Learn why it's important to get a head start, plus what your child should do before working on their college applications.Read More
To help you better understand the college application evaluation process, I have highlighted the 8 primary elements of most college applications, including what they represent to admissions committees, and what they don’t.
Carefully considering what story will be told through the various pieces of your child’s college application will help your family make more informed decisions when it comes to your child’s academics and extracurricular pursuits. Collectively, better decisions will improve your child’s admissions odds at his or her top-choice schools.Read More
Unfortunately, when the stakes are highest, your child is expected to write college essays that make him or her sound brilliant yet humble, accomplished yet grounded.
That’s a tall order, but the good news is that your child doesn’t have to go through the college essay writing process alone. Better yet, I’ve distilled my knowledge from helping hundreds of students write standout college application essays and get into America’s top colleges, and I’m sharing some of my most key insights in this guest post on Higher Scores Test Prep.Read More
You're well aware that “who you know” is very important when applying for jobs.
So, why should college applications be any different? Why shouldn’t students attempt to build authentic connections with faculty (and admissions staff) to apply like an insider rather than “cold apply”?
This is precisely what many students from elite high schools do. And this is precisely what I help my students do to raise their chances of getting into top colleges.Read More
I want to share some insights about a very common struggle I’ve noticed with the students I advise, specifically with regard to preparing bland or cliché written materials (e.g., CVs, personal statements).
We've all been guilty of this at one point or another. So, why do we struggle to write about how great we are and how much value we've added in our applications?
Because we don't want to brag or sound "salesy." We want our work to speak for itself. Moreover, selling doesn’t come naturally to most of us.
The good news: You CAN sell yourself effectively AND authentically.Read More