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College Essay Q&A: The Applicant

I get questions all the time. Here’s a popular one I receive from applicants... Q: Why can't I write about sports? A: Here's the thing with writing about sports, inevitably, the essay becomes about the game itself. You either won ("hard work paid off") or lost ("I...

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College Essay Q&A: The Parent

I get questions all the time. Here’s a popular one I receive from parents…. Q: How important is the essay really? A: Very! Think about it, you have about 5 minutes, the time it takes for admissions officers to read the personal statement. A good story, well told,...

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College Essay Q&A: The Applicant

I get questions all the time. Here’s a popular one I receive from applicants... Q: Can I write my personal statement about an internship I did? A: Yes, and no. Yes, you can, but the entire essay shouldn't be about that experience. Why? Because it's already on your...

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College Essay Q&A: The Parent

I get questions all the time. Here’s a popular one I receive from parents…. Q: We really don't want our daughter writing essays in the late summer and fall. When do you think we can start with you? A: Great question! Summers are busy for applicants - camp, a summer...

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College Essay Q&A: The Applicant

I get questions all the time. Here's a popular one I receive from applicants.... Q: What do I write about when I have nothing to write about?! A: YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO WRITE ABOUT! You just don't know what it is yet. What you're obsessing over is that you've never had...

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Five Things I Know About College Admissions

1. Where you apply means more than it ever has. Parents and applicants put a lot of time and effort into their school list. Too often I hear, "Stanford is my dream school!" Dreams are good. But a dream that has little chance of becoming a reality is not. I encourage...

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Legacy Admissions Are No More In Colorado

In a very interesting move, Colorado has a new law making it illegal for admissions officers at colleges and universities in Colorado to give preferential treatment to legacy applications. Read about it here:

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Test Optional Is Not What You Think It Is

This year was brutal for college applicants. Applications were up big time, some (I'm looking at you, Colgate!) were up more than 100%. And while schools are for the most part continuing test optional for this application cycle, that doesn't mean it's a boulevard of...

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