Subscribe Here!

More expert advice

Picture of Casey Near

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.

What Colleges Look For

Questions to Consider for Junior Year
Picture of Casey Near
By Casey Near
September 1, 2021 | 6 minute read

When I worked in admission, it was common to hear colleagues talk about the importance of junior year, a story we told over and over to eager high school students visiting our campuses....

Continue Reading

College Essays

How to Write the “Academic Interests” Supplemental Essay
Picture of Casey Near
By Casey Near
August 25, 2021 | 6 minute read

If you’re a senior starting to work on supplemental essays for college applications this fall, it’s likely you’ve encountered some version of this question: what do you want to study,...

Continue Reading

College Essays

Doing the "Why Us?" Supplemental Essay Well
Picture of Casey Near
By Casey Near
August 5, 2021 | 3 minute read

This is the classic supplemental essay question – "Why are you interested in us?" – and it's a tricky one to do well. Colleges want to make sure you've been an astute college shopper. ...

Continue Reading

Choosing a College

What's a Good College in 2021?
Picture of Casey Near
By Casey Near
May 26, 2021 | 11 minute read

Over the last year, I’ve done a lot of reading. It became my quarantine hobby of choice. From memoir to manga to anything the local librarian recommended, I read it all.   Regardless of...

Continue Reading

College Research

The Collegewise Guide to Women's Colleges
Picture of Casey Near
By Casey Near
February 24, 2021 | 4 minute read

Author’s note: this letter also appears at the opening of our updated Guide to Women's Colleges, which you can now find on our Resources page.

Continue Reading

Testing/Test Prep

To Test or Not To Test: Junior Edition
Picture of Casey Near
By Casey Near
January 13, 2021 | 7 minute read

Author’s note: writing about standardized testing for the last year has felt like juggling whilst on a circus ball; there are a million moving parts, and the ground is shifting beneath...

Continue Reading

Submit a Comment

Subscribe to Email Updates