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How to Write a College Essay Fast

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on September 30th, 2022  |  Written by Kat Stubing

There are myriad reasons why you might need to pen a college essay at lightning speed. You may have scribbled down the wrong deadline by mistake, and then realized you had two days to submit—not seventeen! You may have fallen head over heels for a college that was barely on your radar after a marvelous […]

Everything You Need to Know About the Common App’s Brand New “Context & Background” Section

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on August 10th, 2022  |  Written by Kat Stubing

The Common Application is live for the 2022-23 application season, which means students can begin submitting their applications right now! Students who made their Common App accounts and began exploring the platform prior to August 1, 2022 may have noticed that there’s a new section this year that some schools are opting to include in […]

Simons Summer Research Program Application Essay Guide

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 17th, 2022  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Requirements: 7 short responses of 700 characters each Deadline: February 18, 2022 Fee: Free excluding dining costs All text boxes accept up to 700 characters, which is approximately 100 to 180 words. Why do you want to participate in the Simons Summer Research Program?  Be specific about your aspirations and goals for the upcoming summer. […]

The Young Women’s Institute Summer Program Application Essay Guide

Topic: Private School, Uncategorized  |  Posted on March 8th, 2022  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Application Deadline: April 15, 2022  Attendance Fee: Free Requirements: 3 essays of 200-300 words minimum Program Dates: June 5-8, 8-11, 12-15, or 15-18, 2022 This program is for women interested in pursuing a degree in business. Please tell us what area of business you are currently most interested in pursuing, and why. (Minimum 300 words)  […]

How to Revise Your Written Responses for Private and Charter School Applications (with an Eye for Detail)

Topic: Private School, Uncategorized  |  Posted on March 2nd, 2022  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Congratulations! If you’re reading this, odds are you have a few essays (also referred to as written responses) drafted for your school application. You’re aaaalmost to the finish line. The only thing that separates you from that “Submit” button is our tried and true revision process. Our editing process is all about diligence and attention […]

Wharton’s Global Youth Leadership in the Business World (LBW) Summer Program Application Essay Guide 

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on February 28th, 2022  |  Written by Kat Stubing

CEA’s Guide to Wharton’s Global Youth Leadership in the Business World (LBW) Summer Program Application Essays Priority Deadline: January 20, 2022 Final Deadline: April 7, 2022 Requirements: 1 short answer, 1 essay of 200-300 words, and 1 essay of 300-400 words Program Dates: Jun 5 – Jun 25, 2022 / Jun 26 – Jul 16, 2022 / Jul […]

The Summer Academy for Math and Science (SAMS) Application Essay Prompt Guide

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on February 18th, 2022  |  Written by Kat Stubing

The Summer Academy for Math and Science (SAMS) is a 4-week program that provides opportunities for students from underrepresented communities to explore STEM-related fields. This year’s program will be in-person, with admitted participants staying in residence halls at CMU throughout July. Requirements: 1 essay of 300-500 words, 1 essay of up to 1,000 words   […]

AAJA’s 2022 JCamp Summer Program Application Essay Guide

Topic: Summer Preparation, Uncategorized  |  Posted on January 27th, 2022  |  Written by Kat Stubing

JCamp is a six-day multicultural program for high school students. It was started by the Asian American Journalism Association in 2001 in hopes of both confronting the lack of diversity in journalism and cultivating the voices of future media leaders. Unlike many other summer programs for high school students, there is no fee to apply […]

Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS) Application Essay Guide

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on January 25th, 2022  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Calling all Albert Einsteins and Katherine Johnsons! It’s time to make sure your PROMYS application is as strong as it can possibly be. And that starts with polished and authentic essay responses. Let’s dive in! Deadline: March 15, 2022 Recommendation: Give yourself an abundance of time to work on the problems. Decision Announcements: Mid-May 2022 […]

How to Distinguish Yourself in Your College Applications as an Early High School Graduate

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on January 13th, 2022  |  Written by Kat Stubing

More students are learning about and taking advantage of early graduation opportunities across the United States. Some states offer exams to sophomores and juniors that give them clearance to graduate early if they pass. The California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE), for example, is available to High School students in California who would like to […]