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How much do extracurriculars really matter for your college application?

Do extracurriculars really matter for your college applications? They can, for some students more than others.

by Alex McNeil

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How to set up your Common Application account

You may know what the Common App essay is, but do you know how to actually use the Common Application portal? You'll need to by the time you're done.

by Alex McNeil

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How to build a great college school list

The way you construct your list matters (a lot).

by Alex McNeil

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The power of a cohesive college application

The way you balance your application narrative across multiple essays matters - a lot. You'll build a better application if your writing is cohesive.

by Alex McNeil

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How to write the best UC essays possible

The UC essays take honesty, clarity, and straight-forward writing. Avoid the biggest mistakes applicants make when writing theirs.

by Alex McNeil

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How to write an amazing "Why Us" supplemental essay

I'm going to share some ideas about how to craft a great answer to one of the most common supplemental essays, the "Why Us" supplement.

by Alex McNeil

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Using themes to anchor your common app essay

All good essays (especially the common application essay) need to be based around strengths. Let's look at how to anchor yours.

by Alex McNeil

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How to pick a common app essay topic for the 2022-23 cycle

Let's talk about how to evaluate and select a common app topic for the 2022-23 cycle. Gather round!

by Alex McNeil

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A primer on common app and supplemental essays

A quick introduction to the two biggest essay genres - the common app and the supplemental essays

by Alex McNeil

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How to find great safety schools using teaching quality

You need to find better safety schools for your college list. Here's a great way to do just that.

by Alex McNeil

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How to avoid diminishing returns across your college application

Diminishing routines can ruin your application (and your life!). Know how to avoid them during your college admissions journey.

by Alex McNeil

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Thinking like a startup to create great extracurriculars

How do you create meaningful extracurriculars from scratch? Let's talk through some entrepreneurial thinking and how it applies to college...

by Alex McNeil

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Write brilliant sentences that give your college essays punch

Write knock-out sentences that drive your admissions readers wild. Well, at least ones that keep them awake.

by Alex McNeil

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Why You Absolutely SHOULD be Reading Essays that Worked

My (controversial?) advice: read college essays to improve your own!

by Alex McNeil

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