College

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Securing a Kick-Ass College Recommendation

The letter of recommendation is tricky. On one hand, it’s the only part of the application that doesn’t require any writing on the applicant’s part—easy! On…

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How To Talk To Your Kids About Grades

A bad grade. It happens to everyone at some point, but as a parent, it can feel particularly painful. As an adult, you likely have a…

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Essay Analysis: Yale University 2018-19

“You are teaching a Yale course. What is it called?” Here you have enough room to TITLE the course, and then “blurb it.” When we say…

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Essay Analysis: University of Pennsylvania 2018-19

“How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania? Please answer this question given the specific undergraduate school to which you…

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Essay Analysis: Stanford University 2018-19

“Virtually all of Stanford’s undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate—and…

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Essay Analysis: Princeton University 2018-19

“Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences that was particularly meaningful to you.” Suppose you start by listing out ALL your…

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Essay Analysis: Harvard College 2018-19

“What you would want your future college roommate to know about you.” This is a tricky one because the temptation is to write about things you…

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Essay Analysis: MIT 2018-19

“We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, many of which are required of you. Tell us about something you do simply for the…

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Essay Analysis: Dartmouth College 2018-19

” ‘You can’t use up creativity,’ Maya Angelou mused. ‘The more you use, the more you have.’ Share a creative moment or impulse—in any form—that inspired…

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Essay Analysis: Duke University 2018-19

“Please discuss why you consider Duke a good match for you. Is there something particular about Duke that attracts you?” What is it you think Duke…

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