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How to Find College App Essay Inspiration

Are you struggling to find a topic for your college application essay? It isn’t always easy to settle on one idea, especially if the school didn’t give you a common app prompt. These three tips will help you find inspiration for your essay. Brainstorm One of the best things you can do for your college …
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Why You Should Follow Up With a College After Submitting an Application

You’ve finished your college applications. Congratulations! There’s at least one more step though: Following up with the college. Here’s why it’s so important to follow up after you submit an application. Confirm They Got the Application The most important reason is to confirm they received it. Accidents and errors happen after you submit an application, …
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How to Write an Essay About Yourself: College App Introductions

Wondering how to write an essay about yourself? Many college-bound students do. A college application essay is often seen by students as a chance to introduce themselves to the college admissions department. However, it’s time to start seeing it a bit differently. While a college essay definitely introduces you to whoever is reading your piece, …
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Don’t Forget to Do This One Thing with Your College Applications

It may sound obvious, but it’s surprising how many students overlook one critical step in their college applications. Proofreading. Every year, potential students send out their application that is incomplete, has typos, or poor grammar—mistakes that are entirely preventable had they done some proofreading. Slow Down, Take Your Time, Proofread Your College Applications After you’ve …
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Why You Should Apply to Those “Big Reach” Schools

When you’re creating your application list for colleges, you’re most likely focusing on schools you know you have a good chance of getting accepted to. Your list include some match and safety schools, but what about “reach” schools? These are the colleges you may not have a guarantee of getting into. It’s still worth a …
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3 Things to Do After You Submit Your College Applications

After submitting your college application, you’re not quite done with the whole “college preparation” thing. There’s plenty of other tasks that need to be completed! Here are three more to work on: Completing College Interviews Many colleges have interviews as part of the college application process. Some may be mandatory, while others are listed as …
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Pros And Cons Of Taking AP Tests

Advanced Placement or AP classes offer ambitious high school students a great way to boost their college applications. Over 60% of high schools in the US offer a list of AP classes. If your high school doesn’t, you could still boost your college application by signing up for the most challenging courses that your high …
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Which Extracurricular Activities Impress Colleges?

You know that colleges want to see what extracurricular activities you have participated in. However, just submitting a long list of extracurricular activities is not going to help you. There are some activities that will make the admissions authorities sit up and take special notice of your application. Volunteer Work Colleges appreciate and reward students …