Bad writing in business…and college essays

Here's an excerpt from Jason Fried's article in Inc. this week, "Why is Business Writing So Awful?" When you write like everyone else and sound like everyone else and act like everyone else, you're saying, "Our products are like everyone else's, too." Or think of it this way: Would you go to a dinner party […]

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So many colleges…

Excerpt from an email I received from one of our counselors yesterday: I'm working with a kid who is looking at great colleges – Colorado College, Knox, Macalester – but can't narrow her list down to fewer than 20 schools.  She has researched all of them inside and out, and just loves something about each […]

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The gong is in the mail

We just ordered this gong for our office.  It's quite large (24 inches high by 22 inches wide) and we're pretty excited about it.  We're big on celebrating during the college admissions process.  But we don't limit our celebrations to when the famous schools say yes to our students.  We think that efforts should be […]

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Still need a college to attend next fall?

According to the National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) "Space Availability Survey" released today, there are currently 226 four-year colleges who have room for freshmen and will still accept applications for fall 2010 admission (240 have room for transfers).  Almost all of them also still have housing and financial aid to give.  If you […]

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Parent involvement in college applications

From Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond "What admissions officers look for most in an application is authenticity. An authentic voice is very clearly recognized by an experienced staff member who reads hundreds of applications each year.  The problem, however, is that we find far […]

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Scheduling quiet time

What would happen if you turned off your phone and your email and just focused on your work for a couple of hours?  No emails, no phone calls, no texts.  Don't worry; they'll be there when you come back.  What if you told your friends and family you weren't available during that time.  What if […]

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Fifty summer activities for high school students

What should you do this summer? First, you should sleep in.  Not every day, but certainly more than you do during the school year.  You should have fun and hang out with your friends and do things that have absolutely nothing to do with college applications.  Colleges don't expect you to spend every waking second […]

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A message for the senior class of 2010

If you’re a high school senior, you've likely decided where you're going to college (and you probably won't have much reason to read our blog for long).  So before you go, let me just say–congratulations.  You did it.  I hope you've taken some time to celebrate the fact that you're going to college, wherever is […]

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