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Personal Growth, School Selection

At 3:20 pm Saturday, 13 April, 2019
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What to do When your dream college says no

You have the letter in your hand. You’re staring at your name neatly printed on the envelope, the logo of your dream college on the left-hand corner, and the envelope feels heavier than it is as if it’s holding your dreams along with the answer….

Personal Growth, School Selection

At 1:52 pm Saturday, 6 April, 2019
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Exploring Gap Year Options

In recent years, more students are rethinking the traditional path from high school to college. Malia Obama notably took a gap year before matriculating into Harvard, and in some countries such as Norway and Denmark, as many as 50% of teens take a gap year…

Scholarships & Financial Aid

At 1:45 pm Saturday, 6 April, 2019
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Understanding Student Loan Interest Rates

Student loans seem like a necessary evil, one you grudgingly accept to move forward in getting your degree. While they do provide the opportunity to pursue higher education, it is extremely important to understand exactly what makes them so tricky. Taking out a loan for…

Admissions Insight, School Selection

At 6:10 pm Friday, 29 March, 2019
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Understanding and Responding to being Waitlisted

Hearing back from colleges is an exciting and nerve-wracking time. You finally see your hard work pay off, but you also have to be strong in the face of disappointment. Unfortunately, this step of the college process has its own share of difficulties. While students…

Scholarships & Financial Aid

At 4:39 pm Friday, 29 March, 2019
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Understanding the Cost of College

While most aspects of attending university are exciting, there is one that is more intimidating than anything else. Naturally, this is the price tag that comes with your degree. One way to help reduce the financial stress is to understand the breakdown of the cost…

School Selection

At 1:57 am Saturday, 23 March, 2019
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Understanding the UC Transfer System

  “We give California community college students first priority over other transfer applicants, and many campuses offer guaranteed admission for well-prepared transfer students. Why? We know that transfer students add to the fabric of our UC community and arrive at our campuses with a diversity…

Admissions Insight, School Selection

At 1:44 am Saturday, 23 March, 2019
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How To Demonstrate Interest In Colleges

Demonstrated interest is a term that has gained a lot of popularity in the competitive college process. Simply put, demonstrated interest consists of any interaction you have with the college outside of the official application requirements. Demonstrated interest shows that you are curious about the…

Admissions Insight, School Selection

At 3:57 pm Saturday, 16 March, 2019
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Strategizing Your Recommendation Letters

Recommendations letters are often a required part of college applications that cause a surprising amount of stress in high schoolers. There’s no reason to be anxious about obtaining recommendations from your teachers, coaches, or other mentors, as long as you think critically about your strategy….

Extracurricular Activities

At 3:26 pm Saturday, 16 March, 2019
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What Extracurricular Activities To Take In The Summer

Summer is a time to relax, unwind, and prepare for the upcoming semester. But a good thing to keep in mind is that it is also a great time to take up some extracurriculars that showcase your interests as well as your strengths to the…

Grades & Academics

At 4:44 pm Saturday, 9 March, 2019
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How To Choose High School Classes (AP, IB, etc)

Your high school transcript is one of the most important parts of your college application. Colleges want to see that you earned the highest grades possible in the most challenging classes. But there are many options to choose from when it comes to high school…

School Selection

At 4:34 pm Saturday, 9 March, 2019
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College Tips From Those Who Made It

I sat down with John S, University of California, Berkeley graduate who majored in linguistics, to go over his application process. I was able to pick his brain on tips for students hoping to be admitted to top tier universities such as Berkeley.   Editor:…

Personal Growth

At 6:33 pm Saturday, 2 March, 2019
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How to Write a Strong College Essay When You Hate Writing

When it comes to the college application, it’s fine and dandy to write a college essay when you actually like to write. But how do you create a stunning essay when you hate writing? The answer is far more simple than you might think. A…

Extracurricular Activities, Personal Growth

At 6:11 pm Saturday, 2 March, 2019
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Choosing Summer Extracurricular Activities

Your extracurricular list is a way for you to show colleges that you’re more than just a test score. What you do outside of class highlights your passion, leadership skills, dedication, and drive. High school extracurriculars can extend to your college life, where clubs and…

Grades & Academics, Personal Growth, School Selection

At 9:50 pm Saturday, 23 February, 2019
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Sort Your Own College List

High school juniors enter the college process with a great range of knowledge about where to apply. You might have people in your life like older siblings, friends, or parents who have opinions on colleges. Many students are familiar with the schools in their city…

Personal Growth, School Selection

At 9:29 pm Saturday, 23 February, 2019
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Crafting Your Extraordinary Story From Your ‘Mundane’ Life

“I don’t know what to write for my personal essay; my life is so mundane.” If this thought crosses your mind as you stare at a blank document page, hoping inspiration will strike so that you can impress the college of your dreams, you’re in…

Scholarships & Financial Aid

At 2:28 am Sunday, 17 February, 2019
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Understanding Financial Aid

As you probably know, college tuition has been rising steeply for the last several decades. The price of education can present a significant challenge to many ordinary families, and you may have worries about how to pay for tuition as well as other costs associated…

Personal Growth, School Selection

At 4:18 am Friday, 15 February, 2019
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How do you know college is right for you?

We make decisions every day. However, one of the first major decisions that you will have to make is selecting which college to attend. Even if you have a good idea of where you want to go, it’s not a matter to take lightly. You…

School Selection

At 2:52 pm Friday, 8 February, 2019
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Should You Consider Online College?

  Deciding on a college is a huge step. There are so many elements to take into consideration, no wonder it’s overwhelming! And with the price of admission rising, the stress is only getting worse. However, there is an alternative to attending classes in person:…

SAT/ ACT Test Prep

At 2:45 pm Friday, 8 February, 2019
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Guide to Standardized Tests

Even as more colleges go test-optional, the majority of schools require applicants to submit an ACT or SAT score. What is the difference between these tests? How should you choose which test to take, or which score to submit? And what does all this have…

SAT/ ACT Test Prep, School Selection

At 9:38 pm Saturday, 2 February, 2019
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The Application Process: A Timeline

The Application Process: A Timeline   If you are considering applying to community college, some schools simply require that you enroll before classes start. Other schools may require you to enroll at least two or three weeks before the term starts; in order to ensure…

SAT/ ACT Test Prep

At 2:34 pm Saturday, 2 February, 2019
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Free SAT Resources

Free (SAT) Resources That Actually Help   When studying for the SAT, resources are necessary. Free resources are great. However, the true gems are the free resources that actually help. As you gear up to take the test, you’re already spending money on the official…

Personal Growth, School Selection

At 10:40 pm Saturday, 26 January, 2019
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The Role of 7 Character Strengths in the College Application Process     The VIA Character Institute lists seven character strengths that can make a big difference in a person’s success. These character strengths can be empowering in all aspects of your life, but become…

SAT/ ACT Test Prep

At 8:25 pm Saturday, 26 January, 2019
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SAT Goals: Using A Timeline

  SAT Goal Setting: What You Should Do (and what not to do)   The goal of taking the SAT is pretty straightforward; receive the highest score possible. The strategy to achieve that, however, is not nearly as clear. One way to reduce both the…