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What do I need to know about scholarships?

What do I need to know about scholarships?

Need Level When considering whether or not to spend your time applying for scholarships, the first detail to get into order is your exact level of need. We recommend doing this well before your college acceptances — it’s never too early to apply for free money! Don’t be too shy to ask your parents for their level of income so…

How do I cope with college rejections?

How do I cope with college rejections?

So college admissions decisions are out, and you didn’t get in. How do you deal? Remember that rejection isn’t specific. Many students think their rejection can be traced back to a specific part of their application. Maybe that B in freshman year Spanish was why I didn’t get into Yale, they think. If I had only missed one less question…

How do I choose a college?

How do I choose a college?

It’s tempting to attend the most well-known school that accepted you, but it’s just as easy to be miserable at an Ivy League if it’s not the right fit for you. Most people know to some extent that the best school varies based on the individual; a pre-law student may not be best suited for MIT, for example. Yet it…

What do I do if I get waitlisted?

What do I do if I get waitlisted?

1. Don’t take it personally. The admissions game is partially a game of chance, not skill – maybe too many people from your home state applied this year, or your application was read after there were already too many students accepted into your intended major. There is also the slim chance that the university received your supplemental materials (transcript, counselor…

Should I tell people where I got into college?

Should I tell people where I got into college?

If you get into one of your top schools, your first instinct can be to share your good news with the world. However, there are many factors that may cause you to hesitate. You may worry that your pride in your accomplishment will come across as bragging. This worry can be especially bad if you’re one of the only people…

Why should I take a gap year?

Why should I take a gap year?

Many of the students who work with us are incredibly motivated, and have spent their entire young adult lives working as hard, if not harder, than their adult counterparts. For these students, a gap-year can be a chance to recharge, take life a little less seriously, and re-engage with activities for the fun and passion of it, without the pressure…

Do my senior grades matter?

Do my senior grades matter?

After getting that acceptance from a top-tier college or university, even the most disciplined students feel the temptation to relax a bit during senior spring. However, after three-and-a-half years plus of sustaining the level of hard work and discipline it takes to get into top schools, the small but dangerous threat of getting an offer rescinded looms large. So how…