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When Should I apply to College

When Should I apply to College

There are a lot of terms floating around related to the college application timeline. Between early action, restrictive early action, early decision, rolling admission, and regular decision, it’s hard to keep their similar yet critically different...

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Advice for rising freshmen in college

Advice for rising freshmen in college

At Command Education, we understand that this school year is more difficult than most. College freshman, we are so proud of you for taking a huge step in your educational journey during such a difficult time. Here is some advice from our Senior...

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What is rolling admission?

What is rolling admission?

It’s college application season already, and even if you don’t plan on submitting your applications until their due dates at 11:59 pm, you should start the writing process now! For certain schools, waiting until the very last minute, although not a...

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NYC Private Schools Fall Plan

NYC Private Schools Fall Plan

The private schools of NYC have spent the summer creating plans to return to school in the safest way possible. Virtual, hybrid, and in person plans are equally present among twelve of the most reputable schools. The balance of three very different...

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Our Guide for International Students applying to the US

Our Guide for International Students applying to the US

Applying as a international student to a US university can be pretty daunting. The liberal arts curriculum that most universities in the US operate under is unlike any other in the world. As a consequence, the admissions application process is also...

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How to Approach Writing the Roommate Essay

How to Approach Writing the Roommate Essay

One of the best parts of the college experience is meeting new people, especially the people you’ll be living with once you arrive on campus. For most of you, this will be the first time you’ll be living apart from your family and with complete...

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3 Steps to Craft a Successful Artistic Supplement

3 Steps to Craft a Successful Artistic Supplement

Whether you dream of 4 years of intensive painting study at Columbia University or you prefer to continue your extracurricular passion for the violin at Stanford, the artistic supplement, also called the “arts portfolio” or the “additional arts...

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Should I Hire an SAT or ACT Test Prep Tutor?

Should I Hire an SAT or ACT Test Prep Tutor?

With a plethora of prep books and online resources available for every standardized test imaginable, is it worth it to invest in a private test prep tutor? While not all students need a tutor to increase their SAT or ACT score, every student can...

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How to start a Business as a Teenager

How to start a Business as a Teenager

No experience needed The first thing that you should know about starting a business as a high school student is that it is going to be a lot of work. The second thing that you should know is that it will likely be the most meaningful and important...

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When Should I Apply to College?

When Should I Apply to College?

Understanding Early Decision, Regular Decision, and Rolling Admission There are a lot of terms floating around related to the timeline of college applications. Between early action, restrictive early action, early decision, rolling admission, and...

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How to know if you need a college consultant

How to know if you need a college consultant

The college admissions landscape is constantly changing. Even the best intentioned parents, students, and guidance counselors struggle to navigate it successfully. And the college application process doesn’t begin senior fall; setting yourself up...

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Tools to Improve your Mental Health

Tools to Improve your Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this year, it falls during a unique and uncertain time and when much of the world is navigating how to respond to the current situation. This emphasizes the need for us to take care of ourselves, our...

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Spring Clean Your Study Habits

Spring Clean Your Study Habits

Spring cleaning season is upon us! Yet with the current situation, you may be feeling anxious and disheartened and, in fact, cleaning may be the last thing you want to do. But spring cleaning is an important ritual you should try to maintain....

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How to Handle College Rejections

How to Handle College Rejections

Even the most qualified candidates might open their inbox to find an “I regret to inform you…” email. Those emails can be really hard to process. You might be feeling defeated, confused, and even hopeless. This isn’t the end of the world, but it...

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10 Things to do with your kids while they’re at home

10 Things to do with your kids while they’re at home

With the recent outbreak of COVID-19, schools all over the U.S. and the globe are sending students home for an indefinite period of time. As the virus evolves, it’s difficult to predict when the disease will be under control and plan for the weeks...

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Brown’s Program in Liberal Medical Education

Brown’s Program in Liberal Medical Education

You probably already know that getting into an undergraduate degree program at an Ivy League is extremely competitive; their acceptance rates ranged from 5.9%-14% in 2018. I’m sorry to tell you future doctors that it only gets harder down the road....

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Best Combined Medical and Undergrad Programs in the U.S.

Best Combined Medical and Undergrad Programs in the U.S.

The path from freshman year to licensed doctor is over a decade. At 18, spending the next ten years jumping between undergrad, med school, and residency can seem pretty daunting. With most medical schools having acceptance rates in the single...

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Setting Test Prep Goals for 2020

Setting Test Prep Goals for 2020

Earning high exam scores in school and on standardized tests is an important component of a strong college application. They show that you are a good student and that you push yourself to succeed. Strong scores are also a great way for you to...

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2020 Goals For Students

2020 Goals For Students

Now that the holidays have ended, it’s time to get back into a productive groove. Winter can be long, and early nightfall can easily diminish your motivation and productivity. Setting goals for the new semester might help you avoid a winter slump....

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What to Do if I’m Deferred?

What to Do if I’m Deferred?

When you apply to a college early action or decision, there are three possible outcomes. The majority of applicants fall into the first two categories: accepted and denied. However, for some, the answer isn’t so straightforward. Students who are...

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What do I need to do to get into an Ivy League school?

What do I need to do to get into an Ivy League school?

There’s no magic formula for gaining admission into an Ivy League school. Perfect grades won't guarantee acceptance, and neither will a perfectly well-rounded activities list. Countless valedictorians are denied admission to Ivy League schools,...

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How to write college supplements

How to write college supplements

You’ve already spent weeks crafting the perfect personal statement… and then you realize that most of your top choice colleges also require supplemental essays. You’ll find these hiding in different nooks and crannies of the common app, usually...

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Demonstrated interest in the age of the internet

Demonstrated interest in the age of the internet

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reiterated what many of us already know to be true—colleges and universities commonly track what prospective students are up to online. However, the article shed light on a specific practice that few of...

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How to make a Senior Year Roadmap

How to make a Senior Year Roadmap

You’ve made it! It’s senior year and you can finally apply to college. Step one, you created a Common Application account. Now all that’s left are steps 2-100… There are a lot of moving pieces you need to keep track of throughout the college...

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Personal Statement Do’s and Dont’s

Personal Statement Do’s and Dont’s

If you’re about to enter senior year, you’re probably looking for college advice around every corner. There can be a lot of conflicting and confusing advice out there, coming from your college advisor, various books, websites, as well as family and...

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Looking beyond school stereotypes

Looking beyond school stereotypes

When you’re looking at colleges and compiling the list of schools you want to apply to, it seems like just about everyone has an opinion. Your aunt went to Miami back in the day and says it’s a party school, but your cousin just graduated with an...

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How long does it take to apply to college?

How long does it take to apply to college?

Every year, we see students who underestimate the amount of time and attention applying to college actually takes. On the other end of the spectrum, we have students who begin thinking about their applications during their freshman year of high...

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Does senior spring matter?

Does senior spring matter?

Congrats! You’re done with applications, chosen your school, and now you’re wondering if you can take your foot off of the gas petal, put your car in cruise control, and coast through the rest of your senior year. After getting that acceptance from...

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How to tell people where you’re going to college

How to tell people where you’re going to college

The days of stressing over your SAT exams, how to send over your transcript and standardized test scores, writing and editing your common app essay for the 56th time, and crafting endless supplement essays are over. The application process is a...

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A list of what we wish we knew before we went to college

A list of what we wish we knew before we went to college

Graduating from high school is usually a bitter-sweet feeling. Whether you had the most overwhelmingly positive high school experience or a negative one, spending four years of being in the same place usually brings a sense of familiarity and...

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I landed an awesome summer internship, now what?

I landed an awesome summer internship, now what?

While having an internship or two under your belt will certainly impress admissions officers, the real advantage here is that you have an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into an organization in a field you are passionate about. It’s...

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What is the role of the college counselor?

What is the role of the college counselor?

There’s one thing teachers, admissions officers, parents, and students can all agree on: the college admissions landscape has changed a lot over the past few decades, even years. What used to be enough to all but guarantee one’s acceptance to...

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Our thoughts on the recent college admissions news story

Our thoughts on the recent college admissions news story

March 14, 2019 | At Command Education, we believe in coaching and mentoring students to achieve incredible results by helping our students focus their energies on what’s really important to them. Our mentors are recent graduates of Ivy League and...

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How To Wait – A Guide For Students And Parents

How To Wait – A Guide For Students And Parents

The shortest month of the year is quickly drawing to a close, which means March—and the hotly anticipated college admissions results that come along with it—are just around the corner. For students and their families, this time is at once exciting...

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Work experience in college admissions

Work experience in college admissions

As soon as school is back in session after the holidays, many students begin to consider their options for summer. Elite college hopefuls should take care to craft a summer break agenda that will build upon the “hook” they have established during...

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Why it’s never too early to become a good writer

Why it’s never too early to become a good writer

It can be tempting to think that you should only worry about getting better at the essay format once the mountain of supplementary essays loom during college application season. But if that’s the first time you start to realize how tenuous your...

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How To Become A Person Colleges Want

How To Become A Person Colleges Want

As admit rates for elite colleges and universities across the country continue to plummet year after year, you might find yourself wondering (particularly if you’re a college-bound high school student yourself), what exactly it is that these...

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What happens after I hit send on my application?

What happens after I hit send on my application?

The moment is finally here. Your cursor hovers above that Submit button. You’ve double and triple checked, you’ve made sure everything’s ready, you’ve taken out that part in your resume where you wrote, “BLAH BLAH BLAH ADD DESCRIPTION LATER.” So...

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Can I back out of Early Decision?

Can I back out of Early Decision?

Hooray! You’ve been accepted into college! You applied a month and a half ago, and now you’re being forced to go to the school you were accepted into! Wait, what? I’m being forced to go? Maybe this wasn’t such a good decision after all… Early...

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What Brown’s elevated ED numbers mean

What Brown’s elevated ED numbers mean

Brown’s early decision statistics are out, revealing a whopping 20% increase in applicant numbers, up from 3,501 applicants last year to 4,169 this year. So what does that mean for this season of college applications and admissions? While it’s...

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How to fight application fatigue

How to fight application fatigue

After that initial rush to submit EA/ED applications, it can be tempting to hit the snooze button for a while and catch a much-needed break before beginning the process anew with the regular round. At the same time, you will likely find yourself...

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