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August 30, 2016

When your student's college application list is finalized (late August/early September is best), it's time to see just how many essays s/he will be writing in total. Most schools will get the core "common app" personal statement essay, but many others will require one or more "supplemental" essays. A master list organizes the essays, and reduces stress wh...

August 23, 2016

Well, It's almost September, and since most of you will be applying early action if not early decision, it's close to the time to finalize your college list. If you are like most students, then 8-12 schools is enough. Let's plan on 10, with 3 academic "reach" schools, 4 "target" schools, and 3 "safety" schools. Your list may still have 15 or 20 on it so i...

August 16, 2016

As college application time nears, I remind cllients of one of my favorite tips, this one from Chisholm and Ivey's How To Prepare A Standout Application, regarding telling your story in the application. Telling a coherent and compelling story about your life, with those themes consistently weaved throughout the application, are what help admissions office...

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