Ask Collegewise

We get a lot of emails from people with questions about our take on admissions issues, how we run our business, or why we approach parts of admissions process the way we do.  We thought that instead of trying to answer those on a one-on-one basis, we'd answer some right here in case any of […]

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How to be lucky in college admissions

If you want to have more luck in your life (and in your college admissions process), it turns out you can create it. According to psychologist Richard Wiseman, author of The Luck Factor: Changing Your Luck, Changing Your Life: The Four Essential Principles,” lucky people think and behave in ways that unlucky people don’t. Here are […]

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How pizza at Harvard led to a billion dollar company

We're always reminding families that many benefits of a college experience can't be predicted.  You can't read about them in a college guidebook or measure them with college rankings.  But you can find them at any college.  Here's a good example. Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh is a Harvard grad.  He's interviewed in the "Alumni Q […]

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In your college essays, just say it

When you write your college essays.  Don’t tense up.  Relax.  Just say it. When soldiers are hanging out in the army barracks, they might crack jokes, trade stories and be themselves.  But when the general walks in, everything changes.  The soldiers leap up and stand at attention.  Nobody wants to stand out, because that can […]

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How to write a good email message

Today's college applicant is much more likely to email, not call, someone with a question or request.  Whenever you email someone, the person on the receiving end is going to make assumptions and judgments about you based on what you write and how you write it.  So here's an email checklist before you send anything […]

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