Advice for Seniors, Advice From Inside, Essay Writing

Advice From Inside Series: College Essays

From time to time I like to tap into the wealth of knowledge and experience of the Campus Bound staff, many of whom are former college admission counselors, and ask them questions that could provide some inside information that could potentially help you.  This month I asked, “What was the best college essay you ever read, and what made it stand out to you?”  Here are their responses:

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Admissions, Advice for Parents

Trust is Key

Easier said than done, we know! The college process, for those entering it, can feel overwhelming and scary.  But if there is one thing we’ve learned over the years of working in admissions, helping families as college counselors, and as parents going through the process ourselves (many of us additionally have kids who have recently applied to college!) is that trust is the key.

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Pay it Forward: How We at Campus Bound are Doing Our Part

When we meet with students to help them with their resume, one of the things we always look for is community service. We tell students not to do it just because it looks good to colleges, but because it’s just a good thing to do in general and it can be very rewarding to help others.  When choosing a community service project, we advise students to pick something they truly love. That way, everyone benefits and the experience can be more meaningful for everyone. 

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Financial Aid

What’s your college budget? How are you going to pay for college?

By Gregg Cohen, Campus Bound Founder and President

 

At Campus Bound, we believe that finding a college that ‘fits’ each individual is extremely important.   There are 3 core areas to determine if a college will position a student for a successful college journey and beyond.  The first two – the academic program and non-academic factors such as size, geography and school culture, tend to get a great deal of attention and discussion.  The third, the financial fit, often times does not receive the due diligence it deserves.

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Advice for Parents

I Let My Kindergartener Walk To School, And Other Mom-Shaming Decisions

As the title of this blog suggests, I allow my 6 year old to walk to school. In this era of parents driving kids to school, or even bus stops, I get some serious side-eye when I tell other parents that. Now, let’s be clear. He has an 8 year old brother that he walks with. School is about a quarter of a mile from our house with all sidewalks and no major streets to cross. Still, it’s a decision, much like allowing children to play at a playground alone, that could get me thrown in “mom jail.”

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Admissions, Advice for Juniors, Advice for Sophomores, Athletics

Early Questions for Student Athletes

At Campus Bound, we typically don’t advise students to focus on specific colleges until junior year of high school. We provide more information about that in this recent blog post. However, some eager sophomores may want to get a jump start on certain things, including the college recruitment process for student athletes. In this blog post, we explain why an early start is helpful and the tasks that can get done now to ease the process down the road.

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Advice for Sophomores

Freshmen and Sophomores: When to Begin the College Process

You’re walking through the hall when you overhear a group of seniors talking about where they’re going next year.  And at soccer practice, your junior friends are talking about the colleges they are visiting next month.  It reminds us of a fun quote: “college is the reward for surviving high school.”  Yes, you too will be researching and visiting colleges, but you’ve been told it’s not your time yet.  There’s good reason for that, as we will explain below. However, there ARE things you can do now to make the college process easier later, and increase your chances of being accepted.  Read on!

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Advice for Juniors, Advice for Seniors, Testing

If You Think Your SAT or ACT Score is Wrong, It Just Might Be

This time of year, Campus Bound counselors are working with juniors around the college exploration process. Putting together a solid college list and visiting schools is at the top of the priority list.  But while that’s going on, juniors are also studying hard to earn good grades in their classes, and taking standardized exams like the SAT and ACT.  And the scores are coming in.  But, what happens when you get your score back and it doesn’t seem right?

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