Why Us? Surpassing the “Common” in Your Application Essay

Why Us? Surpassing the “Common” in Your Application Essay

Madeline Riley The Common Application is known and feared by high school seniors across America come college application time. Each part of the Common App is scrutinized by university admissions officers, and thus important, but more than the other portions, the essays are where students can expand on their profile to make a lasting impression. It can be easy to fall into the habit of trying to please the people reading your application essays by writing what you think they want to hear, but th....

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Five - Year Roadmap for College Bound Students

Five - Year Roadmap for College Bound Students

Madeline Riley 8th grade: It might sound crazy, but students as young as 12 can and should start designing their plan for college. For parents, this means thinking seriously about your college financing plan—or lack thereof—and how to make the most of your savings. For 8th graders, this means thinking about where you might want to be in five years. Aiming for a big ten school with endless people to meet? Inspired to continue playing your favorite sport at a local college? Dreaming of endle....

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4 Big Benefits of a Hiring College Planner

4 Big Benefits of a Hiring College Planner

Madeline Riley The college admissions system can seem like it’s built to confuse you. The application process is arduous, the financial planning complex, and the time commitment extreme for 17-year-olds and their families. Even more daunting is the fact that students far younger than application age are expected to be curating class schedules, extracurricular activities, and work experience that will place them in the best position to get into the best universities possible. The plain truth ....

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A Day in the Life of an Independent College Counselor

A Day in the Life of an Independent College Counselor

On June 20th, HECA (Higher Education Consultants Associated) began their annual conference at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The conference, which ran from Monday the 20th through Friday the 24th, choose their theme, Revolution and Innovation in Higher Education, well before they knew how pertinent it would be. This year has been particularly crazy in college planning. We’ve seen changes to the FAFSA, and new application system, and a new SAT to name a few. Being well-inform....

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