An NYU application reader shares her top tips for writing the perfect college essay.
"Thanks, Dr. O'Connor. You know, if you could wait a day, I'm almost finished with my next English essay." "That would include
Now that you've written an unfiltered first draft, it is the time to start editing. Make sure that what you've written falls
Over the past month, I was honored to chat with Ethan Sawyer, the College Essay Guy. Sometimes, if we are lucky, someone comes along who we instinctively know is an authentic, good person.
Beyond just UK Schools, many countries around the world are seeking American Students. Singapore, home to two of the world's
Legacy is a controversial term in college admissions. If your family went to the university, legacy can help you in the admissions process at some universities. But often we get questions about how much it helps, what legacy is defined as, and how you can maximize your chances given legacy. In this article, we will go over these questions using data that we have extracted at Synocate over the past 6 years.
First you have to find your area of interest. Doing general volunteer work is almost never helpful for admission to the Top 100 colleges.
I spend a lot of time talking to 17-year-olds about what is valuable in life and what is worth aspiring to. With the Rio games on the horizon, I thought, who better to look to than Olympic athletes for lessons on motivation, ambition, and expression of your greatest self?
Summertime is one of the best times for high school students. Daily routine and structured days give way to sunshine and mostly empty calendars. Apart from taking a much-needed break from academics, students should use their summers to expand on their interests.
Admission to your dream college is not only contingent on academic success, but also your extracurricular work. College admission officers want to know you as more than just a number- they want to know what makes you tick - what are you passionate about, what drives you?
Students who are serious about applying to ultra-selective schools need to affirmatively articulate - first to themselves, then to the colleges - reasons why schools should want to welcome them. Even so, no one gets in to ultra-selective without a little luck. "Reach" schools are reaches for everyone.
Take Prompt #5: "Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood
Just as in sports, where you warm up before actually playing, it's a really good idea to "warm up" before sitting down to work on your college essays. By gradually preparing your mind and body for the more vigorous activity ahead, you'll put yourself in the right space to maximize the quality of your essay-writing session. So here are some tips on how you can create a good writing warm-up for yourself.
Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
Johnny Cash was no saint. Neither are most high school students. Few of us grow up to be criminals or folk heroes. Most of us are somewhere in between. We don't need to upend our lives for our causes, but we can nudge ourselves in the direction of righteousness.