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Author: Maddi Lee

Maddi is currently a high school junior in southern California. She is an avid freelance writer and has been featured in multiple literary publications and anthologies. When she isn't writing, she loves traveling, doodling, and most of all, sleeping. Through her own experience and passion, she hopes to help guide fellow students through the roller coaster that is SAT and college admissions...that is, as long as she survives the journey herself!

Maddi Lee

Where is my college app going?

Where is your college application going? A lot of the stress that comes with the college application process is the unfamiliarity of all. Believe it or not, there isn’t a College Admission God who judges your application and crushes all your dreams. Neither is it as simple as one person stamping “accept” or “reject” over […]

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10 Productive Ways to Waste Time

Procrastination gets a really bad rep when you think about it. Everyone’s always talking about ways you can stop procrastinating…but did you know? Wasting time can actually be one of the best decisions you made today! There are tons of ways you can waste time in a fun, yet productive manner. (Which technically isn’t considered […]

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How Your Personality Type Can Help You Win at Studying

I have been rabidly obsessed with MBTI for about two years now. I’ve read way too many articles, researched for way too many hours, and generally become way too interested in psychology (especially for someone who is mentally insane!). What is MBTI? It stands for Myer-Briggs Type Indicator, and it was engineered by renowned psychologist […]

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How to Win at Extracurriculars

“This’ll look good on my college app!” Ah, the mantra of high school upperclassmen. If you’re around any over-achieving high schoolers, you’ll probably be hearing this a lot. In an age of extreme college entrance competitiveness, it’s easy to fall into the “extracurricular trap”: piling on a bunch of extracurricular activities just because it’ll boost […]

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How Positive Thinking Benefits Test-Takers

It´s hard not to imagine worst-case scenarios as test day looms ever closer, but did you know this could actually harm your test score? Being pessimistic is not only worse for your health in the long run, but it also results in less productivity and more stress. There is a key difference between pessimism and […]

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Why Every High Schooler Should Study Abroad

This summer, I spent a month studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I do not regret it. This is going to sound disgustingly cheesy, but words cannot describe how much I’ve learned these past four weeks…not just in terms of Spanish, but also in terms of life lessons and my own personal growth. What surprises […]

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Books You Need to Read (That Aren’t on Your Summer Reading List)

Summer is the perfect time to finally get to your reading list — and though you might want to re-read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for the third time, or buy the entire Young Adult section of your nearest Barnes & Noble — there’s always another part of your life for the SAT to […]

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Five TED Talks You Should Watch Before Taking the SAT

Ted talks are amazing presentations by experts in various fields. They’re also great ways to waste time and not feel like a complete vegetable. But did you know they can also help you on the SAT? These five TED talks are great ways to learn some last-minute skills and hone a healthy pre-test-day mentality…check them […]

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High School Freshman Year Bucket List

Contrary to what some sources claim, your freshman year of high school does matter. For tons of incoming freshmen, this year will mark the beginning of the long, arduous journey to college. And if you’re a freshman, though you certainly don’t have to stress over college this early, this is a great year to get […]

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How to Stay Focused During the SAT

There are tons of tips on how to prepare for the SAT before test day, but what about when you actually enter the test room? Staying sharp and focused during the exam is an art in itself, and it can make quite a big difference in your score. A clear and concentrated mind is less […]

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