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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.

Advice for Parents College Applications

Five Application Management Tips for Parents
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By Kevin McMullin
September 8, 2021 | 4 minute read

I spend a lot of time here reminding parents that your most important college-admissions-related job is to be the parent of your applicant. Love your student unconditionally. Remember...

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College Essays

How Important Is the Common App essay?
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By Kevin McMullin
September 6, 2021 | 4 minute read

Of the nearly 900 colleges that invite first-year applicants to apply using the Common Application, many—but not all—require that you include a written essay responding to one of seven...

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College Essays

How to Start a Personal Statement Essay
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By Kevin McMullin
August 18, 2021 | 4 minute read

Give them a glimpse of the story to come. First impressions matter, in life and in college essays. When you apply to college, you have an engaged audience in an admissions reader,...

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College Essays

Five Ways to Go Wrong in College Essays
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By Kevin McMullin
July 28, 2021 | 4 minute read

Editor’s note: For students looking to get ahead with college essays this summer, we’re bringing back some of our favorite (and best) advice on the topic from our founder Kevin McMullin....

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College Applications

Applying to College This Fall? Make Sure You're Running the Right Race
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By Kevin McMullin
July 14, 2021 | 2 minute read

If you’re a senior preparing to apply to college this fall, you’ve probably been advised, nudged, or even nagged to “work on your applications over the summer.” It’s good advice. We’ve...

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Life Advice for Teens

Resolve to Create a Healthy Habit
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By Kevin McMullin
January 6, 2021 | 3 minute read

Ah, New Year’s Resolutions. We’re so brimming with confidence when we make them. We promise ourselves not to break them this year. But somehow, all that fortitude and gumption we were...

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