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What a “Holistic” Review of College Applications Means for your Admissions Essay

If you have attended college information sessions this summer, you may have heard admissions officers say that they take a “holistic” review of applications. What does that phrase mean, and how does it affect their review of your personal statement?

Many of you are familiar with the common refrain, “If you’re not […]

Got Passion?

I’m sure you do, but that word should not appear in your personal statement (unless you happen to be writing about passion fruit).  Here’s why.  If you’ve selected an activity to write about, presumably it’s something that really floats your boat.  Though you may be passionate about that activity, do not come out and state that.  Many students […]

Summer is the Optimal Time to Take Action

You’ve just completed your sophomore or junior year of high school, and what you want to do right now more than anything is…NOTHING at all.

Here’s why that may not be the best plan:  though you deserve a break, and should spend part of the summer relaxing and gearing up for next year, one of the […]