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8 Essential Tips For Writing Your College Essay

tv | Posted 12.10.2012 | Teen

By Sierra Tishgart Get personal! But not too personal! Avoid controversial topics! But be daring! It seems that everyone in your life -- your pare...

Dos And Don'ts Of The 'Additional Information' Section

| Posted 12.07.2012 | Teen

By Michelle King Most of the college application process is pretty cut and dry. Mom’s name? Easy. Date of SAT scores? Simple. Any additional info...

Organizing the College Application Process

Maura Kastberg | Posted 12.04.2012 | College
Maura Kastberg

There are many dates to keep track of, but using a calendar to lay it out and plan from can go a long way towards making things a little easier.

What To Do When Your Siggo Applies To A Different College

| Posted 12.03.2012 | Teen

By Megan McCluskey There’s no denying that trying to determine where you’re going to spend the next four years of your life can definitely stre...

5 Last Things You Should Know About Completing College Applications

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 02.02.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

With deadlines just around the corner, this is a friendly reminder that there is still time for students to give their applications more than just a last minute polish.

Why College Applications Can Be Complicated For Mixed-Race Teens

By Steffie Drucker and Josh Kalamotousakis Steffie Drucker is a senior at Niles North and Josh Kalamotousakis is a senior at Kennedy. They are st...

826LA's Great Los Angeles Personal Statement Weekend 2012

826LA | Posted 01.27.2013 | Education
826LA

Few things are more rewarding to me than helping someone accomplish a dream. So when 826LA needed volunteers for the Third Annual Great Los Angeles Personal Statement Weekend (GLAPSW) earlier this month, I jumped at the opportunity.

The Art of the Recommendation Letter

Randy Miller | Posted 01.25.2013 | College
Randy Miller

While test scores and grades can vouch for your intellect and memorization skills, they cannot vouch for your character. A recommendation letter can; and while a great recommendation may or may not achieve the desired goal, a poorly intended letter will do a disservice to any student.

The Blind Leading the Blind

Elaine Vilorio | Posted 01.21.2013 | Teen
Elaine Vilorio

I feel like I'm sliding down a torrential water slide. Senior year is here.

Applying to College? Here's How to Survive Thanksgiving

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.20.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Completing college applications can be hard work, work that often runs through the holiday season. Since everyone else is taking some time off, this would seem to be the perfect opportunity to hang out with your family. How could this possibly be a bad idea?

Meet Our 4 'Mission: Accepted' Bloggers!

Posted 11.19.2012 | Teen

"College admissions." If hearing these two words doesn't send a sudden, involuntarily shudder through your body, you're definitely not a high school s...

Mission: Sanity

Emily Truong | Posted 01.19.2013 | Teen
Emily Truong

I have to remind myself that all of this will be worth it -- maybe not right now, but in late March or April, when I receive acceptance letters from some of the colleges I'm applying to.

Guiding Fate

Toshe Ayo-Ariyo | Posted 01.19.2013 | Teen
Toshe Ayo-Ariyo

The next four months will be intense and rigorous, but I am ready for it. I am excited to see where this journey takes me. I cannot know my fate, but I can definitely guide it.

A Decision That Will Impact the Rest of My Life

Alberto Rangel | Posted 01.19.2013 | Teen
Alberto Rangel

School, cross-country, homework, bed: This has been my regular fall routine for the past four years. But now, I add college applications to this list.

Keep Calm and Apply On

Anangie Martinez | Posted 01.19.2013 | Teen
Anangie Martinez

Applying to college is daunting, but I started early. I don't want to panic and fall flat on my face. I want to keep calm and carry on. I want to rock it.

Thanksgiving for College Counselors

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.15.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

A handful will find their way into your office to say hello, many because they want to, some because they remember how nice you were to their application-deranged parents.

A Terrible Thing to Waste

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. | Posted 01.13.2013 | College
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

High school students hear a discouraging cacophony: "College costs too much. Students borrow too much. Too many students aren't college-ready." That's why we need to emphasize four key messages to those young people who have the talent and mindset to flourish in college.

Seven Really Smart Things to Do When Filling Out College Applications

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 01.13.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

When all is said and done, the best case for colleges admitting you is offering them a stellar application that articulates who you are as a student and person. Here are seven things you can do to make sure your application stands out from the crowd.

Don't Fail Facebook When Applying to College

Bant Breen | Posted 01.09.2013 | College
Bant Breen

Even after students write essays, provide test scores, receive good grades, and at times, have interviews, college admissions officers seem to want more information about applicants -- and they are turning to Facebook and Google to look for it.

College Applications and Community Service: The Real Reason it Matters

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.09.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Do colleges want students who engage in community service? You bet -- colleges are communities too, and they'll have a few bazillion things that need to get done. People who show they're willing to make a difference in the community are a great asset to any college.

Applying to College Requires Electoral Knowledge

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.09.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

College advising has the same mix of art and science as running for office; use the right data the right way, and students will reach the end of senior year with an array of postsecondary choices that are just right for them, and right just for them.

5 Tips on Applying to College

Scott Willyerd | Posted 01.05.2013 | College
Scott Willyerd

The college admissions process can be daunting for students and parents alike. It is all the more challenging for students without the benefit of a supportive family. Students navigating the system alone may benefit by this advice.

Finding College Application Calm After The Storm

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

College-bound seniors in the Eastern U.S. saw more than their college plans take a bump this week, as Hurricane Sandy hit land three days before the November 1st early application deadline for many colleges.

It's College Application Season: What I Wish I'd Known

Arden Phillips | Posted 12.25.2012 | College
Arden Phillips

As we near the end of October, college application season is in full swing. At this time last year I can vividly remember the stress and anticipation that hovered over me.

College Essay Hell

Nya Marie | Posted 12.25.2012 | Teen
Nya Marie

It may be a long and difficult process and it may seem unfair, but if it weren't for the college essay, we'd be nothing but a compilation of our transcript and standardized tests.