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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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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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The 14 Easiest Majors for Your Bachelor's Degree

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Feb 6, 2021 12:00:00 PM

General Education

Before we jump into this list of the easiest college degrees, let’s get one thing straight: there’s no such thing as an easy bachelor’s degree. Whatever degree you choose to pursue, you’ll have to work really hard to complete it.

With that caveat out of the way, this article outlines the easiest majors, why they’re easy, and what your career outlook will look like if you choose one of these college degrees.

 

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How to Balance Chemical Equations: 3 Simple Steps

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Feb 4, 2021 2:00:00 PM

General Education

A chemical equation tells you what happens during a chemical reaction. A balanced chemical equation has the correct number of reactants and products to satisfy the Law of Conservation of Mass.

In this article, we’ll talk about what a chemical equation is, how to balance chemical equations, and give you some examples to aid in your balancing chemical equations practice.

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How to Calculate Acceleration: The 3 Formulas You Need

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jan 16, 2021 1:00:00 PM

General Education

"Whoa, you really went from zero to sixty there!"

Have you ever heard someone use the idiom "zero to sixty" like I did in the above example? When someone says something went from "zero to sixty," they’re really saying that things accelerated very quickly. Acceleration is the amount by which the velocity of something changes over a set period of time.

In this article, we’ll be talking all about acceleration: what it is and how to calculate it. Buckle up!

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55 Great Debate Topics for Any Project

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jan 4, 2021 1:00:00 PM

General Education

A debate is a formal discussion about a topic where two sides present opposing viewpoints. Debates follow a specific structure: each side is given time to speak either for or against the topic at hand.

Many students study debate in high school to improve their speaking skills. As a debater, you learn how to clearly structure and present an argument. The skills you develop as a debater will help you on everything from a college admissions interview to a job presentation.

Selecting debate topics is one of the most important parts of debating. In this article, we’ll explain how to select a good debate topic and give suggestions for debate topics you can use.

 

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The 10 Best Culinary Schools in the US

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Oct 29, 2020 12:00:00 PM

General Education

If you want a career as a chef, just trying out new recipes at home isn't going to cut it. You'll need to hone your skills through education, experience, or both.

One of the ways to become a chef is by attending culinary school. In this article, we'll outline what culinary schools are, who should attend them, and provide a list of the ten best culinary schools for prospective chefs.

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