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So, you applied either early decision or early action, and recently found out that you were deferred. Or you applied regular decision, and found out that you have been waitlisted. What does all of this mean?

Well, let’s deal first with the deferral decision. What does it mean when a college tells you that your decision has been deferred from early decision/early action to the regular decision pool in the spring? It means that they have NOT yet made a decision at all on your application. It means that they want to see what the rest of the applicant pool…

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So, you need a resume. Maybe you see a job that interests you, and you want to update what you already have in order to reflect some recent experience, or maybe you never made a resume and now, you need one.

So, where do you begin? And, how long should a resume be? Well, the answer to both of these questions is:


What you put in your resume will depend on your job history and the purpose of the resume. If you’re just starting out as a recent graduate, then your resume is going to be mostly a…

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So you have an interview coming up soon and you want to make sure that you make a good impression. Now this interview can be for anything ranging from a college admissions interview to an interview for an internship or a job. So how do you make sure you have a good interview?

You need to PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE! How do you prepare? You prepare by doing research, practicing answering questions, and putting your personal information together into an outline for easy reference.

First, you should make sure that you have a list of your related experience and accomplishments. Obviously…

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So, you’re in the process of applying to colleges and have either submitted your applications already or are going to be doing so shortly. You are hoping that if you get into some of the colleges that are on your list, that you also get some financial aid to help with tuition. But, how do you know if you even qualify for financial aid? And how do you apply for financial aid? Well, my suggestion is first go onto the college website and look at their instructions.

Most colleges require that you complete at least one financial aid form, and…

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So, you’re currently in college but you are considering transferring to a different one. This could be for a couple reasons. One, you may have had your heart set on a school when you were first applying as a senior in high school, but unfortunately, you didn’t get accepted and now you want to try again. Or, two, it could be that you are actually attending a school that you thought would be a great fit for you, and now, you aren’t so sure. …

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So, you have made your account on the Common Application and you are searching colleges to add to your list. You may wonder how many colleges should I apply to, and how many is too little or too many? I am sure that you have heard about safety schools, likely (or match) schools, and of course, reach schools. Let’s break each one down to see what they mean.

What is a safety school?

A safety school is one that you will most likely get into, absent something adverse in your history. Keep in mind that what is a safety school…

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So, you’re working on your Common Application essay and see that some of the colleges that you are applying to, have supplemental essays. These supplemental essays are in addition to the 650 word Common App essay, but they are usually shorter in length, ranging from a couple of sentences to a range of 100–400 words. They can ask anything from describe your favorite book to why do you want to attend this particular college. Some of those essays are mandatory, but some of them are optional. If the supplemental essay is optional, does that mean that you don’t have to…

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Today, let’s talk about the Activities section of the Common Application. You will notice that the activities section of the Common App does not give you a ton of room in which to fill in details about your activities. So, you need to choose what you write carefully and concisely. Although you can add up to 10 activities, unless those activities show consistent and significant participation, it is best to leave them off of the list. You may think, well, if I only put down 6 activities, won’t that look bad? No — it will not look bad! It will…

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So, you’re getting ready to apply to college and you open the Common Application and see that you need to write a 650 word essay. Every year, the Common App gives you 5 essay prompts to choose from, but basically, you can write about anything. But, remember, what you could write about and what you should write about — are 2 different things!

Today, let’s talk about… what NOT to write about when writing your essay for the common application. These are the topics that you should avoid:

1. Do not write about community service that you have done


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