Kristen Bixby

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Essay Writing

Just Write: Advice About the College Essay

It’s true that, as colleges are focusing less on standardized tests (ACT and SAT) to influence admission decisions, they are focusing more on subjective things like the activity resume, recommendations and essays.  You can find more information about the resume here, and more information about recommendations here.

However, the importance of the college essay can lead some students to become nearly paralyzed when trying to write it.  They often feel like they have to get in front of a computer and, in one sitting, write the best essay they have ever written.  Talk about pressure! That would be nearly impossible for anyone to do.

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Admissions, Resumes

Community Service: It’s Important to Give Back

In previous Campus Bound blog posts, we have discussed the Activity Resume and why it’s necessary. There are several tips we covered in this previous blog. It’s important to note that community service should always be a category on your activity list for two main reasons: 1. It looks good to colleges. 2. Because it’s just a good thing to do! In this blog, we discuss the role it plays in the college admission process and how much is “enough.”

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Advice for Parents

Advice for Parents: A Most Important Question to Ask

Bear with me while I share a quick personal story. The other day my son’s teacher called me to tell me that he had been wearing his hat in school. He’s only in first grade, and it’s not a hard rule that hats can’t be worn. She called him to her desk to ask him to remove his hat. However, rather than the typical, “Please remove your hat,” she had the consideration to ask a very important question: “Why are you wearing your hat in the classroom?” Read More

Financial Aid

Setting Your College Financial Plan Early

By Campus Bound Founder, President and Financial Aid Lead, Gregg Cohen

I’ve heard people use the expression that being a parent can bring some long days but short years.  The time can fly and there is no way to slow it down.   Having helped thousands of people with the financial side of college, I know that many feel the same way about the prospect of paying for college.   Generally speaking, this isn’t a deadline you can move.  Unlike your retirement, where you may decide to delay a couple of years or get a second job, the first college bill will come quickly, in the summer after high school graduation.

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