Want to know what it takes to get into your dream schools? Everyone is familiar with the basic formula: great grades, excellent test scores, advanced classes, an impressive extracurricular resume as well as a demonstration of leadership, initiative, commitment to community, and intellectual rigor. Of course, central to the admissions packet are those amazingly interesting [...]
Filling out the Common Application can be tricky business. You need to pack the most information you can into very little space. Mastering the art of abbreviation is essential! Be strategic! The sample below represents a highly active, competitive student who was accepted to an elite school, early decision.
I was working with a student on a mock alumni interview a few weeks ago and threw this practice question out to her: “What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?” Her immediate response? “Apply for college!” Of course, I advised her not to use this answer, should she encounter the question with a real [...]
It is the best of times, it is the worst of times. In the year 2015, people have access to a breadth and depth of information unimaginable in an earlier age. Everyone contributes in some way, participating to create a living, breathing mediascape. So begins EPIC 2015, a quasi-documentary, quasi-sci-fi video narrative taking the viewer [...]
So you want to go to medical school but you don't want to major in the hard sciences as an undergraduate. Or you are not particularly interested in medical school but want to make your mark in the health field. Well there is a great major for you: Public Health. Many high school students think [...]
An admissions officer can spot a good personal statement in 5 seconds. How does yours avoid the yawn? A well-written admissions essay gets inside the head of its reader. It invites and engages. It is the final touch of your application, the punctuation on your profile. And it is considered a crucial (if not defining) [...]
If you are a high school student reading this post, you are probably ignoring your parents' wishes for you to become a biotech engineer, lawyer, doctor, etc., and instead you are pursuing your passion for creativity. Or perhaps, you are reading this with parents who are supportive of your quest to be artist. Either way, [...]
Ah, the admissions officer, that mysterious person tucked away behind stacks of applications holding the key to your future. Wouldn't you like to get inside that person's head? Well, you can--not by submitting an application you think an admissions officer wants to see, and not by telepathically influencing this person's decision, but by putting together [...]