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How the Coronavirus Pandemic is Impacting College Admissions: Our Founder Weighs In

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Whether you’re deciding where to attend college next fall via virtual tours, or diving into the daunting task of starting your college admissions essay,  the past few weeks have felt overwhelming and uncertain — to say the least. 

As the nation grapples with the impacts of a global pandemic, there are several ways for juniors and seniors to overcome the related, unforeseen obstacles and set themselves up for future success. Although you may be feeling lost as you attempt to navigate the college application process without campus visits or craft a school list in the absence of standardized testing, Stacey Brook, our Founder and Chief Advisor, is here to help. 

While the college admissions process continues to remain unpredictable, there are some things you can do to stay ahead of the curve. Luckily, the 2020-21 Common and Coalition App personal statement prompts have already been released, so now is the perfect time to get started on your essay. Stacey recommends taking ten minutes each day to brainstorm potential essay topics to use to your advantage. One of our favorite (free!) resources, accessible to all, is our very own College Essay Academy. This 11-part video series is designed to help you navigate every step of the college essay — from brainstorming to editing, and everything in between. 

Stacey also suggests, “Try to think of this time at home as a creative period in which you can enrich your skills and life experience. Read a book for pleasure. Find creative ways to transition your school activities and volunteer work into remote efforts. Your community needs you — how can you rise to the occasion?” 

For even more advice on how to approach school decisions, application preparation and more, check out the full piece in Teen Vogue.

And remember, this is only temporary — so try and use this time to plan ahead for the upcoming college admissions cycle. That way, you’ll feel confident, prepared, and eager to take on whatever challenges come your way. 

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