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Carol Barash, PhD

Author of Write Out Loud, CEO of Story2, Carol Barash, PhD is revolutionizing writing through storytelling. Forbes named Story2 one of “10 EdTech Companies You Need to Know About.” A professor at Princeton, Michigan, and Rutgers, where she served in admissions, Carol graduated from Yale (BA), UVa (MA) Princeton (PhD).

Recent Posts

5 Tips for Early Action and Early Decision

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 25, 2016 1:38:47 PM / by Carol Barash, PhD posted in High School and College

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With so many colleges offering versions of Early Action and Early Decision, one of your strongest admission moves when figuring out how to get into college 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 five reasons why you should get started now, and send out a handful of Early Action applications.

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The Power of Community: Answering Greenlight Scholars Essay #2

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 7, 2016 6:08:41 PM / by Carol Barash, PhD posted in High School and College, Community

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A college is a community of diverse individuals. What is your ideal of community? What communities do you come from? How have those communities shaped and supported you and how have you shaped and supported those communities? What do you uniquely bring to your college community?

The community essay is an opportunity to show what community means to you, how you make a difference in your community today, and how you plan to get involved in your college community.

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Defining Moments: Answering College Greenlight Scholars Application Essay #1

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 5, 2016 6:29:15 PM / by Carol Barash, PhD posted in High School and College

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Tell us a story about yourself that is key to understanding who you are today and reveals aspects of who you want to become in college and life. This could be a moment when you changed, grew or made a difference or an everyday moment that reveals something people count on you for.

This is your “go to” essay, a story you can tell in almost any situation--in college applications, internship and job applications, you name it!

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Taking Things On: 3 Tips to Answer Common Application Essay Prompt #3

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 16, 2016 5:00:00 AM / by Carol Barash, PhD posted in High School and College

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You do something new, and you see yourself and the world differently. If you’ve had one of these moments, you will know. I once interviewed an applicant for Princeton whose parents had kicked him out when he told them he was gay. He had lived with a friend for a while, and was applying to college from a homeless shelter.

“How did you find the courage?” I remember asking him. “Would you do it again?”

“I just couldn’t live a lie anymore,” he said, looking directly into my eyes.

Common Application essay prompt #3: Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

The keywords in this Common Application question are “reflect,” “challenged,” and “act.” It’s almost a series of questions, inviting you to describe a time that you took on something established, what you did, and what you learned: there is the challenge itself, what caused you to act, and then—this is the “reflect” part—would you do it again?

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On Failure: 4 Hints on How to Answer Common Application Question #2

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 11, 2016 5:00:00 AM / by Carol Barash, PhD posted in High School and College

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When I was a faculty advisor to the admissions committee at Douglass College, Rutgers, the stories of failure were much more memorable than those about success.

I remember an admissions essay from a young woman who wrote about getting pregnant and choosing to have an abortion. My hands shook as she traced her decision to be the first person in her family to attend college. “I want to have children later,” her essay concluded, “but not now.”

I looked around the table, and one of the committee members was wiping her eyes; another whispered, “Wow.” One by one, we shook our heads yes, and we admitted her. No one from her high school had ever been admitted to Rutgers before.

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