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Sophomores can start prepping for college!
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A High School Sophomore’s College Planning Guide

You may think college prep can wait another year, but current college students will tell you otherwise. Sure, college applications and the FAFSA don’t have to be turned in until your senior year, but, the early bird gets the worm and early sophomores get the jumpstart on college. Starting your college planning as a sophomore …
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What is the Coalition Application?

You’ve probably heard of the Common Application, but what about the Coalition Application? It came out a few years ago, and it may be worth your time to explore the differences. Here’s what you need to know about the Coalition Application, its pros and cons, and how it stacks up against the Common App. What …
Like a yellow flower that stands out in a field of red flowers, there are ways for you to stand out on college applications
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Beyond Grades and Test Scores: How Students Stand Out on College Applications

Often, I get asked the question, “how do I make myself stand out in the college process?” This can be a challenge even after the major pieces of the application process: the application, the transcript, standardized test scores, recommendation letters, and the essay. With the exception of the application (because, let’s be honest, demographic information isn’t all that …
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The Pros and Cons of Taking AP Classes in High School

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are a fantastic way to show academic rigor in your schedule and impress college admissions officers. AP classes offer more of a challenge than a general or core class. They’re often considered difficult but rewarding by students who take them. But with every benefit, there is a drawback. What are the …
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Why Learning a Second Language is So Important

Because English is a very popular language, American students tend to forget that other languages may be useful in their present and future life. People from Latin America, Asia, and Europe learn English as their second language at a very early age and start studying it once they get into primary school. Learning a second …
Writing college admission essays can be tricky
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Do’s and Don’ts: Writing College Admission Essays

In the midst of worrying about GPAs, test scores, academic rigor, and completing requirements, it might be easy to gloss over another important element of the college application process: the admission essays. For some the essay is a welcome relief from all the data crunching, for others, it is dreaded. As part of our ongoing …
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Do’s and Don’ts: What to Include in College Applications

College applications are a vital part of your ticket to higher education. However, the process is not so glamorous. Actually, it’s a lot harder than it looks. With thousands and thousands of applicants applying to various institutions across the country each year, how do you “stand out” as your guidance counselors told you to? How …
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7 Tips on How to Write A Killer Personal Statement

For some reason, it’s challenging to write (or talk) about yourself. Think about that for a minute. One of the most common scholarship interview questions is “What are your strengths?” As I was thinking about how I would answer that, at this exact moment, what popped into my head was, “Umm well, when I was …