Are you making a difference?

If you stopped showing up to water polo practice, would it make a difference?  Would your absence be noticeable?  Would it negatively affect the team? If you're a great player or the team captain, the answer is probably "Yes."  But even the kid who sits deep on the bench can still play an important role, […]

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Ivy league prep for nursery schoolers?

If you're a parent who paid $19,000 to send your daughter to nursery school, and the school didn't teach what it promised it would teach, you have the right to be upset.  You may even have the right to demand your money back. But if you file a lawsuit claiming that the nursery school has […]

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What colleges want

What colleges want actually isn't all that complicated: 1.  Students who enjoy learning and are excited about doing more of it in college. 2.  Applicants who will become a part of the campus community, like playing saxophone in the marching band, doing improv with the drama club, or staying up late doing physics problem sets […]

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An inside look at MIT admissions

This post, written in 2006 by MIT admissions officer Ben Jones, gives you a great look at just how personal–and difficult–the process of selecting a freshman class can be at a highly selective college.  They spend November-March deciding who they want to admit, people they are sure deserve to attend MIT (and you can imagine […]

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Colleges love nice kids, and so do we

I think every kid who wants to go to college and is willing to do the work deserves to go.  But if you want people to help you, you've got to be nice.  You should be appreciative, and you should respect the time and effort the people who are helping you are expending.  You get […]

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How stories make your activities stand out

It's hard to make your activities stand out on a college application when you have to list them like this (the numbers are the grades in which the student participated): Varsity soccer: 11, 12Key Club: 10-12, President (12)Spanish Club: 9-12, Treasurer (11) This student should be proud of his involvement.  But it's not going to […]

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