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Essays, smack-talking siblings and a big college deadline

We are parents of a high school senior and we are in the midst of college application season. Our oldest child worked his way through applications two years ago, acquainting us with the rhythms of deadlines and the components of … Continue reading

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How to write college essays: Help from Essay Hell and 7 other treasures.

So. We’re way past the summer midpoint. The calendar, reminders, counselors, and parents are all saying, “write your essays!” What’s the high school senior to do? At the risk of providing another route to procrastination, here’s help: 1.  Check out … Continue reading

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Still Working on College Application Essays?

No matter how much students and parents may talk about “working on college applications,” the majority of the pull-out-your-hair, bang-your-head-on-the-desk, don’t-slam-the-door-when-you-leave-the-room craziness comes from trying to write the essays. Real world quotes follow: “Oh. These are really bad.” My husband, … Continue reading

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Got Time for 9 Essays on: Do We Spend Too Much on Education?

It’s back to school — and homework — now for all three members of our Mod Squad. Only appropriate, then, to assign homework for the parents. I will be reading the New York Times “Room for Debate” series of essays … Continue reading

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11 College admissions resources to read now. (Perhaps, even, instead of Dr. StrangeCollege.)

Having gone through college applications with two high school students in the past three years, here’s what we’ve been doing these days: Driving our high school sophomore to his homecoming date. Tailgating and watching UVA defeat Kent State with our … Continue reading

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Who writes the essay? Doonesbury weighs in.

In case you missed it in the Sunday papers, Garry Trudeau takes a look at college admissions essays and who is writing them. “It was an epifany. (Note: check spelling)” See the full strip here. Not that that really happens. … Continue reading

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On the SAT: there’ll be some changes made

The College Board announced the details of its long-awaited revisions to the SAT this week. You’ve probably seen reports on these big changes: The essay section will be optional and scored separately, changing the scale back to 1600 from 2400 … Continue reading

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Common App problems: she got it done [but it wasn’t easy]

Allow me to lead with the best part of this story:  Mod Squad Julie successfully submitted one early college application around midnight, October 26. Getting ready to submit. The past couple of weeks had been stressful–Julie tried to complete final … Continue reading

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Got Common App problems? Here’s what we’re trying.

Not long after this year’s Common App launched — a new version for the 2013-14 application season and a completely new version of the interface, aka Common App 4 — I offered 3 quick tips for completing the Common App, … Continue reading

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Straight talk from a UVa admissions officer: everything’s important.

A couple of weeks ago our high school offered a college planning night. One of the most popular sessions featured an admissions officer from the University of Virginia. We live near UVa and a lot of families are interested in … Continue reading

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