Top 5 pitfalls to avoid when writing the supplemental “Why College X?” essay

Posted by Fatima B. on 10/16/19 11:00 AM

Many colleges require students to write school-specific supplemental essays. These are usually some variation of what I call the “Why Us?” prompt. For instance, Yale asks, “What is it about Yale that has led you to apply?” and Columbia requires 300 words on, “Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why.”

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Tags: admissions coaching, college, college admssions

Preparing for the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

Posted by Chris K. on 10/14/19 12:05 PM

Here are some helpful tips that can make you stand out from other interviewing applicants:

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Tags: admissions coaching, medical school admissions, MD/PhD admissions, MD

3 Tips for Your Law School Application

Posted by Rachel R. on 9/13/19 11:00 AM

The law school admissions process might seem pretty straightforward—submit LSAT scores and write a killer personal statement. Easy enough, right? Well, in many ways, it is actually that simple. But there are actually numerous “behind-the-scenes” factors to consider in formulating the basic requirements of an application.

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Tags: admissions coaching, LSAT, law school admissions, law school

Maximizing the gap years between college and medical school

Posted by Will on 9/11/19 11:00 AM

If you’re a college student planning to wait 1-3 years after graduating before attending medical school, I was very recently like you. Yay, we were the same! Although you or the people around you may have doubts about prolonging your training or entering the nebula of a life unstructured, I think the time you spend during your gap years can have a profound impact on your personal development and life trajectory.

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Tags: admissions coaching, medical school admissions, MD/PhD admissions

Letter of recommendation: two podcasts to help you find your best fit college

Posted by Madison on 8/16/19 11:00 AM

Following up on my previous post, I'm going to post a 3-part series on what resources you can use to help find your perfect college fit. Are you ready? Get excited. And, if you are not excited, go back to my first post and remind yourself to stop stressing and breathe. Go back in time and remember when you were a tiny human, eyeballing the toys at the toy store and scrutinizing every last detail before making the decision as to which one your heart most desired. This car is icy blue. Ah yes, but this one has flames down the side. Hmm, but wait…this one makes a “vroom” sound. Choosing a school is about being a little (or a lot) picky because, after all, it needs to fit you.

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Tags: admissions coaching, college, college admssions

Statement of Purpose versus Personal Statement: Knowing the Difference

Posted by Jenna on 7/11/16 5:00 PM

If you’re applying to graduate school, then you might remember the headaches of that application process that you encountered many year ago. Maybe you struggled to decide on a topic for the personal statement, maybe you debated which extracurriculars were worth listing, or maybe you were torn between taking the ACT or SAT. But for all the anxieties induced by college applications, at least those applications (especially, if you remember, those sent through the Common App) spoke the same language: that is, most schools needed the same essential materials, asked the same kinds of questions, and expected the same kinds of answers.

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Tags: admissions coaching

How You Should Be Asking For a Letter of Recommendation

Posted by Nikita Saxena on 10/26/15 12:10 PM

 Asking the right people is crucial!

For many students looking to apply to medical school, asking for a letter of recommendation can feel pretty daunting, especially if you’re requesting it from people whom you may not have seen for a couple of years. And since you often don’t get to see your letters before submission, this is the part of your application that is least in your control. I remember wondering who the best people to write my letters were, especially coming from an engineering major with not too many ‘traditional’ pre-med biology courses. In this post, I’ll suggest some tips for navigating the recommendation letter process!

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Tags: admissions coaching, graduate admissions

Application Consulting: In Praise of Messy Drafts

Posted by Megan Formato on 12/8/14 9:00 AM

 
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Tags: admissions coaching, law school admissions, graduate admissions

Application Consulting: Simplifying School Selection

Posted by Sam Ashworth on 7/18/14 10:01 AM

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Tags: college admissions, admissions coaching, summer activities

Careers: The Fruit of the Schmooze

Posted by Christine Hsieh on 4/28/14 9:59 AM


In my previous post I talked about networking, the professional socializing so often dreaded by introverts.  To further illustrate how natural and even potentially pleasant networking can be, this week I am offering real life examples of how it brought me success.  I’ll first provide a little context: when I am not working as an academic tutor, mentoring, or writing, I am off trying to build a company to make people healthier.  These vignettes draw from my experiences with that endeavor.

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Tags: admissions coaching, MBA admissions