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College Admissions Essays

3 College Admissions Trends to Look For in 2017

Ishan Puri | Posted 09.30.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

By Vincent Nicandro Last year, we talked about three trends in college admissions to look for 2016. Now that the 2016 admissions season has come and ...

The Biggest College Admissions Myth

Ishan Puri | Posted 09.30.2016 | College
Ishan Puri

There is no formula in college admissions, and for that reason it can be easy to pick and chose what ideals we think schools most value. We dream up m...

Does my faith matter when applying to a religiously-affiliated school?

Ishan Puri | Posted 09.22.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Whether you are religious or not, it would be difficult to deny the impressive academics that certain religiously-affiliated universities and colleges...

Why Being Authentic, Not Competitive, May Be Your Ticket To A Top College

Ishan Puri | Posted 09.22.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

By Anirudh Kumar There's no question about it -- high-tier colleges get more and more selective each year. Schools select from the best applicants, m...

When Safety Schools Aren't Safety Schools

Ishan Puri | Posted 09.22.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

By Vincent Nicandro Though they are often one of the most overlooked parts of the college search, safety schools are actually a very critical compone...

3 Questions a Successful College Application Essay Answers

Ishan Puri | Posted 09.15.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Tell us about yourself. Discuss an issue about which you are passionate. Explain why you want to attend our university. Talk about a time you overcame a challenge. Discuss your favorite academic subject.

'Why This School?' Should Be The First Admissions Essay You Write

Ishan Puri | Posted 09.15.2016 | College
Ishan Puri

You find that most schools like to ask for an explanation of why you are interested in attending their school. Were you thinking about that essay when you began narrowing down your list of schools to which you were going to apply? You should have been if you want to improve your chances of admission.

How to Get Into Your Dream College

Ishan Puri | Posted 09.12.2016 | College
Ishan Puri

You don't have to give up on your dream school. With a little advance planning, you can increase the odds in your favor that you may, in fact, get into the school of your dreams.

Acing Your College Admissions Interview

Ishan Puri | Posted 09.12.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

It's unavoidable: the interview is a quintessential step in the admissions process that many applicants dread. But it doesn't have to be this way. Read on for tips and tricks to ensure that your next college admissions interview is a success.

Safeties, Matches, and Reaches: Building a College List

Ishan Puri | Posted 09.09.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

One of the most daunting aspects of applying to colleges is actually deciding where to apply to college. But where do you start looking, and how do yo...

Leadership: What Admissions Officers Really Want to See

Ishan Puri | Posted 09.08.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

"Leadership" is a major buzzword in college admissions; it is found across applications through essay supplements, work experience, and extracurricula...

Building a Team and A Culture: Silicon Valley Insights

Ishan Puri | Posted 09.07.2016 | Business
Ishan Puri

Business is about teamwork. At Synocate, I have learned that the team is one of the most important factors in success. In addition to the team, buildi...

How Much Time Should I Spend on College Applications?

Ishan Puri | Posted 09.06.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

At Synocate many juniors and seniors in high school ask us how long they should be spending on writing admissions essays, filling out the Common Appli...

6 Ways to Improve Your College Admissions Chances

Ishan Puri | Posted 09.06.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

By Dennis Bua and Ishan Puri Recommendation letters are an important part of a student's college application. It is a misconception that the student ...

BS/MD Programs: How to Prepare

Ishan Puri | Posted 04.27.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Many students and parents are interested in 7 and 8 year direct medical or dental programs. These programs allow students to go through undergraduate ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

I Can Tell You Now -- Their Essays Were Meh

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.19.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

This is the second year in a row college admissions officers have told me that application essays, as a group, were pretty disappointing. They use phrases like "they're writing too safe" and "we appreciate the effort," but what they mean is clear; they were given celery when they were looking for steak.

Writing College Essays: 7 Tips With An Emphasis on the 'Writing' Part

Courtland Thomas | Posted 10.06.2012 | College
Courtland Thomas

You want something that captures your emotions and bottles your thoughts into an Aladdin mantle lamp to hand to the admissions officer, and your writing is the strongest way to land in the heart of your reader.