Advice for Seniors

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Advice for Parents, Advice for Seniors, Applications, Health and Wellness

What to Do If You Have a Case of the “What Ifs”

You’ve worked hard on your college list and applications.  You researched schools, visited as many as possible and have even written your essays and submitted all, if not most, of your applications. But this time of year, the inevitable “What if?” can set in. Parents can succumb to it just as easily as students. “What if the ideal college is out there and we just haven’t found it?” “What if I don’t get accepted anywhere?” “What if we don’t get any financial aid?”

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Advice for Seniors, Applications

Holiday Survival Guide: College Application Edition

It truly seems unfair that many colleges have January 1 application deadlines. In fact, many schools have pushed these deadlines to January 5 or January 15 in order to give students a break from having applications due on New Years Day.  But even so, for students with deadlines in December, January, or even February, the holidays can be a challenging time of juggling family obligations, schoolwork, and college applications. The good news is that there are things you can do to make this time a little bit easier and less stressful.

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Admissions, Advice for Seniors, Applications, Essay Writing

How to Write the “Why Us” Essay

Many colleges ask students to write a supplemental essay with the prompt, “Why are you applying to Amazing University?”  Chances are you will have to write one or more of these during the application rush. Easy, right?  Not so fast!  This essay can be one of the more challenging essays to do correctly.  It requires careful reflection and should not be put off until the last minute.

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Advice for Seniors, College List, Uncategorized

Why You May Want to Have a “Financial Safety” School On Your List

By now you have likely heard of a “safety school” and have some understanding of what that means. (Read more here) In that sense, we are talking about changes of being admitted to a particular school. But there is a newer phrase in the world of college counseling that you may want to understand better, and it is, “financial safety.” In this blog we will go over what it is, and why it makes sense to have one on your list.

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Admissions, Advice for Juniors, Advice for Seniors, Applications

Early Isn’t Always Better

I catch myself saying it often to the students I work with, “Early is better!” And, for the most part, it’s true.  Admission rates are generally higher for students who apply Early Decision or Early Action, and there are many reasons for this.  One of the main reasons is because colleges like students who can show genuine interest in their school by either making a commitment or submitting their materials earlier.

However, early isn’t always better.  In this blog, we will go over a few key times when applying Regular is probably the better way to go.

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Advice for Juniors, Advice for Parents, Advice for Seniors, Health and Wellness

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen. When Too Much Advice is Actually a Bad Thing.

The college application process is complicated, and it’s understandable that families would want to seek as much information as they possibly can.  But, we have learned over many years of doing this work that too much advice can actually work against you.  Here are a few examples when it makes sense to cut down the outside advice and maybe even trust your own gut.

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