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College Essays

Looking for college essay examples?
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By Kevin McMullin
October 18, 2021 | 3 minute read

Be careful where you look for essay inspiration. When I was preparing to apply to college, someone gifted me a book containing what the author promised were successful college essays. I...

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Advice for Parents

Don't Let Fear Drive the Bus
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By Kevin McMullin
October 13, 2021 | 2 minute read

Fear can sometimes be a healthy emotion. That big upcoming chemistry test, that big game next week, that big dog baring its teeth–fear can put an end to dawdling and move you to...

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Testing/Test Prep

National Merit Scholarship Qualifications
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By Stefanie Toye
October 11, 2021 | 7 minute read

What is the PSAT and what does it look like? How is it related to National Merit? The PSAT is an abbreviated form of the SAT test and has the same 4 required sections as the SAT...

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What Colleges Look For

Extracurriculars: Exploring and Exploiting
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By Arun Ponnusamy
October 6, 2021 | 3 minute read

One of the cringier questions that admissions officers are commonly asked at college fairs—virtual or in-person—is some version of, “How many hours of community service do I need to get...

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Testing/Test Prep

Who Can (and Should) Take the PSAT?
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By Michal Goldstein
October 4, 2021 | 4 minute read

Who Can Take the PSAT? This is a surprisingly nuanced question, but depending on your school and your grade level, nearly everyone from the 8th grade through the 11th grade may take the...

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Financial Aid/Scholarships

Need Help Paying For College?
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By Kevin McMullin
September 29, 2021 | 2 minute read

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the starting point for accessing need-based aid. It’s the single most important step to acquiring the financial assistance you...

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