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You Don’t Have to be Spiky, but Please Don’t be Well-rounded

I’m possibly the least well-rounded person you will ever meet. I mean it. I suck at so many things. Just terrible. I can’t do math, or draw, or cook, or sing, or act, or include the unbelievable artwork from my artist, Felicia Tzeng, on Reddit , or plan, or make a competent TikTok , or lift heavy things, or dress myself, or promote stuff correctly, or lightly edit a piece once it’s live without the entire Goddamn… Read More »You Don’t Have to be Spiky, but Please Don’t be Well-rounded

I Think Modern “Elite” Essay Are Terrible and Here’s Why

Early in my career, I read a book someone shared on here about how to write college essays. The first half I thought was pretty good. It went over idea brainstorming, plot structure, and how to stand out with your story. But then I got to the second half in which the counselor author showcased his favorite works. These were the essays he best though exemplified the type of work… Read More »I Think Modern “Elite” Essay Are Terrible and Here’s Why

The One Key Difference Between My Students Who Did and Did Not Get Into T20 Schools

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 five that did. Of those five, three got in and two didn’t.  Those two not getting in really bugged me. Those students were excellent and would have crushed any school in America. They’re both attending solid UCs so their lives… Read More »The One Key Difference Between My Students Who Did and Did Not Get Into T20 Schools