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How to Improve Your College Applications During Covid-19

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt countless businesses, schools, and community institutions we have been given a precious opportunity to stop and appreciate the “little things” we often take for granted. 

Whether that means we take more walks throughout the day, or spend time with our families, this gift of time helps us to pause, take a break, and re-focus on what’s important. 

However, one thing most people don’t consider is that this “time off” is a perfect time to also strengthen your college application.

 Before we understand how you can use this time to leverage your college application, let’s take a look at how the college admissions process is being impacted: 

  1. Typically, GPA’s are assessed from the beginning of Freshman year to the end of Junior year of High School. However due to schools closing indefinitely, college admissions officers will have to re-evaluate and set a new standard of required grades....
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What can we learn about college applications from social media influencers?

What can we learn about college applications from social media influencers?

In a world where after 48 hours people only retain 1% of the content they have been exposed to, it’s imperative to separate oneself from the crowd to influence an application reviewer’s decision towards you. And the number one way to influence people towards you is to grab their attention. 

The first thing you need to take into account is gaining people’s attention is a privilege, not a right. They are not forced to listen to what your content is. They choose to. In order to move them towards you it is important that you are relatable and unique. 

An example would be using personal stories to share your experiences. Many times applicants list statistics and accomplishments, but they don’t explain the story behind how they achieved them. Thinking about social media influencers, is their own personal experiences (not lists of facts and figures) are what get your attention and...

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What I Learned About College Apps From Valentine’s Day

admissions Feb 14, 2020

 

College application season is fast approaching and so is Valentine’s Day! As we look towards crafting the perfect applications, and the perfect “Love Day” gifts, we must realize that there are important skills to make you stand out not only to admissions teams but also to your significant other.

Whether this is your first Valentine’s day or your 20th here is one important rule of thumb to always keep in mind:

Instead of “fishing around”, make your Significant Other (S/O) (and your target school!) feel like they’re the only one you have in mind.

This will not only help you strengthen the connection between you and your significant other, but will also help you stand out during the college admissions process. Let’s take a closer look.

Regardless of the colleges you’re applying to, they are guaranteed to have a large amount of applications they have to sort through, and one of the biggest challenges you will inevitably...

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How Do Colleges Look At AP Classes?

One of the most common questions I get from parents and students have is, “How do colleges look at AP classes on my transcript?” Let’s go over some of the Pros and Cons!

Advanced Placement classes (or AP) are courses you can take on your high school campus that lead to the opportunity to earn college credit. They are more challenging than your regular high school curriculum, and often include material that is comparable to Freshman or Sophomore level collegiate work. Depending on what your high school offers, courses are available in everything from Music Theory, European History, Calculus, Chemistry, and more.

However in order to be eligible for college credit, you must successfully take (and pass!) the AP exam at the end of the academic year.

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So how do colleges look at AP Classes?

Very favorably. Often one of the things colleges evaluate in your transcript is the level of academic rigor you have undertaken, and AP classes are a great way to show that you have...

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