Common App adds a Covid-19 question

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Starting with the 2020-2021 application, the Common Application is going to add a new optional response for students to share how this Covid-19 pandemic has impacted them. This will be separate from the “additional information” section which normally works as a place for students to share about any negative circumstances that may have impacted their application. With a word count … Read More

Universities on the Top 100 U.S. News ranking with late January deadlines

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Even though most highly competitive university deadlines have passed, there are still several universities on the Top 100 U.S. News ranking with late January deadlines. Whether you are feeling a bit nervous about your school list,  feeling extra motivated, or just discovered a new major and want to represent your new passion in an application, the universities below might be … Read More

Last minute Common Application help?

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Stressed about the Common Application? Meant to write your Common Application essay over Thanksgiving break but it didn’t happen? I specialize in Common Application help, especially for students in a time crunch. I have several openings for last-minute help with essays for Common Application schools! If you would like feedback on a draft or you need to select a topic … Read More

College Advice from the New York Times

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Writer Susan Shapiro wrote a great article detailing some of the things she wish she’d none going through her undergraduate degree. Some advice included the perks that can come from getting good grades, like being invited to non-advertised opportunities from professors. She also wrote about how professors are “people too” which is something I remind my own college students of … Read More

Finding good advice on writing the personal essay

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It is truly overwhelming how much information there is out there on the college application process. From student-driven sites to official college websites, how can you know which information to trust? I have read many articles online with advice on writing the college essay only to get to the bottom and read that the author of the article has no … Read More