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From Staring to Starting: Overcoming Writer's Block for Your College Essays

September 10, 2014

The personal statement and various supplemental college essays are some of the most difficult pieces of writing you will likely ever be confronted with in your life. With the stakes so high, the need for profundity under such word count and time limit constraints can be suffocating. However, you will find that once you get over the initial hump and get a first draft on paper, things will flow much more easily from there.

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How to Approach Top-Ranked Business School Application Essays

September 8, 2014

Business school deadlines are fast approaching and it’s time to write the most compelling essay of your academic and professional career thus far. As you sit down, reflect deeply and intensely on the following before you submit your business school application essays:

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Do I Need Perfect Scores To Get Into Harvard?

August 28, 2014

A big misconception about Harvard University is that you can only get into Harvard if you have perfect GPAs and SAT or ACT scores. If this was true, every spot in the incoming freshman class – all 1,660 – would be filled by 4.0 students. If this was true, the average SAT score of admitted students would be a 2400 and not a 2255 and the average ACT score would be a 36 and not a 32.

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5 Mistakes You Don't Want to Make on Your Medical School Application

August 24, 2014

In medicine the term “red flag” has been adopted to suggest an early warning sign for something sinister or life threatening. When reviewing medical school applications, “red flags” are also used to predict a bad outcome. With experience screening thousands of applications it becomes easy to pick up on “red flags” that may be harbingers of a difficult or undesirable student. These “red flags” may be different depending on whose lap your application lands in; however, here is a short list of my red flags that make your application stand out in a way it shouldn’t.

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4 Extracurricular Activities That Boost Your Law School Application

August 19, 2014

Gone are the times when law school admissions were only based on your LSAT scores and your undergraduate GPA. While those two factors still remain extremely important, admission committees now seek qualities that make you stand out among a diverse swath of candidates.

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Your Medical School Application Timeline

August 18, 2014

Applying to medical school requires immense thought, planning, and preparation. While the decision that you want to become a doctor can be made overnight, the application process takes much more time. Before you apply, it’s important to understand the medical school application timeline. You must carefully strategize when you are going to take the MCAT, when to submit your AMCAS application, when to submit your secondaries, when your interviews will take place, and when you will figure out if you got in.

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9 Mistakes To Avoid on Your Business School Application

August 13, 2014

In speaking with my colleagues – former admissions officers from many of the most competitive business schools – there are some very common mistakes that applicants make that turn an otherwise highly competitive application into one that is thrown into the “maybe” list or worse, passed over completely.

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Early Decision vs Early Action: Which Option Is Best For You?

August 12, 2014

Applying to college requires making many decisions – which college to attend, which program to take, and when to apply. While admissions committees of different colleges and universities do their best to make college admissions process as simple as possible, applicants are still left with several important decisions to make.

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The Madness Begins: Law School Applications Have Been Released

August 7, 2014

At the turn of the new month a few days ago, the vast majority of law schools began to release their law school applications in downloadable form on their websites and through LSAC. Students who have been diligently compiling all of the critical components of their applications are beating down the doors of the law school admissions offices already and getting their almost-complete applications ready for a dress rehearsal-style ultimate review before everything is (electronically) signed, sealed, and delivered.

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5 Paid Ways to Get Clinical Experience

August 2, 2014

Medical school admissions committees like to see that applicants have spent time becoming familiar with the practical and real side of medicine. Clinical shadowing experiences have become a popular way to assess a desire to practice medicine. However, students may have difficulty finding opportunities to shadow physicians for a variety of reasons including the increasing privacy regulations around protected health information and/or lack of access to physicians to shadow. Luckily there are alternative ways to gain experience around patients and healthcare settings.

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