What is demonstrated interest? How do I show it? Why should I care?

Posted by Elise L. on 5/2/21 12:36 PM

Colleges increasingly rely on calculations of a student’s “demonstrated interest” (or "DI") to make decisions about admission and offers for various merit scholarships. It is important that students and families have a true understanding of DI to see how it can support an application.

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5 College Alumni Interview Do’s (and a few Don’ts)

Posted by Elise L. on 3/31/21 12:30 PM

First, the Do’s:

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How to get to know a college when COVID means you can’t visit

Posted by Elise L. on 3/30/21 11:53 AM

As COVID was canceling proms and making graduations “drive-through” last spring, it was also causing a major shift in how colleges and admissions offices were introducing themselves to students and families. Students and families began to wonder, “How can I get to know if X College is right for me if I can’t visit and see it for myself?” Just because it looks different, it is still possible to get to know a school (and you can even do most of these in your pajamas!).

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

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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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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How to “find your voice”

Posted by Alix on 12/9/20 12:00 PM

You will often hear writers talk about “finding their voice.” It sounds like a simple task, but honing one’s voice can take years of practice, study, and trial and error. When you are putting together your applications for college or graduate school, you are likely facing a fast-approaching deadline—so time is a luxury you don’t have.

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Tags: college admissions, graduate admissions, English, expository writing

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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The best way to approach your college application essay

Posted by Bryan P. on 10/30/20 10:25 AM

Few high school assignments are more difficult than the college application essay, especially given the immense amount of stress and pressure surrounding it. Here’s a secret about writing and stress: creativity requires freedom, and freedom requires security. Pressure makes it hard to create something great. So, the very nature of the college essay makes writing it incredibly difficult.

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How to approach your personal statement

Posted by Jon K. on 2/7/20 11:00 AM

No genre of writing is simultaneously as fun to read and as taxing to write as is the personal statement. I say that the personal statement is fun to read because a good one gives the reader a sense that he or she has really met and come to know someone else, even (and perhaps especially) a complete stranger. I say that the personal statement is taxing to write for obvious reasons: you must distill yourself, your very essence, into 500 or 750 words, each one a polished gem, and your whole future rides on it. Sure, that assessment might sound hyperbolic, but there’s truth to it. The personal statement is one of the few parts of an application in which the applicant gets to transcend numbers, scores, and grades to appear as what each of us is: a real person, whole and complete.

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