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How Will Suspension for Drinking on School Trip Affect Accepted Student?
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How Will Suspension for Drinking on School Trip Affect Accepted Student?

Question: My son has already been accepted to his college of choice. However, very recently on a school trip, he and 11 others w…

Applicant Profiling
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Applicant Profiling

High school students often have difficulty putting their best foot forward.  Sometimes this is a matter of modesty.  Sometimes it…

Is Your College Essay The Right Place to Mention Low Test Scores?
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Is Your College Essay The Right Place to Mention Low Test Scores?

It always seems like there's never enough time. On top of all your homework, extracurriculars and social time, the deadlines for …

Which College Essay Topics Are Taboo?
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Which College Essay Topics Are Taboo?

I was told never to write about the three Ds in my college essay: divorce, depression or disease. Which other topics are taboo? I…

Rising Seniors: Think Ahead to Fall
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Rising Seniors: Think Ahead to Fall

I have to admit that I dislike seeing spring fashions appear in stores during the depths of winter. That's almost as annoying as …

The Essay: Detailing Who You Are
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The Essay: Detailing Who You Are

The main Common Application (CA) essay can be a challenge, especially for those of you who view writing as one of your lesser tal…

Popular College Application Essay Topics (and How to Answer Them)
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Popular College Application Essay Topics (and How to Answer Them)

The college essay is your opportunity to show admissions officers who you are apart from your grades and test scores (and to dist…

The Tone of Your College Essays
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The Tone of Your College Essays

Attention soon-to-be high school seniors: Have you seen the 2018-2019 Common Application essay prompts yet? If not, you can find …

Parents: A College Prep Timetable
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Parents: A College Prep Timetable

My comments today are primarily for parents, but any students out there are welcome to join the party. With all the issues surrou…

More On Essays
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More On Essays

I guess if you say the title of this post fast, it could sound like "Moron Essays." Trust me; I've seen some moron essays in my d…

Promoting Your Accomplishments
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Promoting Your Accomplishments

In today's world, we are being constantly bombarded by advertising intended to "market" this or that product or service. I forese…

More Essay Insights
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More Essay Insights

Some people say, "Hey, you're only 17. How tough can your life be at such a young age?" However, the reality sometimes can be ver…

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