It’s My Birthday, so I’m Inviting You for FREE to Join Me at the Dream College Summit

It’s my birthday week, and you know what would make special day even more special? If you joined me for FREE at the Dream College Summit. See, every year as I get older, my birthdays get more and more low-key. It’s not that I’ve become a grumpy, old man with nothing to celebrate. On the contrary! It’s that I’ve become more deliberate about who I choose to celebrate with. From those past birthday bashes with dozens of people (most of …

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

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, challenge, setback, or failure Topic 3: a belief you challenged Topic 4: a problem you solved or would like to …

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

What’s it take to get into Stanford, MIT, Harvard, the rest of the Ivy League, or other dream schools? It’s about pursuing the right extracurriculars   …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 …

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The Power of a One-Liner in Your College Essay

Hope you had a wonderful July 4th! This holiday always brings me back to the 1996 Will Smith movie Independence Day. The classic story of an alien invasion and Will Smith kicking some serious extraterrestrial butt. (No, I didn’t go see the new one because I heard it stinks.) But here’s the quote I’ll always remember the original ID4 movie by: “This is our victory dance. Not until the fat lady sings.” –Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith) Everyone loves a …

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How to Use Sex Appeal to Write a Killer College Essay

Want to know a secret? I’m going to let you in on a big one today—the surprising secret for men to attract women. No, it’s not height, looks, or money. No, it’s not even style, confidence, or humor, though those are up there. If you’re not looking to impress a woman, don’t worry, this article still pertains to you too. But sorry, I can’t reveal to you what attracts men (*cough cough* food…the way to a man’s heart is through …

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How to Pick and Write the Best 4 UC Prompts With the V x V Framework

Which 4 UC prompts are best? Well, that’s kind of inappropriate to ask, don’t you think? It’s a lot like asking a mother which child she loves most. Though I’m sure my mother would say me over my brother (hah maybe). But don’t worry about political correctness because I’ve done the insensitive thing and found out the answer for you already. According to UCLA’s Director of Admission, Gary Clark, there aren’t any 4 prompts the UCs like best. (By the way, let me know …

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