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Great Advice From Recent College Freshmen

It’s summer and college freshmen who made it through their first year of college have plenty of wisdom to share. Here are some insights from two former clients about their first year of college.What advice do you have for graduated high school seniors about choosing first-year courses?“It is extremely helpful to get advice from academic advisors,” said Maya, a Brandeis University student. “I ...

Revision and Editing: What Makes A College Essay Work?

So you have written a first draft of your college essay, and deep down you know it needs work. However, you are feeling a bit stuck because you find it really embarrassing to write about yourself. Plus, everyone keeps telling you that your essay must be personal, that it needs to SHOW not TELL, and that it needs to be interesting and grammatically correct. You know you need help, but where do you turn? ...

Top 5 Experiences For Getting The Most From College

You’ll be off to college before you know it. You spent so much time thinking about applying, so now it’s time to think about what you will do once you arrive on campus. Here are five essential experiences for your college years.1. Join An Activity. Did you know that the number one initiative a student can take to ensure their happiness during freshmen year of college is to join an activity? This ...

Five Tips for Generating College Essay Topics

The main college essay in The Common Application is often referred to as a personal statement. Why personal? Because the essay should help the reader gain insight into who the student is as a person. It’s an essay that should be introspective and reflect what is meaningful to you. Before you turn to the empty document on your computer screen to start writing, it is essential that you spend some ...
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Five Tasks to Master Before You Leave for College

Congratulations to soon-to-be or recent graduates!  Now is a good time to take stock of how prepared you are for the independence of college living—and what you might need to shore up before you pack up at the end of August. Here are five things you need to know before you go:Manage Money. Most college students open a bank account on or near campus and colleges often have a bank representative on ...

Why Sophomore Year Is Not Too Early To Work With A Consultant

Although students file their college applications in the fall of their senior year, there are many reasons to start working with a consultant as early as ninth or tenth grade. Here are a few scenarios:High-Achieving Students. It is not uncommon for us to meet students late in junior year who have top grades in the most rigorous programs offered by their high schools and top test scores. It can be ...

After the Acceptance Letter: Transitioning to College

Now that you have sorted through the acceptance letters, weighed the pros and cons of each college, and decided where you want to go, you might think that everything is set until you move to college in August. While you should definitely take time to savor your accomplishments and to enjoy your summer, there are also some steps you should take to help you prepare for your transition to college. A little ...

Five Steps To Appealing a Financial Aid or Merit Award

Now that students are receiving their financial need-based and merit scholarship awards, it is important to look at the fine print. Colleges typically lump together grant aid, which is money that does not need to be paid back, with loans. When comparing awards, it is important to compare grants to grants and exclude loans from the comparison to truly evaluate which colleges are offering the best financial ...

College Decisions: Be Proud of Yourself, but Be Gracious Too!

Tim logs into the account that he created when he applied to Elite College at 5 pm on December 15th, just as he was instructed to do. He has been waiting for this moment for a long time, and he fervently hopes he will be admitted. The decision is there–and the first word he reads is Congratulations. Tim is in. He logs into Facebook and posts on his wall: I did it. I am going to Elite College ...

International Studies: George Washington, American, Goucher and George Mason

As a follow-up to last month’s article on international studies majors, here is an overview of additional Washington, DC-area universities offering programs.The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs offers its students access to career coaches who have experience in international issues. They bring employers to campus to discuss jobs and internships and sponsor panel ...

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