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Casey Near

Casey Near is the Executive Director of Counseling at Collegewise. In 2013, she opened the first Collegewise expansion office in the Bay Area and found her true professional fit. After a year of backpacking and working around the world in 2016 (and collecting a few stories along the way), she returned to her counseling roots to work from our Newton office.

College Essays

Debunking College Essay Myths
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By Casey Near
August 27, 2019 | 0 minute read

One of the biggest myths about college essays is that you need to "sound impressive" (what's that mean anyway)? Long-time counselor Casey Near walks you though the myths, debunks them,...

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Choosing a College

6 Tips For Picking A College
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By Casey Near
June 4, 2019 | 2 minute read

1. Know yourself Instead of overreaching to please others, you should take an inventory of what works well for you now. Ask yourself, "What do I really gravitate toward right now? How do...

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College Research

Best Questions to Ask on College Visits
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By Casey Near
March 26, 2019 | 2 minute read

One of the ways to get the most out of your limited time on a college visit is to ask meaningful questions. The two most common on-campus experiences for prospective students (the...

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Choosing a College

Debunking Myths about Women's Colleges
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By Casey Near
June 7, 2018 | 2 minute read

"Wait, those still exist?!" That’s the number one thing I hear when I share that I went to a women's college or when I bring one up for a student to research. It's usually because, in...

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College Research

The Best Questions to Ask on College Visits
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By Casey Near
March 16, 2018 | 2 minute read

One of the ways to get the most out of your limited time on a college visit is to ask meaningful questions. The two most common on-campus experiences for prospective students (the...

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