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How to Write an Effective Personal Statement for Grad School

Topic: Admissions, advice  |  Posted on August 29th, 2018  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

Every graduate program has a different name for it: personal statement, letter of intent, statement of purpose. But a rose by any other name is still a personal essay. While undergraduate institutions like to distinguish themselves with quirky essay questions, grad programs don’t have time for such adolescent antics. They want a straightforward narrative that […]

How to Survive Secondary Application Season

Topic: Admissions, advice  |  Posted on July 16th, 2018  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

Every harried med school applicant knows it: secondary application season is upon us. You’ve come so far already: you got the grades (even in organic chemistry!), you took the MCAT, you nailed your AMCAS personal statement, and you’re steeling yourself for the grueling schedule of interview season. You’ve probably spent your life acing tests and […]

Everything You Need to Know About College Application Deadlines

It’s basically impossible to start the college admissions process gradually. Practically from the moment you fill in the final SAT bubble, someone is asking you for something. Your guidance counselor wants a list of schools by Friday! Your dream school wants you to schedule a visit ASAP! Your favorite teacher is waiting for you to […]

Get Started on Your College Applications Over Labor Day 2016

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on September 1st, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

The sun is setting on your summer and senior year is about to begin. Labor Day 2016 is your last chance for one last hurrah. Your memories of summer camp, summer jobs, and summer travel already feel like distant memories as you make your plans for one last trip to the beach. But before your […]

4 Ways to Turn Your Summer Internship into an Amazing College Essay

Topic: Essay Tips, Resume Help  |  Posted on July 7th, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

So, you got a summer internship? Well, we have good news and bad news. We’ll start with the bad news. You have to work all summer. This is really going to take time away from all of the college essay writing you planned to do this summer (but what are lunch breaks, evenings and weekends for, right?). […]

The Perfect Pace for Working on College Applications over the Summer

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, International Students, Most Popular  |  Posted on June 30th, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

Summertime has officially arrived. The “strawberry moon” solstice has passed and there’s some good energy in the air (if you believe in that sort of thing!). Two major soccer championships are underway and the Summer Olympics are right around the corner. Big things are happening, guys! As any good stargazer or athlete knows, timing is […]

Free College Essay Help All Day!

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, International Students, Most Popular  |  Posted on June 27th, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

The day has come! Time to kick off your summer right with some college essay writing goodness. Beat the heat by writing the coolest essay ever. You’ve got three amazing advising options, so pick one, two or all three! Tweet, post, comment all of your college essay-related questions at us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr! […]

Free College Essay Topic Help: June 28, 2016!

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, International Students, Most Popular  |  Posted on June 22nd, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

School is out. The sun is shining. The beach is beckoning. But you’ve got college essays to write. We know. If we were you, we’d want to prioritize bronzing over brainstorming, too. That’s why we’re giving away tons of free advice and goodies on Tuesday, June 28. Kick off your summer writing season with a […]

4 Surprisingly Simple Strategies for Tackling Supplemental Application Essays

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on June 16th, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

The deluge has begun. The earliest supplemental essays have started to trickle out and it’s time to bust out your rain slicker and boots… maybe even a canoe if you have one on hand. For the uninitiated, supplemental essays are the school-specific writing assignments that many colleges and universities require in addition to the Common […]

College Spotlight: University of Chicago 2016-17

Topic: College Admissions, College Spotlight, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on June 14th, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

The University of Chicago is known for its intellectually rigorous core curriculum, beautiful gothic architecture, and quirky application supplement (more on those oddball essay prompts below). It’s a nerd paradise where the blustery Chicago winters are the perfect excuse to stay inside with a nice book or ten. Even though the unofficial school motto is, “If […]