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Repasamos la Gramática de una Buena Entrevista de Admisiones

Si has solicitado a una o varias universidades estadounidenses recientemente, es muy posible que en breve te contacten para ofrecerte una entrevista. Son una cosa común en el proceso de admisión de las universidades de USA, ya que al tratarse de evaluaciones globales basadas en distintos aspectos de la candidatura, estas entrevistas ayudan al personal…
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A Mentorship Mindset

Or, Reflections on Choosing a College Consultant “Which schools have you gotten your students into?” It’s a question that we’re frequently asked. Yet the question is misleading and belies what a college consultant actually does. We work hard—and often late at night, thanks to time differences—to help our students highlight to universities just how exceptional…
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Essay Lessons from the Multiverse

A Reflection on Everything, Everywhere, All at Once and the College Essay SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers for Everything, Everywhere, All at Once (2022), so if you haven’t yet seen it, see it (it’s a masterpiece!) and then come back. In one of the alternate realities that Evelyn Quan (played by the always impressive…
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Don’t Study Business… At Least Not Yet

Many students come to me with the intention of studying business as undergraduates. If that’s your dream, I will bend over backwards to help you make it a reality. But it’s time for me to make a confession: I find the idea of studying business as an undergraduate a little uninspiring, and I’m not the…
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Focus on the Negative

Unlike the rest of your application—which is about telling colleges what you’ve done—the personal statement for the Common App is about telling them who you are. That’s a daunting task for anyone, but often what it really comes down to is helping admissions officers understand your personal qualities. For many—dare I say most?—students, who as…
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University Colleges: Liberal Arts Colleges in the Netherlands

By Celeste Moreno Palmero Ph.D. The first university college in the Netherlands was established in Utrecht in 1998. Since then, many important research universities have implemented these honors colleges. Their goal is to provide programs inspired by the philosophy of the US Liberal Arts education. This approach is rather innovative considering the educational systems that…
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US College Application: a brief guide to EA, ED, REA, RD, and Rolling Admissions

US college application deadlines vary but are usually between the Fall of a student’s senior year of high school and the Spring. Students may apply to multiple colleges and universities and should research each school’s specific requirements and application process. Most US universities have different types of deadlines for their applications, including early decision, early…
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Achievement Unlocked: How to Power-Up an Extracurricular Activity

Having read the title of this post, you probably believe that it will give you all of the information you need to ensure your extracurricular activities will impress even the most jaded Ivy-league application reader. You would be wrong. If you believe that a blog post can give you that, I’d like to sell you…
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What Do You Really Care About?

No college information session would be complete without a colorful Powerpoint peppered with grandiose value statements. Diversity! Sustainability! Intellectual excellence! If you’re bored yet, I get it: so am I. As a college consultant, I have a professional obligation to attend many such sessions, so allow me to share a rather poorly kept secret with…
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Admissions is in the Details

Or, Show, Don’t Tell! Allow me to begin this post with a vast understatement completely belying its content: writing college essays is hard. As I repeatedly find myself telling students, the college essay is a genre unto itself: peculiar, idiosyncratic, and for most students, entirely novel. It also demands that students produce something exceptional and…
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