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What Your College Application Says vs. What You Really Mean

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 12.17.2014 | Teen

It's universal knowledge that filling out college applications can be a stressful experience. Even though you're proud of your accomplishments, you ma...

Didn't Apply in July? It's All Good

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.01.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It's chillier in most places now that it was in July, but that doesn't mean a college gets to leave you out in the cold.

College Admissions: Top 5 Mistakes Parents Make

Khanh Ho | Posted 12.01.2014 | College
Khanh Ho

The Fall College Application Season has arrived. And kids are showing up on college campuses nationwide, dressed in their finest duds, scouting out the hallowed halls of the ivory tower.

5 Pieces of Good News From a College Admissions Application Essay Counselor

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 08.30.2014 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

If you're not going to tackle any of the essays, make a chart of the schools you plan to apply to and the essay prompts required at each, with the number of words and the due dates.

Engaging Extracurriculars

Write for the Future | Posted 06.18.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

Twice a month the members of "pitch" sit in a quiet dark room during lunch. Every face assumes a blank stare for five minutes, as we sit in silence....

Poetry and Basketball Defeat a Scar

Write for the Future | Posted 06.03.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Zenobya Clarke When I was three, I fell off a couch and hit my head on the edge of a coffee table. My face was busted open; I needed twenty-si...

Are Problems with the Common Application Overhyped?

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 12.31.2013 | College
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Bianca Brooks I was so excited about applying to college that I started filling out the forms long before school began. I was only applying to one...

Common App Fixes Major Problems

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 10.17.2013 | Teen

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Students applying to colleges this fall could see fewer glitches with their online applications. An official with t...

Parents, Hold Your Breath and Let Your Child Breathe!

David Kanegis | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
David Kanegis

Become the ship's captain as you navigate the choppy waters of your child's college application process. Your child is now a 12th grader. It's Octob...

As You Fill Out Your College Application ...

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 11.30.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

As you write your application, be honest. You are an interesting and engaging individual. Tell them why. Use short sentences and active verbs. There is no excuse for poor spelling or punctuation.

4 Apps for Apps (College Apps, That Is)

Courtland Thomas | Posted 11.04.2013 | College
Courtland Thomas

College applications should not be immune to the improved productivity that results from smartphone apps; they can easily help any student safely fair the stressful process in today's technology-driven world.

6 Lessons We Can Learn From Gossip Girl

Courtland Thomas | Posted 10.12.2013 | College
Courtland Thomas

Avoid the "I was lost, and now I'm found" confession, and don't try the "I have a complicated past" essay prompt unless you can really pull it off. College admission officers don't want to read about highly vivid descriptions of illegal substances.

How to Communicate With Teachers for Thoughtful Recommendations

Joie Jager-Hyman | Posted 10.06.2013 | College
Joie Jager-Hyman

Believe it or not, it is not within teachers' job descriptions to write college recommendation letters! So, once your teacher has agreed to write a letter on your behalf, take the time to thank him or her for agreeing to write the recommendation.

5 Essential Rules for Writing Your College Essay

Joie Jager-Hyman | Posted 09.24.2013 | College
Joie Jager-Hyman

Here are five tips to help you get your creative juices flowing, discover good ideas, and put them onto paper for a piece of writing that genuinely stands out in a sea of clichés.

Four Things Student Athletes Can Do This Summer to Help Them This Fall

Joie Jager-Hyman | Posted 09.21.2013 | College
Joie Jager-Hyman

Being a recruited athlete is an easy way to "get to the front of the line" in the admissions process. However, the recruitment process is tedious and requires a significant time commitment on the part of the athlete -- to say nothing of the time which must be committed to the sport itself.

Making the Most of Your Campus Visit

Joie Jager-Hyman | Posted 09.15.2013 | College
Joie Jager-Hyman

School's out for summer -- unless you are a rising high school junior or senior, in which case you likely have college on the brain.

Common App Changes and What They Mean to Applicants

Courtland Thomas | Posted 08.27.2013 | College
Courtland Thomas

The topic changes should not be entirely surprising, as these were announced in February -- although the lack of freedom for a student to compose a topic of their own choice will still be hard to swallow.

Playing the Odds: College Admissions

Malcolm Gauld | Posted 05.29.2013 | College
Malcolm Gauld

Not only do today's high school seniors apply to as many as 12-15 colleges, they seem surrounded by adult "handlers." As we move into the highest anxiety phase of the annual college application cycle, I offer a few words of advice.

Run Scared

Dr. Roger H. Hull | Posted 04.22.2013 | College
Dr. Roger H. Hull

From my experience, whenever I felt we had things under control, we ran into problems. Complacency breeds failure. Don't succumb to it. Instead, keep the pressure on everyone, including mainly you.

'So, The Common App Is Done... What's Next?'

Toshe Ayo-Ariyo | Posted 03.31.2013 | Teen
Toshe Ayo-Ariyo

My laptop became my best friend, accompanying me everywhere I went: on the car ride to San Diego with my family, on trips to the grocery store. I didn't want to waste any opportunity to edit and improve my essays.

Do So-Called 'Advanced Classes' Really Help Us?

Charissa Newkirk | Posted 03.30.2013 | Teen
Charissa Newkirk

I want to know that when I go to college in the fall that I am as prepared as possible, and I believe many other seniors feel the same way. But we now live in a world of "close enough."

Is A Women's College Right For You?

| Posted 10.11.2012 | Teen

By Alicia Thomas As your senior year of high school flies by, you’re faced with a million choices about where you want to go to college next year...

The Dos And Don'ts Of Choosing Colleges

| Posted 09.14.2012 | Teen

By Caroline Finnegan The right college should fit you just like your favorite pair of jeans. If you’re comfortable and feel great, it will enhanc...

Five Reason Why You Should Set Aside Your Surfboard and Write Your Common Application Essay Now

Robert S. Schwartz | Posted 09.11.2012 | College
Robert S. Schwartz

This summer, my phone has been ringing more than usual with rising seniors looking to get their college application essays "saved" and out of the way. So here's 5 reasons why those smart, motivated students definitely have the right idea.

'My Secret Strategy To Getting A Scholarship? Applying!'

About the author: Julianne is a senior at Elk Grove and a reporter for The Mash, a weekly teen publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools. ...