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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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Applying the Lessons I Learned at Harvard Business School to the College Application Process

The College Application Process is Like Building a Business or Selling a Product Once you submit your application, regional admissions officers will read your application which, for most schools, consists of some numbers (transcript, test scores), some essays, a few … Continue reading

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The Interview

If you are offered a personal interview, take it! I know many of you might be terrified of college interviews but they are a wonderful opportunity to make a personal impression and breathe some life into your paper application. I … Continue reading

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Be The Complete Candidate: Interests and Activities

“Extra! Extra! Read All About Extracurriculars!”  Here’s how it usually goes when I ask a student to assemble her list of interests and activities for inclusion in the college application packet: she invariably will begin with 12th grade activities and … Continue reading

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From Stef’s Desk: Confidentially Speaking…

Can you keep a secret?  Well, most people can’t.  Even if they promise they will.  Your college target list and application details are your personal information, and I don’t believe they should be shared with your friends or classmates. I … Continue reading

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The Art Of The Essay

Some students enjoy writing and, therefore, look forward to their college essay.  Others cringe at the very thought.  Regardless of which camp you fall into, whether you are a strong or weak writer, you have probably never faced an essay … Continue reading

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Be The Complete Candidate: Developing Your College Admissions Strategy

It’s ALL About YOU! Just as archaeologists study prehistoric cultures by excavating and analyzing artifacts and inscriptions, the college admissions officers will attempt to discover things about you via your application package.  Let’s begin our deep dig into your personal … Continue reading

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Then vs. Now: The University of Social Networking

Stating the obvious, technology is pervasive.  Just as in every industry, the internet changed the landscape of college admission.  In addition to slick websites, most colleges now have Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and blogs. I caution you to remember that … Continue reading

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From Stef’s Desk: Why Fareed is Right

Have you followed CNN host and author Fareed Zakaria’s current publicity tour for his new book, In Defense of a Liberal Education? With all of the focus on STEM degrees and career preparedness, I was excited to hear a political … Continue reading

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A Roadmap: Where to Start the College Admissions Process

I’m dating myself with the word Roadmap.  Instead, let’s talk about a GPS for the College Admissions Process, shall we? True story – 5th grade map reading is the only academic unit I have ever failed.  And, I have yet … Continue reading

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