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Author: Elise Gout

Elise writes articles for the Magoosh SAT blog to help teenagers during an exciting time in their lives. Despite residing in Southern California, where she attends San Dieguito Academy high school, she has no surfing abilities whatsoever; it’s actually rather sad. She is your typical senior high school girl who sword fights daily, and is pretty much convinced that bananas are a food sent from heaven. Elise will attend Columbia University next fall to study environmental science.

Elise Gout

Public vs. Liberal Arts Schools

While soon-to-be-graduates everywhere are ready to put college on the back burner for a couple of months and bask in the glory of their final summer at home, there are just as many soon-to-be-seniors staring down the start of the application process. Within the United States alone there are thousands of unique schools, and sorting […]

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Steps to Getting a Summer Job

With summer at our fingertips, it’s that time to be seeking out summer jobs and, if you’re a senior, earning some money pre-college. That being said, if you’re unfamiliar with it, the path to employment can be a bit tricky to navigate. Below is a step-by-step walk through of what to generally be prepared for. […]

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5 To-Do’s Before Graduation

Whether you’re rejoicing or mourning at the conclusion of the school year, the days we’ve got left are disappearing fast. It’s a weird kind of time for seniors, one in which nobody really knows how to feel. Nostalgic about our fleeting youth? Excited for the transition into “adulthood”? There’s definitely some fear and anxiety that […]

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That Summer Before Senior Year

As consumed by finals as you may be (or may not be, if you’re an intelligent senior… I am not one of those), you can start finding solace in the fact that the end is near. I’m talking breakfasts at 11:00 a.m. Afternoons by the beach. Evenings catching up on every Netflix movie that you somehow haven’t seen yet. Summer 2015, here we come!

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Before Your AP Test

Welcome to AP testing. Hopefully, by this point, you’ve already started studying. And if you haven’t, I highly suggest that you stop reading this blog post immediately and crack open the nearest review book. (You can mail me a thank you letter later). These two weeks are inundated with pockets of stress and fleeting moments […]

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Wait, I’m Wait-listed? – Some FAQ’s about What to Do

  Receiving a spot on a wait list can put you in one of the most precarious situations during the college acceptance season. There really is no clear-cut explanation for what it entails, and more often than not the notifications read like some ex-boyfriend’s way of letting you down easy. So if you, like many […]

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How to Stay Awake and Aware

Oh, to be a junior – in all of my seventeen years (and nine months), I have yet to encounter a time when I was more desperate for 25-hour days. You’re constantly pulled in a dozen directions (whilst being scolded for not achieving that healthy eight-hour sleep quota), and by the end of the week, […]

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Making the Choice

If you are reading this post, a pretty huge congratulations is due because you did it! You got into college, and that alone is an immensely significant feat to be proud of. Now, chances are, you are faced by a whole new kind of problem: making the choice. Every single school, no matter how similar […]

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Five Tips to Approaching AP Tests

AP testing – the May tradition in which high school students across the country experience the urge to curl into the fetal position, hug their childhood stuffed animals, and softly cry themselves to sleep. Its one of the most daunting parts of high school, particularly for juniors, but a few simple tricks can keep the […]

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What Not to Wear: College Interview Edition

Two weeks ago, you pressed ‘Submit’. And for a split second it was like everything inside of you turned into a gooey mush. Partially from the terror. Partially from the relief. Another college application down. Another check off of the list. Another school name you can completely shove into that dark place in your mind […]

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