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Category: Guest Post

Kim Lifton

College Essay Advice: “Trust Yourself”

Check out this post from our friends at Wow Writing Workshop, and an excerpt from their new book, How to Write an Effective College Application Essay, The Inside Scoop for Parents. Year after year, students say they cannot write, or they despise it. We don’t believe them. You shouldn’t, either. Before we start working with […]

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Guest Author

What You Need to Know About the New Common App Essay Prompts

This post was written by Susan Knoppow, CEO of Wow Writing Workshop, and originally appeared on the Wow blog. Have you seen the two new essay prompts on the Common Application? Every few years, the Common App, a tool used by more than 700 colleges to help students apply seamlessly to multiple schools, updates its […]

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Linda Abraham

How to Demonstrate Passion in Your Essays

What do you think of when you hear the word passion? Definitely not an accountant. But adcoms are looking for passion in their applicants. So how are you, a computer expert, a bio major, or even an accountant, going to create an essay that demonstrates the passion they’re looking for?   When you think “passion,” […]

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Hannah Smith

How to Strategize Your Common App Activities List

This post was written by our friends at Ingenius Prep. The Common App activities list is your opportunity to provide an admissions officer with a “snapshot” of who you are as an applicant. It’s one of the best ways that you can set yourself apart from the rest of the applicant pool, and show why […]

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Frances Wong

8 Tips on College Tours

Spring break is the best time of the year to go on your college tour. The weather is generally more pleasant, and you get to visit when campus is alive with college students. So, how do you make the most out of your college tour? We have a few tips for you: 1. Make sure […]

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Kim Lifton

How to Prepare for the College Application Journey

From our friends at WOW Writing Workshop. Originally posted on the WOW Writing Workshop blog.   This time of year, every year, many moms and dads with high school juniors (and even sophomores!) start to get nervous. Seniors are either done, or at the end of the college admissions process; some have been admitted to […]

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Ryan Hammill

What to Look for in a College Visit

It’s spring break season, and summer is just around the corner. The last thing you want to do is sit inside and create a giant spreadsheet to help you compare every aspect of every school that you’ve ever considered going to. Luckily, it’s actually more useful to go visit colleges than it is to obsessively […]

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Frances Wong

6 Benefits of Studying Abroad

There’s a reason why you chose to attend the college you’re currently at, so why would you voluntarily leave a place you chose to call home for 4 years? Well, if it’s to study abroad for a semester, you may just be making the right choice. Freshmen and sophomore often consider studying abroad for a […]

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Kim Lifton

Life Just Got Easier for Students Who Need Accommodations on ACT and SAT

Are you taking the ACT on April 8 or the SAT on May 6? If you have a disability and need extra time, a reader, or space in a separate room to take either test, you should not have any trouble getting accommodations.   Both the College Board (which administers the SAT) and ACT Inc. […]

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Eric Allen

8 Tips for Surviving the College Application Process

Applying to college can be a source of stress for many families…here are a few tips to make the process more bearable. 1. Start early Keep early in perspective; we’re not talking preschool here. Freshman and sophomore year you should focus on excelling academically and finding hobbies you’ll stick with. Junior year you should get […]

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