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Nicole Pilar

Nicole graduated from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA where she also worked as an outreach coordinator for the Claremont Colleges Debate Union, overseeing hundreds of tournaments across the LA metro area and tabulating middle and high school national championships. While at Collegewise, her students have gone on to attend, among others, Purdue, UCLA, University of Washington, SMU, Wake Forest, Princeton University, and the University of Southern California. In her free time, Nicole will be found reading The Economist, smelling bath bombs at LUSH, judging contestants on “The Bachelor/ette” and geeking out about all things college.

Testing/Test Prep

Understanding the impact of eliminating SAT Subject Tests
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By Nicole Pilar
January 27, 2021 | 7 minute read

On Tuesday, January 19th, the College Board organization announced that it was eliminating the SAT Subject Test program and SAT essay component this year (full statement here). Once this...

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College Applications

10 Tips to Ace Your UC Application
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By Nicole Pilar
September 16, 2020 | 6 minute read

Ah, fall. That wonderful time of year when school begins (in some parts of the world), sweaters start to come out of hibernation, and everything seems to have “pumpkin spice” flavoring....

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Life Advice for Teens

Give Credit Where Credit is Due
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By Nicole Pilar
May 1, 2018 | 2 minute read

Mr. Bonfigli was an institution at my high school. One of the best high school basketball coaches in California, he led our basketball team to numerous sectional titles and to state...

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