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College Admissions Essay

Write a Personal Statement that Will Get You into College

Greg Kaplan | Posted 11.28.2016 | College
Greg Kaplan

You have the grades and SAT/ACT scores to get into your dream college. The problem is that tens of thousands of other applicants also have them. With ...

Does Volunteer Work Matter For College Admissions?

Ishan Puri | Posted 08.08.2016 | College
Ishan Puri

First you have to find your area of interest. Doing general volunteer work is almost never helpful for admission to the Top 100 colleges.

Guaranteed College Admissions Boost: Extracurricular Story

Ishan Puri | Posted 08.01.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Summertime is one of the best times for high school students. Daily routine and structured days give way to sunshine and mostly empty calendars. Apart from taking a much-needed break from academics, students should use their summers to expand on their interests.

Help! Myths and Mysteries: Q & A with Common Application Essay Tutor

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 07.12.2016 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

I recently had the pleasure of talking to a group of high school students in a summer writing program about college application essays.

College Counseling: Public vs. Private School - Which One Is Right For Me?

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.02.2016 | College
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Ishan Puri

Students change, so colleges are instead looking for dynamic individuals that are open-minded, capable of learning, and able to contribute back to their community. These traits can be show at either a private or public school.

How to Email Professors for Research Opportunities - College Counseling 101

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Many high school students interested in science would love the opportunity to research in a scientist's laboratory over the summer. Getting an interns...

What Does a Private College Counselor Do: College Admissions 101

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.13.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

"Applying for college is not what it used to be. It is insanely more competitive these days and if you can afford the help of a professional, get it" ...

Biking from the Park to the Job

Write for the Future | Posted 12.04.2016 | College
Write for the Future

by Christopher Lassiter The first moment on the job deceives me. I glance around the deserted High Gear Cyclery shop, wondering if keeping myself ...

The Invincible Decision

Write for the Future | Posted 11.05.2016 | College
Write for the Future

Community and friends versus my own heart: At the end of freshman season, I had to choose between succumbing to the pressure of pleasing others and following my true interests. In looking back, I tapped into the courage I found when I began to negotiate the boundaries of stereotyping.

The Barrel and the Bubble

Write for the Future | Posted 10.18.2016 | College
Write for the Future

If Gramps could create a better life after leaving his homeland in a barrel, I could handle smiling in a restaurant twice a week.

A Stolen Flute and the Search for Home

Write for the Future | Posted 10.09.2016 | College
Write for the Future

At 12, my family moved from Westchester, New York to Oak Park, Illinois. I felt like an outsider and hoped my love for music would connect me to a community of bandmates. On my first day, I opened my locker, reached for my flute and felt nothing.

Choose One Community

Write for the Future | Posted 10.02.2016 | College
Write for the Future

We believe in the right to education. We are the backbone of the Riverdale's Pencils of Promise club.

Lessons From Both Sides of the Family

Write for the Future | Posted 10.02.2016 | College
Write for the Future

by Bijan Saboori The plane lands at a small airport surrounded by dead yellow grass. Endless old beaten-down cars and trucks speed down the highway...

An Influence that Lives Far Beyond Death

Write for the Future | Posted 09.25.2016 | Education
Write for the Future

Despite the loss, I persevered. I decided to be the change we had so desperately wanted to see in the world. My dad was someone who listened. So to honor him now, I took his advice and assumed the strength of Assata Shakur. In doing so, I embraced the roots he planted. When my father died, an activist was born.

Brown Supplements

Write for the Future | Posted 09.25.2016 | College
Write for the Future

I was eight years old when I described to my mom the kind of college I wanted to attend. She said I was describing Brown, and the school has been my first choice ever since. I have not upheld most of the ideas I had at that age. However, my feelings for Brown have only grown stronger.

Tufts Supplements

Write for the Future | Posted 09.11.2016 | College
Write for the Future

by Tess Jacobson Which aspects of Tufts' curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short: "Why Tufts?" (50-100 words) ...

Middle Child Girl Power

Write for the Future | Posted 07.24.2016 | College
Write for the Future

was exhausted, frustrated, but refused to release the smile on my face. For two hours, I repeated the words "circle", "triangle" and "square" as I stood before a classroom in a small school in the Floating Villages of Cambodia.

A Rough Field for Everything... Everything but Race

Write for the Future | Posted 07.17.2016 | College
Write for the Future

Unfortunately, I will probably spend my whole life disproving the stereotypes inside the minds of others. I will be forced to carry myself in a clean cut way that does not promote any triggers of black male stereotypes. In doing so, I will continue to be praised as an exception with compliments that don't feel like real compliments.

Ask 'Why Cornell,' and My Answer Starts With an iPod

Write for the Future | Posted 05.01.2016 | College
Write for the Future

My versatility does not end with my iPod -- it trickles into my academic life from history to math. I am drawn to Cornell's College of Arts and Science for the opportunity to explore my diverse academic interests.

An Education That Starts With Morning Rhythms

Write for the Future | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

School for me does not start in the classroom. My lessons begin the minute I leave my house. My commute now shapes my identity in ways I never imagined when I decided to attend high school in the heart of Chicago.

Common App Overhauls Essay Prompts

Josh Stephens | Posted 05.31.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

The Common App released today a long-anticipated new set of prompts for the main essay (also known as the "personal statement"). They replace prompts that were instituted as part of the 2013 redesign of the Common App.

Saved by the Television Station

Write for the Future | Posted 05.20.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

My principal thought I should stick to sports when I approached him with the idea of Redwood TV, telling me, "Redwood TV will end up being a waste of your time and the school's time." I proved him wrong, and he is now one of the strongest supporters of the station.

First Job Blues: Battles and Lifelong Lessons

Write for the Future | Posted 05.13.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

I work very well with others and have always easily got along with most people. Given my personality, I never thought being a waitress at a retirement community restaurant would pose such a difficult challenge.

Good Habits Live Long

Write for the Future | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

My identity and story are built on passions and habits. For example, something in my mind and body prevents me from falling asleep without reading the hard copy of the front page of The New York Times every night.

Twin Views of George Washington University

Write for the Future | Posted 04.22.2015 | College
Write for the Future

It was love at the first class. I started studying French in sixth grade and it became my passion. Whenever I was alone, I spoke to myself in French. Eventually, thinking in French became second nature. French classes were not enough.