Resources for College Essays

School’s out – it’s time to start your college essays!  Can’t figure out where to start? Here are a few quick links to resources to help you brainstorm as you begin writing your college essays! Here are the Common Application essay prompts for the Class of 2019 (write one of the 7 prompts; max word count … Read more

Highlighting Community Service in College Applications

Students and parents frequently ask us how they can highlight their community service in college applications.  While community service is not required for admission to highly selective colleges, it is definitely one way to show colleges your involvement in your community, your values and the way you choose to spend your time.  Here are five … Read more

Application Season Begins for the Class of 2017!

As of today – August 1, 2016 – the Common Application, the UC application and the new Coalition for Access Application are open. While they are different in some ways and have different member colleges, these applications all give students the opportunity to share their interests and leadership through describing their extra-curricular activities, and to … Read more

Five Ways Your College Essays are Different From Your English Class Essays

Rising high school seniors sometimes approach their college essays in the same way they approach their English class essays.  They are two totally different animals!  And therefore, students should approach college essays differently. Here are some basic differences: There’s no thesis statement.  This is not an analytical work – you aren’t comparing or contrasting literature, … Read more

Don’t Rush! Three Steps to College Search & Applications

Here’s a link to information and the RSVP site for Magellan’s college essay and application workshops.  We will host five three-hour sessions during August weekends.  Please join us for one or as many as you need! As you move through your search, the information in this post may help answer your questions about Early Action … Read more

More Essay Resources! And Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re getting down to the wire – UC applications are due in 5 days!I posted a piece a few months back with some essay resources – it’s here.  And here are a few more ways to get the juices flowing and make sure your essays represent you well and stand out from the crowd – … Read more

College Application Checklist

Labor Day has passed, school has started, and schedules have gotten tighter.  The reality that your child will be applying to colleges THIS FALL has finally set in. For those who start early, a year or two in advance, this is simply the next stage in the process – a stage for which you and … Read more

Little Tidbits

Just a quick reminder – if you have not yet “liked” my Facebook page, now would be a great time to do so!  I regularly post links to timely and interesting information about college admissions and specific colleges. As the school year starts, many colleges are just now publishing their supplemental essay prompts, and I … Read more

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