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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?

If you are not working with a college consultant with expertise in teaching essay …

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Feeling Lonely? Five Tips for College Freshmen

If you are among the college freshmen who have transitioned to a campus, you probably just finished a whirlwind of orientation activities (even if online), settled into your room, and perhaps attended a few classes, or had some socially-distanced interactions with the other students on your hall. You have probably met a few nice people—but likely it doesn’t feel the same as it does with your high school friends— maybe it’s not even close. Here are a few points to keep in mind:…

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The Post Drop-Off Blues

In the past few weeks, eager college freshmen and their parents packed boxes for shipping or loading into the trunk of the car. There was most likely a trip to Target or Bed, Bath and Beyond for dorm essentials, or possibly to REI for pre-orientation wilderness trip gear. Inevitably, moms or dads shed some tears while saying goodbye to their college matriculant—or on the long drive home where they could veil their tears.

Some parents are surprised at the depth of the sadness they…

The Covid-19 Prompt in the Common Application: Should you respond?

For the second year in a row, the Common Application includes a prompt on the impact of Covid-19: Community disruptions such as COVID-19 and natural disasters can have deep and long-lasting impacts. If you need it, this space is yours to describe those impacts. Colleges care about the effects on your health and well-being, safety, family circumstances, future plans, and education, including access to reliable technology and quiet study spaces. Do you wish to share anything…

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Spotlight: North Carolina State University

This spring, our consulting team has continued to attend virtual college visits including an in-depth view of North Carolina State University. Located just two miles outside of downtown Raleigh, the university is part of Research Triangle Park, one of the largest research hubs in the nation, offering NC State students a wide range of internship, research and career opportunities. There are free shuttles to downtown and through the park. Getting to the area is easy with the…

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A Call for Help May Be The Secret To College Success

Why is asking for help so hard? The expectations of college are much different from high school. Students are in class less often and are expected to study independently. There are no parents around reminding them to do their work or get a head start on the paper.

This is a particular challenge for students who have relied on tutors, a learning center or other academic resources during high school. For students with learning differences, organizational or other challenges, the…

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Unusual College Majors That Might Just Fit You!

Check out this list of off-beat majors. There might be something here you never even imagined you could study in college.

Entertainment Engineering and Design 

Do you love roller coasters? Do you wonder how Aquatica Orlando built its new 60-foot Ray Rush raft ride that ends in a plunge down a waterfall? Do you find yourself sketching ideas for a new Star Wars galaxy attraction? Then maybe a career as a theme park engineer is in your future. University of Nevada

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The College Search for LGBTQ+ Students

When it comes to the college search LGBTQ+ students have additional considerations to ensure that they find campuses and communities that are not only friendly, but also offer support and services relevant to their needs.

  1. Seek Affirming not just friendly. Campuses may boast that they are LGBTQ+ friendly, but that is just the beginning. Search the website for a recent campus climate survey which assesses a college’s strengths and weakness related to diversity, equity and
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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 time thinking—about your life, your values and the memories you hold dear. Keep in mind…

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How to Access Accommodations in College

If you are a senior, you have recently made a big decision and placed a deposit at the college of your choice. Now it’s time to plan for your transition to college. If you have received support or accommodations during high school for a learning difference, or health or physical disability, here are the steps you should take:

  1. Visit the college website and find the page for academic support services or disability services. There you will find specific instructions for how to access

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