Five traits that will help you win outside scholarships

Outside scholarships are awards from private companies and foundations rather than from the colleges themselves. They typically require separate applications that can also include essays, letters of recommendation, and even interviews. While the majority of money that helps students pay for college comes from filing a FAFSA and applying for need-based financial aid, every extra monetary boost […]

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Make them notice

When a student (or that student’s parent) believes that their grades and test scores aren’t a true reflection of who they are, they often express their frustration that the college admissions process doesn’t measure or value the areas where they do excel. That’s when they’ll tell our counselors things like: I wish they could see […]

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A few resolution tips

Here’s a repeat share to get your new year off to a good start. Authors Chip and Dean Heath (who teach at Stanford and Duke respectively) have written several books about how to make better decisions and how to create change that sticks. So they know what they’re talking about when they pen “4 Research-Backed […]

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When a (low) GPA doesn’t predict future success

32-year-old Ezra Klein is the editor-in-chief of Vox, a news organization featuring articles, videos, newsletters, and podcasts that combine to reach over 100 million people each month. He was also a columnist at The Washington Post, a policy analyst at MSNBC, and a contributor to Bloomberg. And he was named one of the 50 most […]

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Decisions, decisions

If you ask someone on a date and they decline, does that necessarily mean that you couldn’t have been good together? Does it mean that you have nothing to offer or that you just aren’t datable at all? No. It just means that based on the limited information on hand and the imperfect art of […]

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Five unconventional ways to stand out

It’s hard to stand out in any arena doing the same things everyone else is doing. Here are five underutilized ways of standing out to colleges. 1. Learn something. Learning isn’t limited to your school, or to academic material. Colleges, extension programs, and community centers offer classes in everything from scrapbooking to hip-hop. Books, videos, […]

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Last chance for Common App help

For seniors putting the finishing touches on your Common Application to submit for January deadlines, don’t miss out on our free Guide to the 2016/17 Common Application. From the essay prompts, to the activity listing, to the additional information section, you can use it for everything from an assist with that one section you’re struggling with […]

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Unconventional college interview advice

As I’ve written many times, college interviews are much more conversations than interviews. An interview is one person firing questions at you, waiting for you to answer, then responding with a new question. But college interviewers use questions as a way to not just learn about you, but also get a conversation started. Where it goes from […]

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