How to Write An Amazing Resume

How to Write An Amazing Resume

The idea of writing a high school resume can be daunting to some students. After all, aren’t resumes for adults? With jobs and skills and all that? While it may seem strange to write out all of your experiences into the resume format, you’ll find that it’s necessary not only when applying to college, but when applying to things like jobs or internships. Read our tips below for how to write a head turning high school resume: 

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University of California Personal Insight Questions

University of California Personal Insight Questions

Students applying to the University of California (or UC) system do not apply through the Common App. Instead, students will apply directly on the University of California website. In lieu of one long Common App essay, students will also write four short response essays of no more than 350 words, known as “Personal Insight Questions.” Students have the opportunity to choose four essay topics from a list of eight prompts included below:

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2019 - 2020 University of Chicago Essay Prompts

2019 - 2020 University of Chicago Essay Prompts

The University of Chicago is known for their witty (and somewhat bizarre) college essay prompts, inspiring essays written with a blend of creative thinking and a fair sense of humor. If you’re thinking about applying to the University of Chicago, definitely check out these prompts:

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2019 - 2020 Common App Essay Prompts

2019 - 2020 Common App Essay Prompts

The Common App is short for “Common Application” and is a method that allows students to submit one application to several schools simultaneously. Students are able to choose from several distinct essay prompts and craft their personal statements. The prompts for application season 2019 - 2020 have been updated and are listed below:

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Five Tips for Writing Knockout College Essay Supplements

Five Tips for Writing Knockout College Essay Supplements

With the main essay done, it’s common for a school to gauge applicant interest by requesting a supplementary essay. While some prompts are specific––asking questions about career goals, academic focuses, or any other particular elements––most essay topics down to one typical question: Why are you applying to this school? There are ways to answer this question that help you put your best foot forward.

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How to Find SAT Practice Tests Online

How to Find SAT Practice Tests Online

College test prep can take many forms, but some of the basic requirements remain the same. In order to improve your test taking skills for any particular exam, you must practice using real tests that were written by certified test creators. Read our tips for how to find real SAT practice tests online for free.

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2018 - 2019 Common App Essay Prompts

2018 - 2019 Common App Essay Prompts

The Common App is short for “Common Application” and is a method that allows students to submit one application to several schools simultaneously. Students are able to choose from several distinct essay prompts and craft their personal statements. The prompts for application season 2018-2019 have been updated and are listed below:

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How to Research Colleges

How to Research Colleges

The letters come almost every day now. The emails come every hour. There are college nights, city wide info sessions, online webinars, campus prospective invitations. You order the big heavy book from Amazon. You pick up the brochures from the counselor’s office. You search Google. Before you know it, your college list is 30 schools deep and you haven’t even touched the west coast. Starting the college search process can be daunting for any student at any age. How on earth is it possible to filter between the hundreds of options in an effort to discover the elusive “best school”?

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How to Avoid Application Burnout

How to Avoid Application Burnout

Application Burnout can be a very real phenomenon for students approaching the end of a long application season. As if getting through end of year final exams wasn’t enough of a challenge, seniors now find themselves struggling to put the final finishing touches on applicationsediting resumes, finalizing short answer responses, revising essays, and putting on the last few polishes. The process is long and tough but absolutely worth it. Take a look at our tips for how to finish strong and avoid application burnout.

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How to Choose Which Colleges to Apply to

How to Choose Which Colleges to Apply to

Senior year is an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming. With literally thousands of colleges and universities across the country and around the world, it can be difficult for students to determine which schools are worth applying to.   Here are some things to keep in mind as you begin the college search and work towards polishing your application list:

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How to Take On the University of California Essays

How to Take On the University of California Essays

The University of California (and all of its campuses) does not accept the Common App. Instead, the UC schools provide an application of their own which requires students to write 4 short essays (350 words each) selected from 8 prompts, known as “Personal Insight Questions.”

This year’s 8 Personal Insight Questions are listed below:

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When to Apply to College, EA or ED?

When to Apply to College, EA or ED?

When first starting the college application process, one of the most important things to establish is your application timeline. You’ll first want to assess any looming deadlines and then work backwards to determine how much time you’ll need to complete your application. Consider things like: Registering for tests, studying, gathering teacher recommendations, and of course, writing and perfecting your essays.

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What to Do if You Have No Extracurricular Activities

What to Do if You Have No Extracurricular Activities

While extracurricular activities are certainly an important part of any high school student’s resume when applying to college, you may find yourself at the start of senior year with very little show for your time spent outside of class. This can happen for a variety of reasons––other commitments, limited family resources, or simple uncertainty regarding interests and passions.

So what should you do if you find yourself with only a limited number of extracurricular activities to list on your resume? Don’t fret, there are ways to enhance other aspects of your application in order to make yourself stand out as a compelling and irresistible candidate for admission.

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In Praise of Adversity: Learning How to Study

In Praise of Adversity: Learning How to Study

When I was a senior in high school, one of the strictest teachers I had (U.S. Government with Mr. Lockwood), told us something that I didn’t want to believe. He told us that it was more important to know how to study rather than to simply be good at taking tests. It was a long time before I realized that he was right.

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