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Unleashed Brilliance AKA College Essays

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It’s always an honor to help render the seemingly impossible–RAW, NAKED TRUTH.   Related PostsThe Final Lap Location, Location, Location: Keystone to College Selection Who’s Choosing Transfer Admissions? “My Student is Average. Where Can She/He Get In?” The State of the Recent College Graduate

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The Parent Trap

A parent’s job is often unenviable. Thankless. Tiring. Trying. Tireless. Especially when the child is a teenager. Parents’ reasons for making decisions can vary from encouraging their children to “live their own lives, do what makes you happy” and worries that what makes their children happy won’t pay their bills, let alone save for retirement, …

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Writer’s Block Defined

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In the beginning of the writing process, many students writing college essays feel kinda like Spongebob, which can be the first in a series of writer’s blocks. Then, inspiration hits and writing happens, which creates hope…again, Spongebob: But then, seniors efforts may not seem to be enough, which is Writer’s Block #678,945,900. So the stress …

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Our Fervent Wish

…is that every high school senior and transfer college applicant and their parents temporarily develop multiple hands, whose swift fingers dance with the wind across the keyboard to craft brilliant essays well before the deadline. Deadline approaching. pic.twitter.com/CszGLJyrA1 — Academia ɐɹnɔsqO (@AcademiaObscura) September 4, 2018   Related PostsChoosing Extra-curricular Activities When There’s No Magic Formula …

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College Move-In Day

Meanwhile…. Cartoon courtesy: kxoj.com Photo courtesy: Mehr Sahota Related PostsWrapping Your Arms Around College Costs Acceptance Anxieties Community College Transfers Increasingly Enroll at Multiple Campuses Not Every Student Loan Balance Is In the Six Figures or Overdue University of San Diego Supplement Essay Defined

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Can I Change My 650 Word Common Application Essay After Submitting It?

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The short answer is yes…with an *.  [See Below] But, like any life-impacting decision, the short answer doesn’t account for the complexities of choosing a college.  And, those last three words are key to keep in mind:  YOU, the applicant, are the one who’s doing the choosing of the college.  However, most college applicants skip that …

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College Application or Marriage Proposal?

Applying to college isn’t simple.  Metaphorically, choosing a college can be like an arranged marriage—parents are involved in the choosing process, lifelong expectations are being weighted and future prosperity is being forecasted. “Dowries” are paid in the form of tuition, room and board, books etc.   Students seek a college that’s the “right fit“, dating …

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Knowledge Doesn’t Belong to Just Any One Person

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Below is an excerpt from the May 2017, National Geographic Magazine, where Paleoanthropologist Lee Berger, discusses the need for frank discussion and collaboration amongst everyone, not just scientists and academics, in order to advance human knowledge. Doesn’t publishing your raw data invite premature criticism?  Yes, there’s is public criticism, but that’s peculiar to any science …

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College Admissions Decisions: The Troll Underneath the Bridge or The Gateway to Oz

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As college admissions decisions are delivered to email and postal mail boxes all over the world, the decisions can seem to either validate or condemn a lifetime’s efforts. However, just as in Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do, where Harvard Professor Michael Sandel hypothesizes a straightforward college acceptance letter, the truth can be more layered: In …

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A River Runs Through It

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The late winter run-off from 12 years of school melting during the latter half of a high school senior year can create an emotional flood. A confluence of Senioritis and waiting for college admissions responses quickly overruns the levees built during a senior’s youth-limited life experience. Seniors decry, “When will I hear from colleges?” or …