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Kevin McMullin

Kevin McMullin is the founder and Head of Talent at Collegewise. He is the author of If the U Fits: Expert Advice on Finding the Right College and Getting Accepted and pens at least one entry every day here on his blog. Kevin is a graduate of UC Irvine with majors in English and history (where he answered, “What will you do with those majors?” approximately 783 times), and he has a college counseling certificate from UCLA.

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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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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College Essays

Common App Essay Topics
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By Kevin McMullin
September 27, 2021 | 5 minute read

Let change be your guide. Every college applicant has a story worth sharing. And the Common App’s  2021-22 essay prompts offer seven different options to share yours. But that variety of...

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College Essays

Looking for a Personal Statement Outline?
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By Kevin McMullin
September 20, 2021 | 3 minute read

When a Collegewise counselor brainstorms an essay with one of our students, we present them with a suggested outline to get them started on their first draft. But each outline (and...

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College Essays

How to Write a College Application Essay
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By Kevin McMullin
September 13, 2021 | 3 minute read

The college essay often feels like a treasure hunt where every applicant is searching for an elusive magic formula. I’ll let you off the hook—there isn’t one. If there were one perfect...

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