College Admissions

Application Essay Topics to Avoid

Thanksgiving will be here in 10 days, as of this writing. That means that the ominous January 1 college application deadline looms larger and larger. In fact, many high schools require that college applications be completed and submitted to the counseling department before (sometimes well before) December’s holiday break. Thus, the pressure is on if ...

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How Do Colleges View B’s and Evaluate “Work Ethic”?

Question: I’m a high school freshman. My first quarter just finished and I have more concerns than I’d like to admit. I was very stressed from the transition and had some anxiety attacks during my tests, which brought my grade down. The majority of my grades are Bs and the rest are As, will this ...

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Admission Fiction

“Fake news!” Unless you reside on another planet, you’ve no doubt seen, heard, or tried to hide from that phrase sometime within the last year or so. Then there’s that famous Seinfeld episode where Elaine pointedly informs Jerry that her actions were “Fake! Fake! Fake!” The way the weather has been behaving recently in my ...

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The Old College Lie

Today’s wisdom from Admit This! is for high school juniors and maybe even sophomores. I’ll include parents in my target audience, too. You may have heard of giving something “the old college try.” For those of you who have never heard that phrase, it means giving something your best shot, even if you aren’t sure ...

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Do You Need College?

My post today is not intended for high school seniors who are already working on their college applications. It’s aimed at younger students who are still thinking about their future directions in life. Of course, I can’t forget parents who are closely involved (or at least should be) closely involved with their children’s education. So you’re ...

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Is Gap Year a “Very Bad” Idea?

Question: So College Apps are due soon and I honestly have no idea where I want to go or what I want to be. My grade and ACT/SAT scores are very good but I was thinking of taking a year off between HS and college before applying. My mom says its a terrible idea since ...

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Applications: Your Final Deadline Approach

Have you looked at the calendar lately? According to mine, there’s just one week left before November 1. The first day of November every year strikes fear into the hearts of many thousands of high school seniors around the world. Why is that? Well, if you’re in the know, and you probably are if you’re ...

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Financial Aid: Panacea Or Prison?

Those of you high school seniors preparing your college applications are answering tons of questions as part of those applications: “Why do you want to go to [college name here]? “What elements of diversity will you bring to the [college name here] community?” “Where do you see yourself 10 years after graduating from [college name ...

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