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2017- 2018 Common App Essay Prompts
2017- 2018 Common App Essay Prompts (250 – 650 words) Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete…
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College Application Advice
How to…and how NOT to show demonstrated interest in a college or university
At this time of year, may students ask me how they can show their interest to a school more than in the application itself. Do they send flowers? Have a…
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College Application Advice
Top 20+ issues to think about in your college applications
The winning essays of our 2014 contest covered extremely interesting grounds about decision-making, standardized tests, and deep introspection.  Some of them offered businesslike views of the applicant as a consumer;…
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Essay Tips
Wednesday Words of "Whiz"dom # 6: Between vs. Among
Use between when you are thinking of two things at a time, even though they may be part of a group consisting of a larger number. I loved to sit…
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Wednesday Words of "Whiz"dom # 5: Beside vs. Besides
Beside means "by the side of" something or someone. It is always a preposition. Besides as a preposition means "in addition to." As an adverb, it means "moreover" or "in…
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Planning Effectively
High School Seniors: How to Prepare your Activities & Honors List
“Please list your principal extracurricular, volunteer, and work activities in their order of importance to you.” The Common Application allows ten spaces to list your extracurricular and work experience and…
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Essay Tips
Whizzing through the College Essay: Top Ten Questions
1. Which essay question should I answer? Before you decide on the question that you wish to answer, be sure to think about what you will write in the following…
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Essay Tips
The Magic Essay
I had a friend who decided to send her daughter to Costa Rica one summer with a tool belt and a task to build houses.  The heat and the cockroaches…
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