Being 16 in 2016

jlsNewsLeave a Comment Take Part, an online magazine focused on social issues and activism, created a documentary page on sixteen young women from all over the world. When I came across this, I was stuck by the similarities in the teenage experience. In my work with teenagers, I find that many feel isolated and unheard. But many also feel exhilarated at all … Read More

Hampshire College says “no more” to SAT/ACT tests

Jackie SizemoreNews Hampshire College is not the first school to step away from using standardized tests as part of a holistic college application process. One potential downside is becoming ineligible to participate in many of the “official college rankings” lists. But these lists tend to represent a number of factors, including alumni donations, that don’t necessarily provide insight into the academic … Read More

2014-2015 Common Application Essay Prompts

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It’s almost that time again, and it looks like the Common Application is having good results with the newer prompts introduced last year. Here are some initial details about the Common Application personal essay for 2014-2015. 650 word limit Choice of 5 Prompts: Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe … Read More

New SAT coming in 2016

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Some big news released today on changes to the SAT. College Board will be going back to the original 1600 score, and the writing section will become optional. I am very curious what this will mean for admissions– will colleges expect students to take the optional writing section? Will those who don’t be penalized, or at a disadvantage? Additionally, … Read More

The 2013-2014 Common Application Prompts

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The Common Application 2013-2014 The personal essay section offers 5 different prompts. The limit is 650 words. 1. Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.  2. Recount an incident or time when … Read More