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College Admissions Calm Case Study 3: Embrace The Winding Road

Wouldn’t it be great if our teens picked a career in ninth grade and followed that clear trajectory throughout high school and college, ultimately landing that matching dream job? Whew! That would be relaxing. But guess what? Most teens (and lives) don’t work that way. And neither does admissions. When I first met Thomas in the [...]

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“We think our daughter should major in finance or plant biology,” Alicia’s mom announced during our initial meeting a few years back. Hmm, I thought to myself, other than AP Bio on her transcript and some casual foraging activity while camping, I saw no strong case for plant biology. Same for finance. “What do you [...]

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College Admissions Calm Case Study 1: Personal Growth Leads the Way

When I first met Tyler just before applying to college, I knew that her story of conflict would pave the way to her dream schools. A few months before, Tyler had made one of the hardest decisions of her life: she cut ties with a collaborating student group just before a big event, causing upset [...]

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College Admissions Calm Case Study 2: Break it Down

When I first met Matt as a high school freshman, he was a shy guy lacking specific interests who liked to play video games. As you might imagine, he also lacked time-management skills. By the time Matt applied to college in the fall of 2016, he had written blog posts for San Francisco’s Academy of [...]

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Admissions Survival Kit Tool #5: 8 Keys To Making Your Summer Stand Out

School is out, and it's summer vacation! Now what? Colleges will look closely at your academic years, but they're also very interested in how you spend your summers. So, how can you use this time most effectively? Finding the right summer activities can really give you an edge as you build your admissions profile. Summer [...]

Admissions Survival Kit Tool #4: Three Powerful Steps to Manage Time

So many decisions to make, so much to do, deadlines all around: schoolwork, extracurricular activities, sports, internships... So much to accomplish, but you don’t know how to fit it all in. How can you manage your time for maximum success? We’ve got three simple secrets to get you on the right track. 1: Work smarter, [...]

Admissions Survival Kit Tool #3: Five Steps to a Head-Turning Resume

You’ve got the right experiences and activities, but how do you make sure admissions officers, internship coordinators, and award decision-makers know how truly awesome you are? The best tool to accomplish this important feat is a well-crafted resume. Use our Student Resume Guide to get started! You’ll find 5 Steps to a Head-Turning Resume, a [...]

Admissions Survival Kit Tool #2: Which Extracurricular Activities Do Colleges Want to See?

Sorry, wrong question! But we knew it would get your attention because that’s the question everyone always asks. They also ask, “How many extracurricular activities should I have?” This also is the wrong question. Admissions committees don’t think like that. What they want to see displayed throughout your activities are unique examples of what we call the Five [...]

Admissions Survival Kit Tool #1: Defining Your Interests for Admissions Success

Feeling pressure to know what your major will be? Not sure if your resume is competitive for your dream major? Let us help! Our years of experience have given us a lot of insight… and one HUGE secret we’ve learned is this: Admissions officers don’t look for well-rounded students -- they build well-rounded classes. Admissions [...]

How do you get students to write amazing admissions essays?

It is always such a treat to share my practice with other editors. That’s because I believe that the admissions process, and most especially admissions essay writing, can be a monumental experience for students who come to welcome it as an important exercise in personal growth. There’s no need to dread the personal statement! Without [...]