With Thanksgiving Break coming up next week, it’s a good time to take a step back from the grind of Senior Year. You’ve been working hard on your classes, extracurriculars, and college essays, so you deserve the time off! Of course, you should still leave a little time for your college applications, so here are 3 tips to help you get the most out of your Thanksgiving Break, while still leaving you plenty of time to relax and feast:
Most students spend too much time on their personal statements and not enough time on their supplemental essays for individual colleges. They turn to their supplements late in the game--just a couple days before they are due--producing poorly researched, poorly written essays when they are speaking to individual colleges. Don’t make this mistake!
By Zach Kwartler, Teach for America Alum, and Princeton University Class of 2011.
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Storytelling is both a key skill for school, work and life success in the 21st century, and a vital component of selective college admissions and scholarship essays. But most students struggle with their essays, and in the end submit essays that do not reflect their unique character and voice.
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When I’m speaking at high schools, students often ask, “What should I write my admissions essay about?”
“What do you want colleges to know about you as a person?” I respond. “Other parts of your application show your achievements. Great essays reveal what drives those achievements, what people can count on you for.”
The supplemental essays are an essential part of your application. They may feel like additional work, but the supplements are a great opportunity to express your commitment to a college and show that you match the personality and character that they’re looking for.
Every college has their own supplement questions, and most of them fall into one of eight categories: Defining Moments, Community, Issues, Influences, Why this College, Why This Major, Activities, and Scholarships.
There are many places students’ college admission essays get derailed. The first is the search for “the right topic.”
A college admission essay is a completely different beast from the 5-paragraph essay students write in school. There is no amount of trying to write an essay that shows how great you are (a.k.a. makes you “stand out”) that will connect with admissions officers, who are responsible for creating communities of people who can live and work together.
Guest post written by Alan Katzman, founder of Social Assurity
Back in 1968 and right before the start of school, my parents decided to grant my wish by driving to Cooperstown to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Our road trip ritual always included stopping at the local Flying A gas station to fill the family Oldsmobile with a fresh tank of leaded gasoline and purchase a much needed paper map to navigate our trip.
by Alexis Schaitkin, Admissions Consultant, Story2
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Last month, we wrote about 6 College Admissions Essay Hacks. Today, we share 7 Tips for the Common App's Additional Information Section.
The Additional Information Section is a helpful way to share more details about yourself. But for many students, it isn't clear what should go here, and they end up under-utilizing the space or even hurting their candidacy.
By Carol Barash, PhD, founder and CEO, Story2
With so many colleges offering versions of Early Action and Early Decision, one of your strongest admission moves is to get your first applications finished and out the door by the Early Action deadline.
Even if your high school doesn’t spend much time on college admissions--or if most people from your high school apply to the local college--here are 5 reasons why you should get started now, and send out a handful of Early Action applications:
- Applying Early Action improves your odds and reduces stress: The Early Action pool is smaller than the regular pool, and so your odds of admission go up--sometimes more than double--when you apply by the earlier deadline. Studies show that taking action helps to reduce stress, so when you start working on your college applications you defang the monster.