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5 Tips for Writing an Incredible FSU Essay

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Jan 14, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Florida State University, or FSU, is a top-100 school and ranked number three in Florida Colleges. With a 56 percent acceptance rating, they’re considered to be a competitive school. That means you’ll need to impress them in your application, and a well-written FSU essay is one great way to go about it!

This guide will walk you through the FSU essay, including whether or not writing one is the right choice for you.

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5 Tips for Writing a Stellar Vanderbilt Supplement Essay

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Jan 2, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Vanderbilt is one of the United States’ highest-ranking colleges. With an acceptance rate of just 10 percent, it’s ranked as extremely competitive. It’s no surprise—Vanderbilt is known for having a wealth of appealing programs, including its school of medicine, the Peabody College of Education and Human Development, and Blair School of Music.

Because it’s extremely competitive, you’ll need to set yourself apart as a prospective student. That doesn’t mean just your grades and impressive extracurriculars; it also means writing a killer essay to go along with your application.

In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about Vanderbilt’s supplemental essay, including some ideal topics, some pitfalls to avoid, and even some analysis of past Vanderbilt essays that have worked.

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How to Write Amazing Caltech Essays

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Dec 26, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

The California Institute of Technology—or Caltech, as it’s more commonly known—is a highly exclusive college. If you want to join the Beavers, you’ll need not just top grades and standardized test scores, but strong writing supplements to support them as well.

Caltech accepts around nine percent of students that apply, making it an extremely competitive schoolThe more you know about the Caltech essay prompts before you start, the better prepared you are to answer them.

Read on to learn about 2018’s essay prompts, as well as some tips and tricks for maximizing their potential to impress!

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Transfer Student Requirements: What Do Universities Look For?

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Dec 25, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Being a transfer student has benefits, but it can be even harder to navigate than applying as a freshman straight out of high school. Transfer student requirements can be tricky to figure out, as many college application guides are written with freshmen in mind.

Despite the difficulty, being a transfer student is worth it. Whether you want to transfer because you’re ready to move from community college to a four-year university or because your school isn’t the right fit, this guide will help you learn what colleges look for in transfer students and how to make your application more appealing to colleges.

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4 Tips for Writing a Johns Hopkins Essay That Works

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Dec 24, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Johns Hopkins University is considered one of the top-ten national schools in the United States. As the country’s first research university, Johns Hopkins is interested in fostering lifelong learning and research. Though their medical school is perhaps their most famous department, Johns Hopkins has many prestigious programs—and their reputation means admittance is extremely competitive, with just a 13 percent acceptance rate.

If you want to join the band of Blue Jays, you’ll need to be a stellar student—and you’ll need to write a killer Johns Hopkins essay. This guide will walk you through the Johns Hopkins supplement, including best practices for answering the prompt, how to plan your essay, and analyzing essays that got other applicants in.

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3 Top Tips for Writing Exceptional Georgetown Essays

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Dec 18, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

With an acceptance rate of just 17 percent, Georgetown is ranked as an extremely competitive school. If you want to be a part of the student body, you need to impress, and one of the best opportunities you have to do that is in your Georgetown essays.

Don’t let the Georgetown essay prompts intimidate you. Though they may look complicated at first—and they do ask complex questions—some foresight and planning will help you write essays that are sure to impress.

This guide will walk you through the Georgetown essays, giving you a look into the expectations and thought process behind each of the essay prompts.

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3 Key Tips for Writing Successful Tufts Supplemental Essays

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Dec 11, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Tufts University has a selective acceptance rate—right around 14 percent in 2016. You'll need a strong application to stand out from other applicants, including stellar essays. Luckily, this guide is here to help you out!

In this blog post, we'll cover everything you need to know about the writing portion of Tufts University's application, including what prompts are available and how to answer them. 

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College Interview Attire: What to Wear to Your Interview

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Dec 8, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

As if college applications aren't stressful enough, an interview with the admissions department can ramp anxiety up to eleven. Though an interview is a great way to make a lasting impression, it also introduces some new things to worry about in addition to your application, such as what you're supposed to wear. 

Like all parts of the college application process, you want to make a good impression, but also be yourself. Not everyone is a fashion maven, and there are additional barriers for students experiencing academic hardship.

If you have questions about what to wear to a college interview, you're in luck—we've got answers. From how to style yourself to how to afford business casual on a budget, this guide will help you look sharp and feel confident during your college interview.

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How to Write an Excellent “Why Tufts?” Essay

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Dec 5, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

If you're applying to Tufts University, you should already have an answer to "Why Tufts?" But answering the "Why Tufts?" essay question as part of your application requires more than acknowledgement that it's a good school.

Whether you attend because Tufts has some of the happiest students or because you want the prestige of attending a well-regarded research university, this guide to the "Why Tufts" essay prompts will guide you through the requirements, expectations, and strategies you need to write an exemplary essay.

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How to Be Successful in High School: Complete Guide

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Nov 24, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Other High School

There's a lot of pressure in high school to prepare for the future, but between classes, extracurriculars, and trying to have a social life, thinking about what comes after high school can feel like being told to climb a mountain with no help.

Instead of fixating on the future, success in high school means thinking about what you can do now. Being on top of things in high school is a great foundation for success in the future. 

But what does being successful mean? How can you get started today? What should you worry about, and what should you let slide?

This guide will help you learn how to be successful in high school no matter where you are in your education. With tips and goals to strive for, you'll be prepared for the future at any point in high school—it's never too late to start getting a plan together.

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How to Get Into Columbia: 3 Key Tips

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Nov 22, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Columbia University is a prestigious school, not just because of its low acceptance rate or high starting salary for graduates. It’s one of the oldest colleges in the US, and has had huge numbers of well-known graduates, including Founding Fathers, famous directors, and politicians.

Like any Ivy League, Columbia is a place for both education and networking, creating a solid foundation and social circle for your future career. But first, you have to know how to get into Columbia. And with a school and selective as Columbia, that’s going to be difficult—but not impossible. 

Follow this guide to get your college application in shape for a Columbia acceptance!

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Here's Exactly What to Wear on Your College Visit or Tour

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Nov 21, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

A college tour is one of the best opportunities you have to learn about what a campus is really like. Reading promotional material, or even student blogs, isn't the same as seeing and experiencing it for yourself, but, like any other aspect of applying to college, you need to make sure you're prepared for a college visit—and that means wearing the right outfit!

Most of the time, dressing for a college tour is a casual affair. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider the best way to go about it—comfort and classiness are key.

This guide will walk you through the best way to dress for many different college visit scenarios. A bit of planning will help you have the best possible experience, as well as prepare you for interviews, auditions, and just exploring your dream campus. Read on to find out how!

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4 Tips for Writing the Perfect University of Washington Essay

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Nov 14, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

The University of Washington is often ranked among public Ivy Leagues—that is, public schools with the academic clout and selectivity to elevate their reputations. So if you want to be a Husky, it’s not just about good grades and test scores. You’ll also need to prove yourself with a good University of Washington essay, combining your technical skill with your knowledge of the school and your reasons for wanting to attend to attract attention from admissions officers. 

But to do that, you need to know how to write great UW essays. The University of Washington uses the Coalition Application, which can be submitted to multiple schools and includes an essay section with several different prompts. The supplemental UW essay prompts are pretty standard, but we have all the helpful tips you need to make sure your application is set to impress.

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What Are the Best Questions to Ask at a College Fair?

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Oct 26, 2018 3:00:00 PM

College Admissions

A college fair may not feature popcorn and carnival rides—sorry, folks!—but they are a great source of information for prospective college students. Coming prepared with a detailed plan, including a list of questions to ask at a college fair, will make sure you get the most out of your experience. This is often your first chance to meet with a school's representatives, so use that time wisely!

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