One of the most important things students will do during the college admissions process is develop a balanced list of schools to which to apply. Ideally, this list sets students up to apply to a range of colleges, with varying probability of admission.
I already long for those July mornings when all I had to worry about was getting myself fed and dressed. Or sip my coffee and read the paper in a quiet kitchen while the boys sacked in 'til noon.
"I think the most important part of writing compelling characters is empathizing with each one in one way or another, even if it's not the most obvious way."
You're not alone in feeling like you're walking through a treacherous jungle this time of year. When it comes to the college-application essays, many parents believe they're stepping forward onto firm ground, only to discover that they've landed themselves -- and their son or daughter -- in quicksand.
Our nation is at a cultural crossroads for LGBTQ equality, and it's time for our institutions of higher education to follow suit.
Be in the spotlight. Avoid long descriptions of others, or lists of heroes. A brief mention is fine, but keep yourself center stage. We are eager to meet you, so don't bring a crowd. We only have enough focus for you.
Frequently asked question by family, friends and yes even strangers during senior year.
It's Saturday, August 15, we're teachers, and we just survived the first week of school. Don't worry -- I'm not here to complain about it! I want to tell you why it's all worth it -- and how you can make it even better this year.
Students may also be sampling different foods and tastes for the first time, and they may indulge in over eating and excess alcohol in an effort to fit in and make new friends. Advice for students entering freshman year:
Every one of these academically outstanding schools has a profile in the book and on our website chock-full of direct quotes from those students, offering you a campus snapshot with #nofilter.
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.
I hope the information in this blog helps you complete the Common Application confidently and as thoroughly as you can. Remember, colleges only know you from what you say to them in your application. Give them the best of what you have to offer.
If you happen to be entering your senior year of high school, first I'd like to say, congratulations and I am sorry.
As a professional application-essay coach, I regularly encounter students with well-intentioned but misguided strategies for their college-application essays. And how students approach this task often determines acceptance or rejection.
Education is not a game. It should be a rich, cooperative, loving process. Holleran and Worrell-Breeden are just two vivid, painful examples of the consequences of seeing education as a data-driven, competitive enterprise.
Late last spring, Princeton University Students for Prison Education and Reform presented the school's president with a petition containing over 1000 signatures, calling for the school to cease using the Common Application's questions about prior criminal and disciplinary histories.