Last week, the Common Application announced that the essay prompts for 2020-2021 will remain the same as they were in 2019-2020 application. So, what are you waiting for? Now is a great time to start brainstorming topics for your Common App essay.
2020-2021 Common Application Essay Prompts
Alan Katzman, founder and CEO of Social Assurity, guides students on creating a winning social media presence. He is a pioneer in developing and advancing techniques to teach students how to use social media to build a compelling and reflective digital presence as a game-changing tool for creating academic and career success at all educational levels. We’re giving you his top four reasons why you should be aware of how social media can impact your college planning.
Reason #1: Admission Officers Are Looking at Your Social Media
Thanks to Kaplan Test Prep and its annual survey of college admissions officers, we know that at least 35% of admission officers in the United States looked at applicant social media during the 2016 admissions process. We also know that admissions officers are more likely to look when considering scholarships and when invited to do so by applicants.
Reason #2: Since They’re Looking,...
What do successful people have in common? Is it brains, talent, fame or fortune? No! Arel Moodie, bestselling author and speaker, has a different idea. In this TedTalk, Arel explains the secret to student success and how you don’t have to be the smartest or the most talented to be successful.
Arel’s secret – effort – comes from his personal experience as a successful student and entrepreneur. Numerous studies and authors agree with him. Angela Duckworth, psychologist and distinguished professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is well known for her research on “Grit”. Among the high achievers that she studied, grit (aka conscientiousness) is a common factor and outweighs IQ in predicting success.
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Here are 5 myths about paying for college that counselors often hear. Don’t fall victim to these myths!
1. My family makes too much money to qualify for financial aid.
This is one of the biggest myths out there. You may not qualify for aid at one school, and qualify for lots of money at another school (see blog How Do You Get Money for College?)
2. It costs more to go out-of-state than to stay in-state.
Not so. With increased tuition rates in many states, it is not always cheaper to stay in-state. There are out of state tuition waivers available for many students. Also, colleges offer scholarships to students for athletes, scholars, certain majors, leadership, and other categories. Don’t narrow your list of colleges to just in-state schools.
3. It cost more to go to a private school than a public school.
Not necessarily. Each family situation is unique and you may find it will cost less for...
It’s that time of year – making a list and checking it twice. And no – we’re not talking about a Santa list. Now is a good time to begin thinking about your college list. Use some of your down time during winter break and the steps below to get a jump start on your college list.
What? Is that insane?! Not at all. This is the perfect moment to take a deep breath and consider taking a break from school before plunging into the next pressurized step. Now is the time to think about a gap year or semester that allows time and opportunity to refocus, polish skills, explore an interest, or simply re-energize.
Gap years still are more common in places like the United Kingdom where up to 25 percent of students who go to college take a year off. In the United States, that number is closer to 1 percent, according to the nonprofit Higher Education Research Institute. The statistics don’t tell why students take off a year, but the American Gap Association (AGA) reports increasing interest and attendance at the gap year fairs it holds around the country to familiarize students with gap programs.
Why even consider a gap? For starters, researchers in Australia found that taking time out from school helped with motivation once students...
If you took the PSAT earlier this fall, you should expect to receive your scores sometime next week. The CollegeBoard says scores will be released to students Dec 9-11 (the exact date depends on where you live). Your counselor can access the scores on Dec 2 through the K-12 reporting portal. Be smart by using your PSAT scores to improve your score on the “real” SAT. Your score report explains what areas you need to review before taking the next test.
Viewing Your Scores
The CollegeBoard has aligned the PSAT scores with the SAT scores. You can use your PSAT test scores to learn more about how you might do on the upcoming SAT tests. But there are a LOT of scores on the PSAT test. Which scores should you to pay attention to?
Here are some tips. When viewing your score report, focus on:
Next week most Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving. In the upcoming holiday season, you will likely end up spending time with lots of family. Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve seen Grandma and Grandpa, or Uncle Mike and the cousins. What are you going to talk about? Most experts advise that politics is off the table, and you can only talk about the weather for so long. Don’t be surprised if the guests turn their attention to you and your college plans. What are your plans after you graduate, what colleges will you apply to, what will you major in, etc.? You may or may not have answers to these questions – so how do you deal?
SAT Subject tests are based on curriculum you have in class. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate your mastery of a particular subject. According to the College Board,
“The SAT Subject Tests offer you an additional opportunity to show colleges what you know and what you know you can do. Many colleges use the SAT Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Some colleges specify the SAT Subject Tests that they require for admission or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take.”
Only a handful of colleges require SAT subject tests from students, but many will use SAT Subject test scores as a part of your admissions profile or for placement purposes (especially in foreign language).
What subject tests can I take?
There are 20 subject tests to choose from. A majority of the tests are in foreign languages, with English, History, Math and...
Sports, clubs, academic competitions, music, work, social activism? Why do colleges care about how you spend your time outside of class? Your extracurricular activities are a reflection of your interests, your attitude, your work ethic, etc. Admission officers can learn a lot about you by your activity list – but they care less about what you do and more about how you do it. Colleges are looking for three basic qualities in your activities – longevity, leadership, and lasting impact.
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