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October To-Do List

 
 
Seniors
  • If you are applying early, watch deadlines (many are November 1) and complete early decision agreements.
  • If applicable, make sure to send your official test scores via College Board or ACT.
  • Put the finishing touches on your essays and applications and have someone who understands the college essay proof them.
  • Parents: Complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile for Financial Aid. Students: Research and apply for scholarships.
Juniors
  • Begin reflecting on what you are seeking

Acing The College Admissions Interview

Fall is here, and that means that some colleges will be holding admissions interviews with prospective applicants. The admissions interview is a place for the admissions representative (or someone else connected to the school) to see another side of you. It is also a chance for you to get an insider’s view of the college or to explain an inconsistency in your academic record in a personal, heartfelt way. To help you make the most of this opportunity, here is some advice on…

Five Tips For College Visits

You should plan to visit at least some of the colleges you are considering. In fact, campus visits can be the most important factor in helping prospective students assess whether a college’s location, academic offerings, atmosphere and community are a good fit.

Since Covid, most colleges now offer online information sessions and tours, however, try to get out to see campuses when you can. Be aware that some campuses are not allowing visitors, or only permit self-guided tours

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September To-Do List

 
 
Seniors
  • Finalize your main essay and complete your common application so you may begin focusing on your supplementary essays.
  • Schedule interviews where available on campus or in your community.
  • If you are applying early by November 1 or to a rolling admissions college, complete the following by October 1st: if you are submitting scores, send your official test scores via College Board or ACT, request transcripts and confirm that your recommendations will be sent by deadline.

How Not to Write an Admissions Essay: Pitfalls You Can (and Should) Avoid

There are many ways to write a college admissions essay, and students’ approaches range from the meticulous (pre-writing, outlining, and then writing) to the more free form. While we have offered advice on how to write the admissions essay, giving you advice on what to do is only part of the story. Here are some things that you should avoid when writing your college admissions essay (or any essay for that matter):

1. Writing Too Much – The Common Application main essay has a 650 word…

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August To-Dos

 
 
Rising Seniors
  • Set a goal to complete the main section of either the Common Application (available August 1) or the Coalition Application before school starts.
  • Complete your personal essay.
  • Work with your consultant on a strategy for each supplemental essay and a timeline to complete them.
  • If you think you will need any additional testing—SAT or ACT, register now for the September or October administrations.
Rising Juniors
  • Assess your study skills and work habits and determine

July To-Dos

 
 
Rising Seniors
  • Identify which of your colleges are offering online or in-person interviews this summer and begin scheduling them.
  • Book a meeting with your consultant to rehearse key messages about yourself, prepare questions and do a mock interview before the first interview.
  • Set a goal to complete the main section of the Common Application, including the personal essay, before school starts. You should plan to complete your personal essay by the end of July unless you made
Educational Advocates College Consulting

Welcome Emily Freeman To The Educational Advocates Team

Emily's headshotEmily Freeman joined the Educational Advocates team this month and will be working with prospective college students. She has worked as both a counselor and teacher in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade and has experience with students from a variety of backgrounds, school settings, interests, and abilities. Her interest in college counseling began during high school when her own college counselor helped her to understand that there were dozens of schools at which she could…

Educational Advocates College Consulting

Welcome Katie Bacon To the Educational Advocates Team

Katie Bacon photoKatie Bacon joined the Educational Advocates team this month and will be working as an essay specialist. She is an experienced writer, editor, and interviewer who worked for The Atlantic in Boston for ten years before the magazine moved to Washington, DC. She has written everything from profiles to personal essays to reviews to scientific critiques, and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and Harvard’s Ed. magazine, among other places.…

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New Summer Reading Recommendations From Our Friends At Wellesley Books

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
With summer approaching, it is the perfect time to select some books to read on the beach or on the porch with a tall glass of lemonade. With the volume of homework you manage all year it can be hard to find time to read for pleasure. Remember the joy you get from reading a riveting story and not wanting to put it down? Our friends at Wellesley Books offer recommendations in a range of genres:
 
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Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews, (myth/historical) out June 8
 
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