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How do I start a non-profit?

How do I start a non-profit?

It’s an old joke that in order to get into college these days, high schoolers should have their own Fortune 500 company, a Nobel Peace prize, perfect grades and SAT scores, and a recommendation from someone named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. While this is facetious (TIME’s Person of the Year 2006 was “You” so anyone could claim a…

Is Early Decision Right For Me?

Is Early Decision Right For Me?

Applying to colleges under their Early Decision program (ED) can be both alluring and scary for prospective applicants. On one hand, it offers an increased chance of admission and the peace of mind that comes with having your entire college decision process over by December. On the other hand, it can be frightening to only apply to one college with…

How to become a better writer

How to become a better writer

In an increasingly interconnected world, writing skills are vital across just about every industry. And yet, last year a study by the National Assessment of Educational Progress found that“Three-quarters of both 12th and 8th graders lack proficiency in writing.” Why so many students have trouble achieving even basic proficiency in writing is a larger question than can be explored in…

Are “test-optional” schools easier to get into?

Are “test-optional” schools easier to get into?

This summer the University of Chicago became the most selective university to make the submission of SAT or ACT scores optional for applicants hoping to matriculate as undergraduates. This move has prompted a flurry of speculation and inquiries from students and parents, many of whom think that this policy will profoundly change the game–particularly for applicants with suboptimal scores. Spoiler…