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Christine Sarikas

Christine graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Environmental Biology and Geography and received her Master's from Duke University. In high school she scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and was named a National Merit Finalist. She has taught English and biology in several countries.

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How to Become an Accountant: Requirements and Advice

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 25, 2021 2:00:00 PM

General Education

Wondering how to become a CPA or an accountant? It can be a long process, but once you know the steps to take, you can focus on completing them quickly and expertly so you can start your dream job as quickly as possible. This guide will answer the following questions:

  • What do accountants and CPAs do?
  • How to become a CPA/How to become an accountant
  • How to become a CPA without a degree in accounting
  • How long does it take to become an accountant?
  • What are the accountant education requirements?
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The National Youth Leadership Forum: Should You Go?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 24, 2021 1:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Have you heard of the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF)? Perhaps you've heard that attending the NYLF is a great way to improve your chances of getting into top colleges, and you're wondering if that's true or not. Spoiler: If you're considering NYLF because you think it's prestigious, you'd be dead wrong. Keep reading to find out why.

This guide will explain what NYLF is, what its benefits and drawbacks are, and how you can decide whether or not you should participate in it.

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Should You Participate in the National Student Leadership Conference?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 23, 2021 2:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Have you heard of the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC)? Maybe you've heard that participating in NSLC is a great way to impress colleges, and you're wondering if that's true. Spoiler: If you're considering NSLC because you think it's prestigious, you're in for a rude awakening. Keep reading to learn why.

This guide will go over exactly what NSLC is, what its potential benefits and drawbacks are, and how you can decide if you should participate in one of its programs.

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College Board Ends SAT Subject Tests: What You Need to Know

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 19, 2021 5:15:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

On January 19, 2021, the College Board announced that it would no longer administer SAT Subject Tests (or the SAT Essay). This is a major shift in the world of standardized testing, and it creates a lot of questions. What does it mean that the College Board is dropping SAT Subject Tests? Why did they make this decision? What should you do if you've already taken SAT Subject Tests or were planning on taking them to strengthen your college applications? Read on for the answers to all these questions and more.

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What Is the 25th Amendment? A Simplified Guide

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 15, 2021 5:00:00 PM

General Education

Constitutional Amendments are a critical part of the US Government, but that doesn't mean they're easy to understand. They're often filled with jargon and are difficult for non-experts to understand right off the bat. Fortunately, we're here to help. 

This guide gives an in-depth but clear and easy-to-understand 25th Amendment summary. Some of the key points we cover are:

  • What is the 25th Amendment in simple terms?
  • What does each section of the 25th Amendment mean?
  • How does the 25th Amendment work?
  • When was the 25th Amendment used?
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When Is the December SAT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 3, 2021 7:43:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

The December SAT is your final chance to take the SAT of the year, and for many colleges, it's the final SAT they accept before application deadlines. But is it the best SAT date for you?

There are important pros and cons to the December SAT, and we'll go over each of them in this guide. We'll also explain key December SAT dates, such as what day the test is on, when you need to register by, and when you (and the schools you apply to) will receive your scores.

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What Is Executive Dysfunction?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 29, 2020 2:00:00 PM

General Education

Have you come across the terms "executive function" and "executive dysfunction" and are wondering if they describe the struggles you or a person close to you are facing? Executive dysfunction is a common issue (in fact, everyone struggles with it at some time or another), but it can be particularly severe in some people. However, the term itself is vague, and it can be difficult for people looking for more information to understand what executive dysfunction really means and how it can be treated. This guide will explain everything you need to know about executive dysfunction, including:

  • Executive dysfunction and executive function definitions
  • Symptoms of executive dysfunction
  • Causes of executive dysfunction
  • Treatment for executive dysfunction 
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The 8 Steps to Becoming a Physical Therapist

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 29, 2020 2:00:00 PM

General Education

Wondering how to become a physical therapist? It takes years of school and training to become a physical therapist, but at the end of it, you can end up with a stable and deeply fulfilling career. You need to know the steps to take to get there though, which is where we come in. This guide will answer the following questions:

  • What does a physical therapist do?
  • Is it hard to become a physical therapist?
  • How long does it take to become a physical therapist?
  • What degree do you need to be a physical therapist?

We'll explain each of the eight steps to becoming a physical therapist, starting from high school and ending with working as a licensed PT. 

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What Colleges Are Need Aware? How Does It Affect Admissions?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 28, 2020 6:00:00 PM

College Admissions, Financial Aid

What is a need aware college? Does a college being need aware mean they won't accept students who need financial aid? What colleges are need aware? 

There are a lot of misconceptions about need aware colleges and how they handle applicants who need financial aid. Having the wrong information can lead students to skip applying to schools that could still very well accept them and offer generous aid packages. Read this guide to be fully informed on need aware colleges.

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Enneagram Type 8: The Assertive Protector

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 27, 2020 4:00:00 PM

General Education

Are you learning about Enneagrams and want more information about Enneagram 8? Type 8s are often misunderstood, but this guide will tell you everything you need to know about them. Read on to learn all about what Enneagram Type 8s are known for, what they care about (and fear most), how to tell if you're a Type 8, and how this Enneagram type interacts with friends, lovers, and coworkers.

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What's Brown PLME? Acceptance Rate, Requirements, and How to Get In

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 27, 2020 3:00:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

Have you heard of the Brown University PLME program and want to learn more about it? As the only BS/MD program in the Ivy League, the PLME program can be a great way to attend excellent schools for both undergrad and med school without worrying about med school applications down the line. However, the Brown PLME program is quite unique in its academic requirements (or, rather, lack of requirements), and it's definitely not the best choice for everyone. How can you know if it's right for you? Read this guide for everything you need to know about the PLME program, including what it is, the Brown PLME acceptance rate, the questions to ask yourself before applying, and what your application needs to shine.

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The 7 Steps to Becoming a Firefighter

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 27, 2020 2:00:00 PM

General Education

Wondering how to become a firefighter? It takes more than just filling out an application and showing you can keep your cool under pressure. There are multiple steps to becoming a firefighter, and, because the process can be highly competitive, it's important to have a plan ahead of time so that you meet all the deadlines and create the strongest application possible. This in-depth guide will answer all your questions about how to become a firefighter, including how long it takes to become a firefighter, all the firefighter requirements you must meet, and the seven steps for becoming a firefighter.

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Should I Take the SAT Essay? How to Decide

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 26, 2020 9:00:00 AM

New SAT, SAT Essay

The SAT underwent some major revisions in 2016, and one of the biggest changes is that its previously required essay is now optional. This can be confusing for some students and parents. Should you take the essay? Will colleges require the essay or not? Will taking the essay make your application stronger?

Read on for answers to all these questions. This guide will explain what the SAT essay is, what the pros and cons of taking it are, and how you can make the best choice for you.

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Enneagram Type 7: The Enthusiast

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 23, 2020 3:00:00 PM

General Education

Looking into Enneagrams and want to know more about Enneagram Type 7? We're here to help! Read on to learn all about what Type 7s are known for, what they care about (and fear most), how to tell if you're a Type 7, and how this type interacts with friends, lovers, and coworkers.

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20 Questions Game: 147 Great Questions to Try

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 22, 2020 11:00:00 AM

General Education

The 20 Questions game has been popular for a long time, and it's played everywhere from large parties to the backseat of cars during long road trips. But, as with many favorite games, lots of people aren't sure of the "official" rules.

How do you play 20 Questions? We'll explain! Or perhaps you know the rules but want better strategies on questions to ask in 20 Questions so you can improve your odds of winning? We answer that, too! This guide covers everything from how to play 20 Questions, different versions of the game to try, over 100 ideas of things for others to guess, and a variety of great questions to ask.

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