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This is an outline for any “did a cool thing” essay. “Cool thing” is purposely vague. A lot of essays fill into this category, which is good because I find… Read More »How to Format a “Cool Thing You Did” Essay
I have read a lot of student’s essays that I neither outlined nor edited. At my old counseling job, we had something called “final review,” where editors would get a… Read More »How to Get Noticed and Stand Out During the College Admissions Process: Have a Weird Hobby
I had nine students apply to T20 schools this year. Four of them didn’t quite have the raw numbers or ECs to hang, so I’d like to talk about the… Read More »The One Key Difference Between My Students Who Did and Did Not Get Into T20 Schools