7 tips to help you ace your college supplement essays

Posted by Neal Schwartz on August 11, 2020


Students often think that the main college essay is the most important part of their college application.

However, sometimes that means overlooking the importance of the rest of the college application, especially supplement essays. Supplement essays are additional essays that may be required by certain selective colleges that ask more specific questions. These essays are generally shorter in length but can also be the length of a standard college essay, so it’s important to give them equal attention. For some schools, the supplemental essay prompts can be deceptively simple. They can range in topic from asking students to describe moments of adversity to describing a favorite piece of art to discussing the student’s community and how they can contribute to the college or university. Overall, the supplemental essays help balance out the rest of the application. Because less attention is usually devoted to preparing for supplemental essays, we’ve compiled some tips to helps students write meaningful responses that can boost up their applications.

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Topics: College Essays, College Applications, college admissions, supplemental essays, college counseling, commonapp, high school senior, college freshman year

7 Tips to Help Your College Essay Stand Out

Posted by Neal Schwartz on July 22, 2020




College application kickoff Aug 1st


The college essay is the pinnacle of your high school career. But being able to sum yourself up in 650 words is not an easy task. What’s the best topic to write about? What if I don’t have any ideas? This essay can at first seem overwhelming, but it’s helpful to zoom out and take it step by step. With some schools going test-optional, the college essay is an even more important determining admissions factor. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of tips for students looking to give their essays a competitive advantage for this very particular application season. The Common App kickoff date is set for August 1st, which is the official start of the college application season. That’s why it’s wise to get the essay started over the summer when there are no distractions from school.  

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Topics: College Essays, College Applications, college admissions, supplemental essays, college counseling, commonapp, high school senior, college freshman year

ACT Postpones Section Retesting

Posted by Neal Schwartz on June 23, 2020





ACT postpones section retesting


The June ACT was far from the typical testing experience. With testing centers in 45 states practicing physical distancing and adhering to CDC guidelines, students were given a taste of the new reality of standardized testing, and it’s quite complicated. 

Due to COVID-19, this testing season in general has been chaotic and stressful, to say the least. With test dates cancelled and futures uncertain, students taking the ACT now have to face a new challenge. According to the ACT’s blog, CEO Janet Godwin has decided to postpone section retesting for 2020. This means that students who already took the ACT will not be able to retake sections to improve their superscores until some time later in 2021. 

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Topics: ACT, college admissions, ACT prep, college counseling, college test prep

College is Undergoing an Existential Crisis

Posted by Neal Schwartz on June 09, 2020




Why the humanities matter now more than ever


We need Homer,” writes New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, in his recent article, “The End of College as We Knew It?”. Homer, the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, two epic poems widely studied in core college curricula, is according to Bruni, just as important as the doctors and scientists keeping our civilization afloat throughout this pandemic. He continues, “We need writers, philosophers, historians. They’ll be the ones to chart the social, cultural and political challenges of this pandemic — and of all the other dynamics that have pushed the United States so harrowingly close to the edge. In terms of restoring faith in the American project and reseeding common ground, they’re beyond essential.” 

Colleges have been among the major institutions to flounder from consequences of the pandemic, leading to an existential crisis. The college identity is now up in the air. With revenue, budget and resource reductions, colleges are forced to either imperfectly adapt the college experience into an online one, or crumble under the pressure. Students are changing their attitudes, too. What used to be for some an opportunity for personal as well as academic exploration and growth, has now become a question of practicality and job-market preparedness. But this pandemic is raising exactly those big questions that the great philosophers and writers of human history mulled over for centuries.

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Topics: college admissions, college counseling, college value proposition, emotional intelligence, college identity, academic exploration, classic literature, humanities, literature, college crisis, attitude towards college

To defer or not to defer?

Posted by Neal Schwartz on June 02, 2020



High school seniors are facing the dilemma of the century. But is deferring their freshman year in favor of a gap year the right choice?

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Topics: college admissions, online learning, distance learning, college counseling, college plans for the fall, gap year, college freshman


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