Making your personal statement stand out in just the first two lines

Posted by Michael M. on 3/26/21 1:30 PM

A personal statement is the best (and sometimes only) chance you have to make your application jump off the page. Even if you have outstanding test scores, those scores alone do not guarantee you admission. Which brings us to the personal statement, your chance to show your readers how engaging you are, how you are a future leader in your field, and how you’re an inspired applicant to invest in. This is where you can politely scream, “Look at me, I am uniquely qualified and my narrative is exactly what you want precisely because it doesn’t look like everyone else’s!” 

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Tags: admissions coaching, MD/PhD admissions, graduate admissions, college admssions

How to answer the “Tell Me About Yourself” question during interviews

Posted by Joseph P. on 12/28/20 11:01 AM

Whether you’re interviewing for college, graduate school, or employment, you may fear being asked this open-ended question: “Tell me about yourself.” For many, this question invokes anxiety, as it’s too vague for there to be a “right way” to answer it. This can leave the interviewee scrambling to think of an impromptu good response. However, with some preparation beforehand, your response can make a stellar first impression and kick off the interview talking about the thing you know best – yourself! Start by following these important points:

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Tags: college admissions, admissions coaching, law school admissions, career advice, MBA admissions, graduate admissions, college admssions

How to choose the right college essay topic

Posted by Emma L. on 12/23/20 4:35 PM

Choosing the right topic for your college application essay can feel daunting. How are you supposed to make yourself stand out from the crowd? What are you supposed to do if you’re just “normal”? How can you say anything meaningful about yourself in only 650 words?

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Tags: college admissions, admissions coaching, high school, college admssions

5 tips for authentic interviewing

Posted by Sarah W. on 11/4/20 8:48 AM

There’s something comical about reading articles that coach you on how to be yourself. If you Google “authentic interview tips,” you’ll find articles titled “How to Sound Authentic” and “How to Be Yourself,” which evoke truisms like Oscar Wilde’s “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken” and Shakespeare’s “To thine own self be true.” But what does “being yourself” even mean? And how can you “be yourself” under the duress of an interview?

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Tags: admissions coaching, medical school admissions, graduate admissions, college admssions

Premed during COVID-19? Here are a few ideas for how to put your time at home to good use

Posted by Saiesh on 4/28/20 10:28 AM

A common concern among undergraduate premed students these days is how COVID-19 may impact their application plans to medical school. Before offering some ideas for using this time productively, a gentle reminder: Most medical school committees are comprised of physicians, all of whom would much prefer that you practice social distancing and basic hygiene over attempting to finesse your application. Whatever you do, stay calm and prioritize your health and the health of your loved ones.

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Tags: admissions coaching, medical school admissions, covid-19

Studying for the DAT in the age of COVID-19

Posted by Madison H. on 4/22/20 11:36 AM

As many of us are finishing our fifth or sixth weeks of social distancing, the question becomes: what to do now? After getting into a more consistent at-home study schedule, I’ve realized that the key to a more productive mindset is thinking more along the lines of “what can I do with this time,” rather than “what am I missing out on with this time.” What better way to use our new abundance of time than to get ahead with studying for the Dental Admission Test?

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Tags: admissions coaching

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