Category Archives: Be The Complete Candidate

Good News: You Got Accepted. Not So Good News: It’s for Spring.

Congratulations!  Your got accepted to your top choice college.  Too bad you can’t start until January of next year.  What to do? Well, let’s start with what NOT to do.  Do NOT burst into tears and burn your acceptance letter … Continue reading

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10 Things Juniors Should Do Now To Prepare for College

I know college applications seem as though they are a thing of the distant future but I promise you they will be here before you know it. In order to make this process smooth, successful and as stress-free as possible, … Continue reading

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What is Your Brand?

Applying to college is not much different than selling a product. This may seem like an odd statement, but I will explain. Let’s start with an example. Compare Walmart and Safeway. What are the characteristics that you associate with each … Continue reading

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Attention College Bound Juniors: It’s Time to Set Your Schedule!

To all College-Bound Juniors: It is time to start thinking about your senior year schedule. Strong performance during your junior year is very important in the college admissions process, but so is your performance during senior year. Don’t take your … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About You

(How to Differentiate You From Every Other Applicant) Tell me about yourself. What should be the easiest question to answer, is often the most frequently botched.  Usually, the answer I get is, “What do you want to know?”  Well, at … Continue reading

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Attention-Grabbing Openings

How to Make an Impact with The First Essay Sentence To all College-Bound Juniors and Seniors: Your college essay is your first impression…so make it count! At the height of the season, many college admissions officers often read 30-40 applications … Continue reading

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Do You Know How to Right? Common Grammatical Errors

To all College-Bound Juniors and Seniors: The primary purpose of your college essay is to give a clear picture of who you are to the admissions counselors. Your essay should be original and creative and tell the college something about … Continue reading

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Recommendations are Highly Recommended: PART 2

Fine Tune Your Recommendations If you think of teacher and counselor recommendations as being outside your control, you are missing a BIG opportunity. Although you won’t see what your recommenders submit on your behalf, you are most certainly able to … Continue reading

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Recommendations are Highly Recommended: PART 1

Count how many times I use some form of the word “recommend” in this blog entry! Two teacher recommendations are requested by most colleges, in addition to one from your high school counselor. The purpose of these recommendations is to … Continue reading

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Show You’re Interested

Anything you can do to separate yourself from the pack of college applicants will work to your advantage. One area that many prospective college students overlook is Demonstrated Interest. How will your target schools know you are interested in attending … Continue reading

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