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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
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What You Need To Know About College-Specific Essays: Advice From Admissions Officers

Students spend lots of time and energy on their main common application essay or personal statement and sometimes rush through their college-specific supplemental essays without much thought or care. College admissions officers report that supplemental essays play an increasingly important role in the college application process. A supplemental essay is an extra essay beyond the personal statement or the primary application essay. It typically asks a creative question,

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Tips for Getting Started on the Common Application

Before 1975, every college had a separate paper application that needed to be individually hand written or typed and sent via snail mail. The Common Application was introduced that year to provide a single application that could be completed once and sent to all schools.

The Common Application has come a long way since then, and now includes nearly 900 college members’ individual questions and supplemental essay requirements. Among the schools newly accepting the Common

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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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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…

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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.…

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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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
 
Daphne has spent her whole

June To-Dos

 
 
 
Seniors
  • Respond to materials you are getting from your intended college in a timely manner. Take advantage of pre-orientation programs if offered.
  • Prepare well for orientation by reviewing your course options and developing a list of questions for your advisor.
  • Shore up skills such as time management by determining your planning strategies in college (planner, calendars). Put in place a “toolbox” of stress-busting strategies such as meditation apps for your smart phone,
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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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