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college admissions
Demonstrated Interest

Do You Love Me? Do You Love Me Not?

The 2021-2022 admissions cycle brought with it several surprises. Perhaps, the most stunning was watching some students with lower GPAs gain admission to schools that, historically would have been out of their academic reach, while other, academic high-fliers (valedictorians, perfect...
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Academic Interest

Unpacking the Academic Index

Although Ivy League and highly selective schools have tried to deny the use of a formula to determine admissions outcomes, the truth is that they have been using such a statistical tool as an input to admissions decisions since the...
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Book Love

Reading Matters

  “Miss, why you makin’ us read this old book? I haven’t read a book since elementary school!” “Miss! Why do we have to read EVERY DAY?!” My inner sigh is profound. Where did we go wrong? When did reading...
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To Submit Or Not To Submit

Do I or Don’t I?

The post-COVID world is full of “do I or don’t I” questions: Do I or don’t I wear a mask? Do I or don’t I get a vaccine? Do I or don’t I visit my aging grandmother in the senior...
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To Test Or Not To Test

To Test or Not To Test…That Is the Question

With the advent of COVID and the resulting test-optional policies at most colleges and universities, it may be easy for students to breathe a sigh of relief and turn their attention to other endeavors. Why would students put in countless...
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Summer

Ahhh…Summer

  I often argue that summer is roughly 3 months long. So, a student who leverages her 4 high school summers has a full year of learning, growth, and development over one who doesn’t. However, not all summer activities are...
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Deferred

I Wasn’t Admitted; I Wasn’t Denied.

I know it’s disappointing to be deferred in the early round but, truly, very few students are. Most are outright rejected.  A deferral is not a “no.”  It’s a “let’s connect at the end of the semester to see where...
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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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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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