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I have a question for you, students: how many hours are you spending prepping for the SAT or ACT? And how many hours are you spending trying to get a perfect score? If you’re like most high-achieving students, you’re probably spending far too much time hunched over...read more
If you’re reading this, you probably have dreams of getting into Harvard or Princeton or Stanford — or some other amazing school. Am I right? Now, what has everyone been telling you that you have to do to get into one of these schools? The formula probably looks...read more
With the new SAT coming out this March, a lot of students are feeling the test prep crunch even more than usual. The College Board has made some substantial changes to the test, in the hopes that it will be a simpler, more relevant test. That sounds great, doesn’t it?...read more
The season of nail-biting waiting is upon us as close to 2 million students await the results of their college applications this spring. It may seem like there’s very little you can do while you wait, but if you’re still in line for an interview at one of your top...read more
The 11/1 deadline for the college admissions Early Decision and Early Action is just days away. If you’re like many of my students, you’re probably scrambling to figure out whether you’ve completed all of the necessary paper work. So, here’s a checklist and some...read more
A couple of days ago, after my student Lorena and I had spent hours brainstorming and editing her college application essays, I was pretty sure we were ready to finalize her longest Princeton supplemental essay. “What do you think?” I asked her as I hit save. She’d...read more
Seniors, is this you right now? You sit down to work on the Why Do You Want to Go Here questions for your college application essays, and they all come out a little too perky and vanilla.
It’s going to be pretty hard to distinguish yourself among the thousands of applicants if you can’t articulate why this particular school really is your top choice, right?read more
Last year, a student who’d applied to Harvard on his own called me in a panic. “I’ve been waitlisted!” he told me. “What should I do?” I’d known this student for a few years, so I knew that his grades and SAT scores weren’t the problem. Instead, the first thing I asked him was what he’d written his essay about. Turns out he’d talked about his dual interest in business and science.read more
Most guidance counselors and college consultants will tell you that kids need stellar GPAs and a perfect SAT score to get into their dream schools.
They’ll also tell you that they need to take a slew of AP and honors courses will advise them to fill up their activity sheet with volunteering and time-intensive extracurriculars.read more