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College Essays

How to Write a College Transfer Essay
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By Kevin McMullin
October 25, 2021 | 3 minute read

Students applying to transfer to a different college usually don’t have to worry about taking the SATs or balancing AP classes like you did in your high school days. But you’ll probably...

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College Applications

How to Craft the Perfect College Application
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By Meredith Graham
October 20, 2021 | 4 minute read

We get questions on this topic all the time. How do I write a perfect essay? How do I create a perfect application? How do I become the perfect college applicant? Well, here’s the...

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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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