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Ultimate Guide to World-Class Extracurriculars That Open the Gates to Stanford, Harvard, & the Rest of the Ivy League

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…even if you think you don’t have time and are already a senior …even if you believe you aren’t good at anything Table of Contents So You Want to Get Into the Ivy League, Huh? So Who is This Guide For, Exactly? The Most Dangerous College Myth: A Well-Rounded Student The Biggest Obstacles to Getting Accepted How Students Are Judged How Extracurriculars …

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Challenge Spotting: How to Add Emotional Stakes to Your College Essay

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You’ve got 99 problems, and well…just pick one! Every good story, especially your personal statement for college, needs a challenge. Without one, you literally have no story. Part of the definition of “story” is that it features a conflict, challenge, or problem. Most of the Common App prompts actually hint at potential challenges you might have faced. Topic 2: obstacle, …

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What Dating My Girlfriend Taught Me About Wooing Colleges

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I’ve been thinking a lot about marriage lately. Yeah, yeah, I’m basically revealing how old I am — I’m at that age when all my friends are going gah-gah over baby pictures (either their own drool and snot-making machine or their friends’ babies). But all this marriage thinking reminds me of a different phase: pre-marriage (otherwise known as dating). And …