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Foreign Language Requirements

How Many Years of Foreign Language Do I Really Need?

This past weekend, I had the great pleasure to co-host Parent University with test prep guru, Shane Bybee. The question of “how many years of foreign language must a student really take?” came up, as it always does. In fact,...
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Common App Essay Questions

Common App Essay Prompts for the 2021-2022 Application Cycle

  The Common App has released the essay prompts for the 2021-2022 application cycle.  Many of the prompts are the same with one new one. Here they are: Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful...
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Deferral Letter

Do You Want Me or Not?

  It’s college admissions purgatory: the dreaded Deferral Letter.  Much like a life-long bachelor, your target college isn’t quite ready to commit to you with an offer of admission, but he isn’t ready to fully let you go so you...
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Ferpa

To FERPA or Not to FERPA…

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act gives students the right to access their educational records, including college recommendations.  Many students ask whether or not they should waive their rights to see their teacher and counselor recommendations.  The answer is...
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Decoding The Common App

Five Tricks to Watch Out for In the Common App

While the Common App is definitely more user friendly than many of the other college application platforms, such as the University of California application, Apply Texas or (wait for it) the Coalition which students, counselors and admissions officers try to...
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Let's Eat Grandma! Let's Eat, Grandma!

Common Comma Errors

The comma is one of the most frequently used punctuation marks, but it is also one of the most misused. Here is a quick reference to help you determine where to place your commas. Creating Lists: You were likely taught...
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Times Are A Changing

The Times, They Are a Changing

  In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems we wake up every morning, holding our breath, to see what changes are occurring around us. That is nowhere truer than in the state of college admissions. This morning, I...
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Wait! I’ve been Waitlisted?!?

Purgatory. Limbo. It’s neither the jubilation of being admitted nor the clear direction to move on. After months of hard work, and even more months of excruciating anticipation, Dream U has made a decision. You’ve been waitlisted. What do you...
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Yeah

5 Things To Do After Being Admitted to College

The time is here.  Your hard work across the past 4 years has paid off and you are about to embark on the next part of your life’s journey. Once you have made a decision on where you plan to...
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Sofa Activities

40 Resume-Worthy Activities You Can Do From Your Living Room Sofa

I have often said that students who leverage their four high school years of summer breaks have a full year of growth and development over those who don’t. However, as academic programs cancel in-person sessions, international travel remains questionable, and...
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