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What to Write for the Coalition Application Essay Prompts

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 20, 2016 4:00:00 AM / by Story2 Guest Author posted in High School and College

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  1. If you’re applying to college next year, now is the time to build your portfolio -- and your story.

The focus of college admissions discussions is shifting towards building solid, strong people, and, slowly but surely, the criteria for admission are shifting as well. Though hard stats like GPA and SAT and ACT scores still matter, there is an increasing emphasis on the trajectory of your high school journey, your unique independent work, and your journey of self-discovery.

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Coalition Application Collaboration Space: Everything you Need to Know

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 19, 2016 4:59:16 PM / by Will Geiger posted in High School and College, Community

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As a college counselor, one of my favorite aspects of the Coalition Application is the Collaboration Space feature. Education is an inherently collaborative process and this is certainly true of the admissions process. The fact that the Coalition Application realized this and made collaboration a central component to their platform is fantastic.

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What to Hang in Your Coalition Application Locker

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 13, 2016 3:00:00 AM / by Story2 posted in High School and College

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  2. Telah is busy with improv. It’s her passion. She started the Improv Club at Smithfield High School and travels to local shows with her troupe to perform. Recordings of the shows have been viewed a few thousand times on YouTube, and her social media accounts have been overflowing with support. But this hasn’t interfered with her solid GPA and love for chemistry. Once a week she meets with an advisor after school to go over her independent study research project. Telah is submitting the project for additional high school credit and for official review from nearby Brown University, where she plans on applying to next year.  
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Finding Meaningful Moments for Coalition Application Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 12, 2016 11:50:24 AM / by Will Geiger posted in High School and College

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It was 2 a.m. and I was sitting in my office laughing uncontrollably. No, there was no need to be concerned about my wellbeing. I was laughing because of the essay I was reading. As a freshly minted admissions counselor at Kenyon College, I was in the thick of my first “reading season”, a caffeine fueled marathon, where I read a few thousand applications and evaluated prospective students for admission to Kenyon.

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5 Tips For Writing About Thinking in Your College Essay

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 8, 2016 4:50:04 PM / by Alexis Schaitkin posted in High School and College

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I had been a college instructor for all of one week when a student turned in a paper copied straight off the internet. I still remember Googling her first sentence, late at night at my desk in my little grad-student apartment, and finding an exact match on a government website. My stomach flipped, my face grew hot…If I reported her, the punishment for plagiarism was expulsion. Was I ready to expose Jessie, the funky girl with piercings and jet-black hair whose saucy class contributions I had grown to love in just a few short days?  

The next day, I called her over after class.

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