College admission essay

The Importance of Being a Leader

  Many Universities seek students who are driven to be a leader. This is because they want a student who can improve their school’s environment by leading a team in an efficient and positive way, for both students and teachers. They are interested in students with optimistic attitudes who can take on responsibility and guide their team in a clear direction. A leader is someone who is reliable and can motivate their team to achieve…

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Help Motivate Students to Want to Write

Many students may be discouraged as beginning writers, which can prevent them from wanting to write. Their English classes may be more focused on persuasive and research essays, which can come off as very overwhelming at times. There are many different writing strategies and techniques that can help motivate students to want to write and excel at writing. The first step is to let them write about things that interest them during their free time.…

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Writing the Admissions Essay

It may be only 500 words, but the admissions essay portion of a college application can mean the difference between acceptance and rejection. How you write your personal essay shows the admissions committee why you are different from everybody else. It provides information about you that test scores, grades, and extracurricular pursuits just cannot. You can use the essay to describe a favorite activity, to tell a story about yourself, or even a story about…

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The College Application Process

The College Application Process is not as difficult as it might seem. These suggestions can help guide you. Collect information about colleges  You can gather information from a lot of sources to begin your search. College catalogs, information bulletins or videos College representatives Parents, students and alumni School counselors and teachers College websites and Internet searches Directories and computerized information systems Professionals in the field College planning section of your ACT score report Your high…

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College Planning Timelines

11th Grade: College Planning Timeline This is a key year in the college planning process because you’ll be taking standardized tests, narrowing down your college list, and learning more about financial aid. In addition, you’ll need to stay involved in your high school courses and activities. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Fall Stay on track with your classes and grades. Meet with your counselor to see what you still need to take. Check on your class rank and your…

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The Value of Applying Early Action

When applying to colleges, it is important to start the process early. It may seem like there is plenty of time to complete applications, but it is best to not procrastinate. When I applied to college five years ago, I did the early action route. I was accepted to some of my choices by the middle of my senior year. Because I did early action, one of my choices, (and the school I actually attended)…

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Dos and Don’ts of College Essay Writing

In competitive admissions pools, where thousands of applicants have strong academic credentials and a laundry list of extracurricular activities, well-written personal essays can mean the difference between getting accepted, waitlisted or outright rejected. Your essays are a chance to go beyond the raw numbers like GPAs or test scores and show admissions counselors how particular experiences have shaped the passions, beliefs and goals you’ll bring to a campus community. But they also present an opportunity…

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Dos and Don’ts of College Essay Writing

Emily Newhook is an outreach coordinator for the MHA degree program from The George Washington University, MHA@GW. Outside of work, she enjoys writing, film studies and powerlifting. Follow Emily on Twitter @EmilyNewhook and Google+. Dos and Don’ts of College Essay Writing In competitive admissions pools, where thousands of applicants have strong academic credentials and a laundry list of extracurricular activities, well-written personal essays can mean the difference between getting accepted, waitlisted or outright rejected. Your…

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Strategies for College Admission

If you are going to be working on your child’s college applications this Thanksgiving break, remember that there are many factors that lead up to college admission beyond the essays and recommendations that you will be sending along with the application. Colleges do not want students who are simply a list of high GPAs and test scores. They want students who are motivated and who academically challenge themselves as much as possible. The most selective…

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How to Make Your Child’s College Admission Essay Stand Out From the Crowd

The process of writing a top-notch college admission essay is a long and arduous one. Every senior in high school struggles with this component, and sometimes students feel defeated about their writing process before they even start. Students may not know what subject to choose or how to begin developing an appropriate essay. This is a very relatable problem, so if your child is having a hard time, do not take it as a sign…

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