Seek the light

When brainstorming a college essay with a Collegewise student, our counselors know when a topic has real potential—the moment a student lights up when telling us about it. That pure, involuntary spark in a student’s face and voice when they tell us all about their favorite class, that one achievement of which they’re most proud, […]

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Incongruity

A student applying to college is trying to communicate: I’m ready and excited for college. I’ll make an impact inside and outside of the classroom. I’m resilient enough to forge through difficulties. I’ll take full advantage of the opportunities available to me. I’ll enjoy learning from and interacting with the faculty. I’m prepared for the independence […]

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Make good bets

We tend to make better decisions if we separate the decision from the outcome. Imagine you’re walking to school. You’re confronted by an aggressive dog, so you move to the other side of the street. A car speeds past you and splashes muddy water all over your clothing. Did you make a bad decision moving […]

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Engagement over selectivity

While the quality of the advice is far better than the quality of the audio, this 20-minute interview with Challenge Success’s Denise Pope, “Why College Engagement Matters More than Selectivity,” is still worth a listen.

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Losing sleep

Overachieving, overscheduled students—here’s a scenario. Imagine your top colleges of choice announced their intention to give special admissions consideration to students who averaged 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Would you need to make changes in your life to maintain that advantage? If so, what would you do? Would you cut out that sixth activity […]

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A free application webinar from Collegewise

If you’ve yet to finish (or even if you’ve yet to start) your college applications, Collegewise counselors Davin Sweeney and Rahsaan Burroughs are putting their combined 25 years of experience as admissions officers to good use in the following free webinar. Seniors, It’s Not Too Late: Submit Pitch Perfect Applications When Time’s Running Out Thursday, […]

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Be fair to yourself

The most common misconception about the admissions process at highly selective colleges is that it’s a meritocracy, that the admissions officers choose the empirically best applicants based on a scientific evaluation of transcripts, test scores, activities, essays, and letters of recommendation. But that’s just not possible at a school that (1) receives applications from the […]

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The predictable fear before submission

One of the most predictable points of anxiety during the journey to college is the time right before a student submits their application(s). There’s a finality to that impending submission. No more revising. No more hand-wringing. No more avoiding the ensuing evaluation. Once that application leaves, it’s literally and figuratively out of your hands, with […]

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