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Plan ahead: FAFSA and CSS Profile to Open October 1

Posted by Neal Schwartz on September 16, 2020

This September has been an exceptional back-to-school season. Struggling with enacting new sanitary protocols, schools are slowly easing into new routines, with varying levels of success. This can be a particularly challenging time for high school seniors. And for those high school seniors that are completing their last year of high school in such conditions, the college application season is especially important. We want to make sure that seniors don’t miss a beat. For many applying to colleges this year, finances are even more of an important question than usual. That’s why it’s essential to be on top of Financial Aid applications. With only a few weeks before the 2021-2022 FAFSA and CSS Profile become accessible, we thought it would be helpful to provide families with a few quick tips on the process.

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Topics: College Essays, College Applications, High school Activities, college admissions, supplemental essays, distance learning, college counseling, commonapp, high school senior, college freshman year, fafsa

How to optimize distance learning this school year

Posted by Neal Schwartz on August 28, 2020

The trend of remote learning has met much controversy in the days leading up to the start of the fall semester. Many concerned parents feel that their students are behind due to an insufficient and flawed pivot to virtual classrooms. With our new reality, and schools choosing hybrid or purely remote options, it’s not going to be perfect. To export remote learning on a scale such as this takes a lot of trial and error. It’s never been done before, so neither parents nor students should expect smooth sailing right away.

While some teachers and students are quickly adapting to learning online and being more independently motivated, others are having a more difficult time with the adjustment. And it’s to be expected, because face-to-face learning is most often the best. However, distance learning can be supplemented in order to feel more robust. If students are finding that they need extra support, we have a variety of suggestions to help them optimize this very particular school year.

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

Neal Schwartz discusses the “new frontier” for today’s students

Posted by Neal Schwartz on August 21, 2020

 

Neal Schwartz was recently featured on Episode 19 of Dooner’s World, where he and Mike took a trip down memory lane to trace Neal’s humble beginnings at a college radio station near Albany back in 1974 to his current mission of preparing today’s youth for the “new frontier.”

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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 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

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