Category Archives: College Prep

4 College Application Tips from a Former College Admission Officer

You may have seen the recent New York Times article that shared the type of advice that admission officers give to their children during the college application process. In this article are a lot of great college application tips, like: Continue reading 4 College Application Tips from a Former College Admission Officer

What it’s like to be rejected from your first choice school

In 2004, I was a junior in high school and ready to consider which colleges and universities I would apply to. Both my parents had not gone away to school, so we were all exploring this concept of a four year college for the first time, with the help of my boarding school college counselor. Continue reading What it’s like to be rejected from your first choice school

Eight Types of Boarding Schools You Didn’t Know Existed

There’s a common misconception that all boarding schools are the same. In fact, there are a slew of different types of boarding schools available for you to attend depending on your learning style, interests, and more. From college prep and single-gender schools, to athletic and arts-focused schools, there are boarding schools for everyone. Check out these types of boarding schools that you might not have known about: Continue reading Eight Types of Boarding Schools You Didn’t Know Existed

Three Ways to Organize Your College Entrance Essay

Organizing your college entrance essay is one of the most important steps in creating a paper that “wows” admission officers. Second only to choosing a great topic and developing that topic with specific details, structuring your essay for maximum impact helps demonstrate your control over the English language, something admission officers are definitely interested in seeing in each essay.

It can be tempting to organize your essay as a traditional literary analysis, which is the kind of essay most students write in high school English. However, writing a college entrance essay is different because rather than making an argument about a book, you are using your personal experiences to make an argument about yourself, and the way you organize those experiences in your essay can either help your argument, or hurt it.

There are three time-tested ways to organize your essay—though I’ll warn you upfront that some are more powerful than others! Continue reading Three Ways to Organize Your College Entrance Essay