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Hayley Milliman

Hayley Milliman is a former teacher turned writer who blogs about education, history, and technology. When she was a teacher, Hayley's students regularly scored in the 99th percentile thanks to her passion for making topics digestible and accessible. In addition to her work for PrepScholar, Hayley is the author of Museum Hack's Guide to History's Fiercest Females.

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How to Write Stellar Stanford Essays: 3 Expert Tips

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Sep 10, 2021 7:00:00 PM

College Essays

Are you hoping to be one of the less than 5% of students admitted to Stanford this year? If so, you'll need to write some amazing essays as part of your application.

In this article, we'll outline the different types of essays you need to write for your Stanford University application and teach you how to write an essay that will help you stand out from the thousands of other applicants. We'll also go over the five short answer questions that are part of the Stanford supplement.

So let's get started!

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5 Tips for Writing a Great UPenn Essay

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Sep 9, 2021 2:00:00 PM

College Essays

The University of Pennsylvania requires all first year applicants to submit a personal essay as well as a Penn-specific essay. If you're hoping to be one of the 6% of students admitted to Penn every year, your UPenn essay is an important part of your application. You'll need to make sure your essays are strong to increase your chances of admission.

In this article, we'll go over the UPenn essay logistics—covering exactly what you need to write for each college you're applying to at UPenn. Then, we'll break down each prompt, offering suggestions for what to write about. Finally, we'll give tips on how to write an amazing UPenn essay that'll help you get into your dream school.

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3 Top Tips for a Stand-Out Cornell Essay

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Sep 9, 2021 1:00:00 PM

College Essays

For the 2020-2021 admission cycle, Cornell admitted just 8.7% of their total applicant pool. In order to be one of the students who gets accepted, you need to write amazing Cornell essays as part of your Cornell University application.

In this article, we'll outline the different types of essays you need to write for your Cornell University application and teach you how to write a Cornell supplement essay that will help you stand out from the thousands of other applicants.

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4 Tips for Duke Essays That Will Get You Accepted

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Sep 9, 2021 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Do you want to be a Blue Devil? If so, you'll need to submit strong Duke essays as part of your application.

Duke requires its applicants to answer two essays, one as part of the Common or Coalition app, and one "Why Duke" essay. Students will also have the option to answer two more personal essay prompts, but they aren't required.

We're going to break down all the prompts for you and walk you though how to write amazing Duke supplement essays. So let's get started!

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3 Tips for Writing a Stellar Why Boston University Essay

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Sep 8, 2021 3:00:00 PM

College Essays

If you're applying to Boston University, you'll need to respond to the Why Boston University essay prompt. The Why BU essay is a required element of your application and a great way to show the BU admissions committee why Boston University is the right fit for you, and vice versa.

In this article, we'll break down the Why Boston University essay prompt, give you ideas for what to talk about in your own essay, and offer tips for writing an essay that's sure to wow the admissions committee.

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The Expert Guide to the Columbia Supplement

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Sep 8, 2021 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Less than 5% of applicants are admitted to Columbia every year. Do you want to be one of them? If so, you'll need to write amazing Columbia essays as part of your application.

In this article, we'll outline the different types of essays you need to write for your Columbia Supplement and teach you how to write an essay that will help you stand out from the thousands of other applicants.

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4 Tips for Writing Stellar Virginia Tech Essays

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Sep 7, 2021 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Are you hoping to be part of Virginia Tech's next matriculating class? If so, you'll need to write strong Virginia Tech essays to supplement your application.

All Virginia Tech applicants are required to answer four short answer questions as part of their application. In this article, we'll break down what the Virginia Tech essays are and what the admissions committee is looking for in your answer.

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3 Tips for Writing Your Williams College Supplement

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Sep 5, 2021 3:00:00 PM

College Essays

Williams is among the most selective colleges in the country. In 2021, its acceptance rate was only 8%. As part of your Williams application, you’ll need to respond to the Williams writing supplement.

In this article, we’ll cover the four questions that make up the Williams writing supplement, offer suggestions for what to write about in your essay, and give you tips for crafting the best essay possible.

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3 Expert Tips for Tackling the UVA Essay Prompts

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Sep 4, 2021 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia boasts impressive academics, competitive sports team, and a long list of notable alumni. Though about 17,000 students attend UVA, the school has an admissions rate of 23%—meaning you'll have to work hard if you want to be a Cavalier.

One of the best ways to boost your chances of admissions is by writing great UVA essays as part of your application. In this article, we'll break down what the UVA essay prompts are and how you can write responses to each prompt that will make you stand out.

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How to Get Into West Point: 3 Key Tips

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Sep 3, 2021 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Located in West Point, NY, West Point is also known as the United States Military Academy.

West Point is one of the most prestigious universities in the country and is extremely competitive to get into. It also has an in-depth application process with some unique requirements that you won't see at non-military colleges and universities.

In this article, we'll cover exactly how to get into West Point, from the test scores you should aim for to the logistical requirements of your application.

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How to Get Into NYU: 4 Key Tips to Build a Great Application

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Sep 2, 2021 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

If you want to go to NYU, you'll need to make sure your application is strong enough to stand out from the crowd of other applicants. NYU's acceptance rate is falling every year, so you'll need all parts of your application to be competitive if you hope to be admitted to NYU.

In this article, we'll teach you everything you need to know to get into NYU. First, we'll talk about how hard it is to get into NYU in the first place, taking a look at the average test scores and grades of admitted applicants. Next, we'll discuss NYU's admissions requirements and essays. Finally, we'll give tips to teach you how to get into NYU.

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How to Get Into UCLA: 4 Key Tips

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Aug 31, 2021 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Are you hoping to get into UCLA? If so, this article will help you learn everything you need to know to become one of UCLA's accepted applicants this year.

We'll discuss how hard it is to get into UCLA, what UCLA is looking for in its students, the test scores and GPA you need to stand out from other applicants, and how to ace your UCLA essays.

 

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How to Get Into MIT: 5 Expert Admissions Tips

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Aug 28, 2021 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of the best schools in the world. If you want to be one of the few students accepted into MIT every year, you'll need to make sure your application is up to snuff.

In this article, we'll break down exactly how to get into MIT, from the test scores you need to the tips and tricks that'll help your application stand out.

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4 Tips to Write a Winning "Why Brown" Essay

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Aug 15, 2021 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Students who are applying to Brown have to answer the "Why Brown" essay question. This essay prompt asks students why they want to attend Brown and what they hope to contribute to Brown's unique community.

In this guide, we'll discuss what the "Why Brown" essay prompt is, why it exists, and how to answer it well. We'll also go over a real "Why Brown" essay example.

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The Complete History of Hip Hop

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Feb 13, 2021 4:00:00 PM

General Education

Although widely synonymous with rap music today, hip-hop actually got its start as a full-on cultural movement in the 1970s. For the first few decades that the term was around, hip-hop wasn’t just about music: it also referred to art, style, dance, and philosophy.

In this article, we cover the full history of hip hop dance and music and include a helpful hip hop history timeline for reference.

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