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

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 11, 2022 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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Does Your Major Affect Your Acceptance Into College?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 11, 2022 2:30:00 PM

College Admissions

Does your major affect your acceptance into colleges? Can choosing a less popular major give you a better shot at getting into your dream school? If so, what major is easiest to get into college with? 

There are a lot of misconceptions about the role your intended major plays in college admissions and which majors are "best" for people hoping for a higher admission chance. This guide will explain everything you need to know on how your major affects your admission, which majors are typically the most competitive and least competitive, and if it's a good idea to choose a major based on acceptance rates.

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Should You Use a Priority Application for College?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 10, 2022 5:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Did you receive a priority application from a college but aren't sure what exactly it is? Is it a scam? Does it mean you'll automatically be admitted? Should you apply to schools that offer you priority applications or do you have better options? This guide on priority applications will answer all your questions!

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Will an Associate’s Degree Transfer to Any College? Even an Ivy?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 10, 2022 1:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Did you earn an Associate's degree or attend a community college and now want to transfer to a four-year school? Will an associate's degree transfer to any college? What about ultra-competitive colleges like the Ivy League? Transferring to a new school can come with a lot of complications, not least because many schools aren't especially clear about their transfer policies on their websites. 

In this article, we explain the process of transferring from a community college to a four-year college, which classes you're most likely to get transfer credit for, the transfer policies of Ivy League and other top-tier schools, and how you can learn the transfer policy of any four-year college in the US.

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Should You Attend Yale Young Global Scholars?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 2, 2022 6:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Have you heard of the Yale Young Global Scholars program but aren't sure if it's worth attending? YYGS is a summer program for high school students run by Yale University. Some attendees love their experience, while others don't feel the program is worth its high price tag. So, should you apply?

This article will explain exactly what the benefits and drawbacks of YYGS are, as well as the questions you need to ask yourself before you make a decision to attend.

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The 10 Best Computer Science Competitions for Teens

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 17, 2022 12:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Are you a coder or computer science lover and want to show off your skills? Computer science competitions are a great way to do that! We've gathered information on 10 of the best computer science and coding competitions high school students can participate in. Look over the descriptions that seem most interesting to you, then keep reading to learn everything you need to do to make participating in these competitions stand out on your college applications.

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The Ultimate Guide to the AP Statistics Exam

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 13, 2022 12:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you taking AP Statistics? If so, you're likely wondering what to expect from the AP Statistics exam. Before you sit down to take the final test, it's important to understand how the AP Stats test is formatted, what topics it will cover, and how it'll be scored.

This guide will explain all of that information, show you official sample problems and give you tips on the best way to prepare for the AP Statistics test.

In 2023, the AP Statistics exam will take place on Thursday, May 5th at 12:00pm.

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What Will the IB Exams Be Like in 2022?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 3, 2022 5:30:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive changes to schools around the world, and IB has worked to adapt to those changes. In this guide to IB changes for 2022, we answer the following questions:

  • What will the 2022 IB exams be like? 
  • Will students even be taking IB exams?
  • Will students still receive IB diplomas? Will colleges still accept IB credit?
  • How can students prepare for IB exams during the pandemic?
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MIT vs Stanford: Which University Is Better?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Oct 24, 2022 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Are you struggling to decide between attending Stanford or MIT? Both are among the highest-ranked universities in the world, and both are particularly known for excellence in STEM programs. So how can you choose between them? In this guide, we compare MIT vs Stanford on a variety of key factors, in both a quick reference chart and in longer explanations. We then walk through the five questions you need to ask yourself in order to make the most well-informed decision and choose the school that's best for you.

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What Is a Priority Deadline for College? Is It Important?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Oct 23, 2022 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Are you applying to a school that uses priority deadlines and are unsure what that means? What is a priority deadline, and how does it differ from a regular deadline? Do you need to apply by a priority deadline? What happens if you don't? Read this article to learn the answer to each of these questions and understand how to make priority deadlines work for you.

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The 11 Best Architecture Schools for Undergrads

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Oct 17, 2022 11:00:00 AM

College Info

Do you love studying buildings and dream of spending your career designing them? If so, you're probably wondering where to get the best architecture education. Figuring out which architecture schools are best can be difficult, but we've done the hard work and compiled a list of the 11 best undergraduate architecture schools in the United States.

Each of these best schools for architecture has a description that explains what makes it an excellent program, and we also include a list of questions to ask yourself to help you decide which is the best architecture school for you.

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3 Writing Tips for the University of Florida Essay Prompts

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Oct 9, 2022 5:00:00 PM

College Essays

Are you applying to the University of Florida? You'll need to answer some essay prompts as part of your application.  Read this guide to learn what the University of Florida essay prompts are, what admissions officers are looking for in your response, what you should include and avoid in your answers, and what strong UF college essay examples look like.

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The 7 UChicago Essay Prompts: How to Write Stellar Responses

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Oct 9, 2022 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

The University of Chicago is famous for its unique essay topics. They're some of the most creative and off-the-wall essay prompts you'll see when applying to colleges, and it can sometimes be confusing to know how to tackle them.

What should you write about in your UChicago essays? How can you show that you're intelligent, creative, and worthy of a place at their school? As someone who spent a long time on my UChicago essays (and who got into the school), I've figured out exactly what UChicago is looking for in these essays.

 Read on to learn all about the UChicago essays, what the admissions team expects to see in your responses, what topics you should write about, and which topics you should avoid. In this guide, we also suggest sample essay ideas for each of the 2022/2023 UChicago supplement essay prompts and analyze past University of Chicago essay samples so you can see what a great UChicago essay looks like.

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4 Tips for Writing a Stand-Out Why UChicago Essay

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Oct 1, 2022 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

For students applying to the University of Chicago, the "Why UChicago" essay is more straightforward than most of the other essay prompts you'll see, but it can still be intimidating to try to figure out how you should tackle this essay.

What should you mention? What will impress the admissions team? What are they really looking for in your response?

We break down the "why UChicago essay," explain everything the University of Chicago is looking for in this essay, suggest topics to write about that'll help you stand out, and give why UChicago essay examples to help get your creative juices flowing.

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4 Top Tips to Write a Stellar Syracuse Essay

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 23, 2022 3:00:00 PM

College Essays

Getting admitted to Syracuse has only gotten tougher in recent years, and its current acceptance rate is about 59%. You'll need a strong application to get admitted, and that includes your essays.

You'll need to write one supplemental essay as part of your Syracuse application, and we're here to guide you through every step of the process. Read this guide to learn what the essay prompts are, what the admissions team is really looking for in your responses, what you can write about (and what to avoid), and what strong examples of Syracuse essays look like.

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