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Hannah Muniz

Hannah received her MA in Japanese Studies from the University of Michigan and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California. From 2013 to 2015, she taught English in Japan via the JET Program. She is passionate about education, writing, and travel.

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4 Tips for Writing a Stellar Boston College Essay

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 13, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions, College Essays

Ranked among the top 50 colleges nationwide, Boston College is an excellent college choice, especially if you're hoping to attend a religious institution. As part of the application process, you'll need to submit a Boston College essay. So what should you write about in your essay to raise your chances of getting admitted here?

In this guide, we closely analyze all Boston College essay prompts, providing you with our best tips and advice. We'll also take a look at real Boston College essay examples to give you an idea of what a successful Boston College essay can look like.

So let's get started!

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262 SAT Vocab Words You Must Know

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 6, 2019 12:00:00 PM

SAT Writing, SAT Reading

A lot of students immediately think of vocabulary when they hear the word SAT. But are SAT vocab words really that important for doing well on the test? Kind of. If you’re aiming for a high score, you’ll definitely want to spend some time learning key SAT words.

In this guide, we give you a comprehensive list of 262 of the most common SAT vocabulary words. We also explain how vocab is tested on the SAT, what types of questions you’ll see, and how to get the most out of your vocab prep.

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College Waitlist: What Are Your Chances of Getting In?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 29, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Getting waitlisted at a college certainly isn’t a bad thing—your application was good enough to not get rejected!—but it’s definitely an uncomfortable place to be. After all, when you’re on the college waitlist, you don’t know whether you’ll be admitted or not, and that alone is anxiety-inducing.

Luckily, there are many things you can do to increase your odds of getting off a waitlist. In this article, we explain how the college waitlist works, what steps to take if you've been waitlisted, and how to raise your college waitlist chances so you can attend your dream school.

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What Is a Dual Degree Program? Should You Do One?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 29, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Info

You’ve probably heard of a double major, but have you heard of a dual degree? In a dual degree program, you’ll study two academic fields at once, earn you two separate degrees.

Below, we explain what a dual degree is and show you several examples of the different types of dual degree programs available. We also go over the pros and cons of getting a dual degree, and give you tips to help you decide whether a dual degree is right for you.

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When Is the March SAT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 25, 2019 7:35:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

Ah, spring. While most students are already celebrating the coming end to the school year, others are busy studying for the March SAT. This raises a critical question: exactly who should take the March SAT? Should you? Or would another test date work better for you and your schedule?

Read on to learn when the upcoming March SAT is, when scores will be released online and to the colleges you chose, and the biggest pros and cons of this popular spring test date.

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21 Fun and Easy Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 24, 2019 3:00:00 PM

General Education

If you’re raising a toddler, you’re probably used to the tantrums, the nursery rhymes, the same old bedtime stories. But have you ever thought about spicing up your routine with some crafts? There are so many fun and easy crafts for toddlers, and we introduce some of the best here.

Keep reading to learn how crafts for toddlers can have tons of developmental benefits and to take a look at our list of 21 exciting preschool crafts. 

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32 Fun Crafts for Kids and Simple DIY Projects to Try

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 24, 2019 2:00:00 PM

General Education

If you or your kids are feeling creative, crafts are the absolute best activity to do. But what kinds of crafts for kids are there? You’d be surprised at the options that await you! Here, we'll explain the different benefits of crafts and the basic materials you’ll typically need before giving you a list of 32 fun and easy DIYs for kids.

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The 9 Best Jesuit Colleges

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 22, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Interested in attending a Jesuit college? You’ve probably come across a few in your college search and didn’t even know it. Jesuit colleges are private colleges affiliated with the Jesuit order (a form of Catholicism). However, you don’t need to be a Jesuit or a Catholic in order to attend one of these schools—or to get the most out of your experience at one.

If you’re strongly considering going to a Jesuit college, you're probably wondering just how good these colleges really are, academically speaking. In this guide, we introduce our picks for the top nine Jesuit colleges in the US. We then offer some tips on whether you should attend one or not.

Before we go over our list of Jesuit colleges, though, let's briefly go over what a Jesuit college is.

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Is Stanford an Ivy League School? Is Duke? MIT?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 22, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Most people have at least heard of the Ivy League, but not everyone knows which schools belong to the venerable group. Is Stanford Ivy League? Is Duke Ivy League? Is MIT Ivy League?

In this article, we'll answer these questions and more as we take a look at which schools comprise the world-renowned Ivy League and which schools are most often mistaken for Ivy League institutions. We'll also explore what being in the Ivy League means for schools and how Ivy League schools compare with those not in the Ivy League in terms of national rankings and selectivity.

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4 Tips for Writing Stellar UGA Essays

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 15, 2019 5:00:00 PM

College Info, College Essays

The University of Georgia is an excellent public school ranked in the top 50 universities nationwide. If you’re applying here, you’ll need to submit two amazing essays. So what are the UGA essay prompts? And how can you ensure your UGA essays will make you stand out?

In this in-depth guide, we give you all the current UGA essay prompts and tips for choosing and approaching the best prompt for you. We also look at an actual UGA application essay example to give you an idea of what your own essay can and should look like.

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4 Tips for Writing a Great UIUC Essay

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 15, 2019 1:00:00 PM

College Info, College Essays

Thinking of attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign? Then you've come to the right place. For this highly ranked public school, you'll need to submit a personal statement with your application. But what should you include in your UIUC essay to make you stand out?

Read on to learn what the current UIUC essay prompt is and how to write a great UIUC essay. We also show you a real UIUC essay example to give you an idea of what a great statement looks like.

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Ivy Day 2020: What Is It, When Is It, and What to Do Next

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 15, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

If you’ve applied or are currently applying to Ivy League schools, you’ve likely heard the phrase "Ivy Day." Ivy Day, or Ivy Admissions Day, is when all the Ivy League schools announce their admissions decisions for regular decision first-year applicants.

Keep reading to learn more about what to expect on Ivy Day, when Ivy Day 2020 will be, and what to do with your admissions decision(s) once Ivy Day is over.

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4 Tips for Stand-Out Carnegie Mellon Essays

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 15, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Carnegie Mellon is ranked among the top 25 universities in the nation, so you'll need to have an impressive application—with stand-out essays, of course!—in order to get admitted. Applicants must submit a total of four Carnegie Mellon essays, three of which comprise the Carnegie Mellon supplement.

Keep reading to learn what the current Carnegie Mellon essay prompts are, what topics you could write about, and what qualities make for a great Carnegie Mellon essay.

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How to Write a Diversity Essay: 4 Key Tips

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 15, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

If you’re applying to college, you've probably heard the phrase "diversity essay" once or twice. This type of essay is a little different from your typical "Why this college?" essay. Instead of focusing on why you've chosen a certain school, you'll write about your background, values, community, and experiences—basically, what makes you special.

In this guide, I explain what a diversity college essay is, what schools are looking for in this essay, and what you can do to ensure your diversity essay stands out.

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What's a Good PSAT Score for 2019?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 13, 2019 2:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Taking the 2019 PSAT? Then you’ll want to have a decent grasp of what a good PSAT score for 2019 is. There are three main ways you can define good 2019 PSAT scores: (1) using percentiles, (2) using National Merit score cutoffs, and (3) based on the SAT scores you’ll need for colleges.

In this guide, we start by going over how PSAT scoring works and the most important information you'll see on your PSAT score report, from scores and subscores to percentiles. Then, we dive into our three definitions of what good 2019 PSAT scores are.

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