[Podcast] All About The Common App

[Podcast] All About The Common App

Have questions about The Common Application (aka The Common App)? Check out my guest episode on The College Checklist podcast, where we cover best practices for filling out The Common App, the required essays, submission deadlines, early decision vs. early action, and pointers on how to best get organized.

Click here to listen to my guest episode about The Common App on The College Checklist podcast.

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The College Admissions Puzzle: How the 8 Main Pieces Fit Together and Affect Which Schools Your Child Gets Into

The College Admissions Puzzle: How the 8 Main Pieces Fit Together and Affect Which Schools Your Child Gets Into

This article is also featured on The Huffington Post.

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.

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Why Applicants Struggle to Sell Themselves (and How to Fix It)

Why Applicants Struggle to Sell Themselves (and How to Fix It)

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.

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