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Heather McCutchen

Former Admissions Reader, Dartmouth College
MFA, Playwrights' Workshop, University of Iowa
BA, Dartmouth College

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I am an internationally produced playwright and novelist with 26 years of experience in Ivy League admissions.  I earned my MFA from the University of Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop and was a Senior Fellow in playwriting at Dartmouth College, where I graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude.  

I received a grant from the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays, a project in cooperation with the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. My debut fantasy novel LightLand, published by Scholastic/Orchard Books, earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly.

I live with my husband and children in a Connecticut farmhouse.

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How I Read a College Application, Exactly

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11 Reasons to Practice Public Speaking in High School

11 Reasons to Practice Public Speaking in High School Fear of public speaking is one of the most common phobias in the world. Estimates indicate that 75% of people have speech anxiety. There are many reasons to avoid being part of this statistic! When it’s time to apply for college, comfort with public speaking comes in handy.Keep reading

Applying to College as a Homeschooler

Applying to College as a Homeschooler Homeschooled for high school? In the past, you might have been in a panic about applying to college as a homeschooler. However, things have definitely changed. As the number of homeschoolers has skyrocketed over the past two decades, so has the number of homeschooler acceptances at top universities. ThereKeep reading

Categorizing Your Extracurricular Activities for College Applications

Categorizing Your Extracurricular Activities for College Applications Too many applicants rush through their Common App activities list. A slap-dash mention of how you’ve spent your time for the last four years is not going to get you into your dream colleges. Everything about your extracurricular activities for college applications matters: the titles, the descriptions, theKeep reading

Do AP Test Scores Even Matter?

Do AP Test Scores Matter? The answer to “Do AP test scores matter?” is a complicated one. The use of Advanced Placement courses and test scores continues to evolve. It’s important that you look at the specific policies of the colleges that interest you. While AP classes still signal academic rigor on a transcript, eliteKeep reading

How to Start a Club in High School

How to Start a Club in High School WHY start a club? For fun!  The best reason to start a club is that you are excited about something and want to share it with your peers! Starting a club that doesn’t really interest you will be a burden and will always lack the shine thatKeep reading

The 5 Worst Things You Could do as a Parent During College Applications

College Application Tips for Parents: The 5 Worst Things You Could Do as a Parent During College Applications Being a parent is always challenging, but certain points in your children’s lives stand out. The college application process is definitely one of those points. When my kids were applying, it often felt as though I couldn’tKeep reading

College Acceptance Rescinded: 6 Reasons to Keep Earning A’s Your Senior Year

College Acceptance Rescinded: 6 Reasons to Keeping Earning A’s, Even After Your Dream School Accepts You “I got in!” Congratulations! Getting into your dream college is definitely cause for celebration! You’ve worked hard for years, challenged yourself academically, and demonstrated intellectual passion in tangible ways.  It has probably been exhausting!  Acceptance letters signal a noteworthyKeep reading

Can I Get Into an Ivy? 4 Key Ways to Know if You Qualify for Top Schools

Can I get into an Ivy? 4 key ways to know if you qualify for top schools Every year, thousands of high schoolers ask themselves: Can I get into an Ivy? The answer? Probably not. That’s just statistics.  Most people— even most highly qualified people— will not get into an Ivy League School. In 2016,Keep reading

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