions that arise. Whether they are questions about college lists, filling out applications, writing resumes and essays, visiting colleges or who to ask for recommendations, getting the appropriate guidance is crucial.

Here are just a few...

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

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 10:54 AM

The Inevitable College Essay Question: "Why Are You A Good Match?" appears on just about every college application. What are some things to keep in mind while answering this question?

Some of you will be making plans to visit colleges. Many of you will be doing web research on colleges...

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What Should Rising Seniors Do to Get a Jump-Start on the College Search?

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 8:38 PM

The time is now for rising seniors to get a jump-start on their college search. There is no doubt that fall semester will be a lot less stressful if the college search and application process is well underway when school begins. Below are ten things rising seniors can and should...

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Writing the Common Application Essay and What to Avoid

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2014 | 12:07 PM

The Common Application will launch for the coming admissions season on August 1. 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.

The essay prompts...

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College Admissions Strategy

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 4:03 PM

Here's how to stand out on your college apps and develop a strong college admissions strategy:

Although a challenging curriculum, strong GPA and stellar test scores (for schools that require test scores) are essential, other sections of the college application are increasingly important.

Select college essay topics that are unique....

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Why Distance College Counseling Works

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 6:01 AM

Isn't it true that when admission officers evaluate student applications they really don't know the students applying to their universities? Other than an interview that some colleges offer, acceptance decisions are based on transcripts, test scores (at most colleges), and recommendations, but more importantly, a written document that is generally...

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College Essay Writing Over The Summer: An Exceptional Choice

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 10:02 PM

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)....

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Have You Started the College Search?

(3) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 7:21 PM

In conducting the college search, it is important to make sure a college list is well balanced with "reach," "50/50" and "likely" colleges that fit the student's profile academically and socially. Thorough research is necessary to be sure that students are applying to the right colleges for them. The research...

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Summer Before Senior Year: Get Going!

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 6:48 PM

Your summer should be enjoyable with lots of vacation time. However, the fall semester will be here before you know it and, although you may not want to start your college process just yet, you'll be so happy you did once your senior classes begin. Summer is actually a relaxed...

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Managing the College Admissions Frenzy

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 4:56 PM

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?

Universities are huge businesses from their endowment funds to their desire to fill...

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A Q & A On Everything College

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 2:21 PM


What are some do's and don'ts for the admissions essay?

A Few Starter Suggestions For Your College Essays:

Brainstorm possible topics and discuss ideas. Slice of life stories can be very appealing and just as noteworthy. Listen to suggestions and elaborate on your...

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The "Perfect" College Essay Does Not Exist

(2) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 10:15 PM

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...

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Have You Made Your Final College Choice?

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 12:39 PM

Regardless of any wait lists that you decided to pursue, it is essential that you get an enrollment deposit submitted to a college where you have been accepted by May 1.

Making an informed and correct college choice is crucial.

Here are things to keep in mind.

There are...

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What to Know About College Admission Decisions

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 3:31 PM

With college admissions decisions recently released, those in high school can see how difficult it is to gain acceptance at more selective colleges. Regardless of a student's eventual college list, it is essential to take certain steps.

As high school seniors work away on their applications, questions frequently arise regarding...

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