The 9 Steps to Creating a College Application Essay

The personal essay is a key element to the overall college application. It’s the chance to let the admission officers get to know the real you. After all, you’re more than just test scores, GPA, and academics! Essays allow you to talk about lessons learned, special skills, awards won, causes that matter to you, and …

How to Write a Perfect Hook for Your Application Essay

Did you know admission officers might read around 50 essays per day during the application season?  A college application essay is not about your grades and scores, but your personality and who you are beyond school activities. You need to breathe life into it. Drawing attention to your writing, as well as making officers read …

Why You Should Take Both The PSAT and PreACT

The PSAT and PreACT are preparatory exams for the SAT and ACT respectively. The question that most juniors and sophomores have on their mind is whether they need to both these prep tests or whether they should only take the one that applies to them. That means taking only the PSAT if they are planning …

Do’s and Don’ts of Orientation: Parent Edition

Although it depends on the particular college, many schools actually have an orientation for parents at the same time as the freshman orientation. This may be completely optional for parents, but it truly is worth it go attend. Here are some “do’s” and “don’ts” of attending college orientation as a parent. Do Stick To The …

Ways to Prepare for College Orientation

College orientation is exciting for so many different reasons. You get to choose your classes, meet your future classmates and teachers, and get a closer look at the facilities and the campus that you will call home for the next four years. There’s a lot to be excited about. There are a lot of formalities …

Pros And Cons Of Rolling Admissions

There are two distinctly different ways in which colleges process student applications. Some colleges may start assessing the applications as they come in, or only after the deadline. Regardless of when they do the assessments, they send out acceptance letters only after the submission deadline and after they have evaluated all applications. These are often …

How to Prepare For A University Admission Interview

It’s finally happened. After months of spending hours every day creating customized applications and submitting them to various colleges, you’ve received an invite for a university admissions interview. You’re excited but you’re also nervous at the same time. The admissions interview is the last obstacle that stands between you and that college seat. You know …

Using Your Summer to Cultivate Essay-Worthy Experiences

As tempting as it is to lounge around all summer playing video games or binge-watching shows on Netflix, it’s going to be difficult to turn those experiences into application essays. (It might be possible, but probably not.) So it might be a good idea to use the time to explore your options. How to use …