Category Archive: essay

Feb 11

New 2017-18 Common Application Essay Questions Are Out

The 2017-2018 common application essay prompts are now out. Take a look at them to get a head start. “Working in close consultation with the counselors and admission officers on our advisory committees, we revised these prompts in a way that we believe will help students see expanded opportunities for expressing themselves. Those revisions appear …

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Oct 09

How To Maximize Your College Admissions Chances

Here is an article I’ve been quoted in, that appeared in the Long Island Herald. I hope it answers many of your questions about the college process.          

Apr 10

Procrastination: Some Valuable Insight

Tim Urban, co founder of Arbor Bridge presents on Ted Talk about procrastination. Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator Are you a procrastinator? What does that mean? Click here to hear the TED Talk.

Jul 26

Is The College Essay That Important?

Find out the answer to this very important question in an article I authored, by clicking here. Also, be sure to check out the four topics that are used as essay themes too often.

Apr 26

2015-2016 Common Application Essay Prompts Are Ready

Hot off the press! Here are the new and revised Common Application Essay Prompts. Do be aware that there are often many more essays students have to write in addition to the common application prompts. Many students are faced with 10, 20 and more essays to write, of varying lengths and topics.  I work with …

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Nov 15

Confessions Of An Application Reader- UC Berkeley

“A HIGHLY qualified student, with a 3.95 unweighted grade point average and 2300 on the SAT, was not among the top-ranked engineering applicants to the University of California, Berkeley. He had perfect 800s on his subject tests in math and chemistry, a score of 5 on five Advanced Placement exams, musical talent and, in one …

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Oct 19

The College Application Mistake That Will Kill Your Chances

“Most students complete a college application in the order it’s written: giving their name and address, listing their awards and test scores, embracing the large essay that outlines their life (or wrestling with that essay, which is a special kind of embrace) and completely overlooking that dinky little essay that comes near the end.” Read …

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Sep 14

College Essay Advice From Tufts Admissions -Watch the video

“It takes a lot more thought than it does writing…You’re never going to find the right word if you don’t have the right idea to begin with. “A lot more self-reflection and thinking…” is needed. Stay away from the “service and sports” essays. Watch more of this video by clicking here.

May 18

Many Applications To Selective Colleges Get Just A Single Read

Students aiming for selective colleges will agonize for days or weeks over every little detail of their applications. But often that file will get just one read, perhaps 5 to 15 minutes, before a gatekeeper decides yes or no…. Reider said the volume of applications at many elite schools — there were about 39,000, for …

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May 04

Conversations With A Harvard Admissions Officer

Make sure your essays, all of them, are superb! When I work with students much of our time is spent on the genre of the college essay, brainstorming ideas, drafting and revisions. This is for good reason and this article supports this effort. “Yes, while looking at their perfect SAT scores and looking at their …

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