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

Grid of Banners of Each Ivy League School

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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Using the Secret to 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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Inside the College Decision Room: FREE 2-Hour Seminar

College apps are overwhelming. Ever wonder why some students stand out, while others fall flat? Join me this Thursday, June 16th, at 7:30pm PST, for a FREE 2-hour live seminar in Arcadia, CA, as I (in partnership with Q&A College Admissions) take you “Inside the Decision Room” and reveal what works, what doesn’t, and why. To get the event address and RSVP, head on over HERE. Learn how and why committees accept or deny one student over another, what issues they …

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This is Bad…New UC Essays This Year

For the first time in about 10 years, the UC (University of California) college essay questions have changed! They are both longer and shorter now. Shorter because each individual essay is much shorter now in terms of word count. Longer because you have to write FOUR UC essays now (as opposed to just TWO essays in the past). It used to be that you got 1,000 words max, split up any way you wanted between the two essays. Now, you …

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