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What are community colleges in the United States?

CC in the USDid you know that nearly 33% of all new international students in the United States in the 2013-14 academic year began their studies at a community college? That’s pretty remarkable considering in many parts of the world, the community college concept does not exist. Continue reading

Should I really be bragging in my essay?

To brag or not to brag?

To brag or not to brag?

One of the hardest things for international students struggle with in compiling their applications to U.S. colleges and universities is the essay/personal statement. In many cultures, it is not appropriate to write about yourself in extremely positive terms. What does it really mean to brag or boast? Typically, to boast is to “speak with exaggeration and excessive pride, especially about oneself.” Continue reading

Why do I need extracurricular activities?



Universities want students who do more than get good grades and test scores. They want well-rounded individuals who can contribute to their community. That’s one reason why participating in extracurricular activities is a big deal to college admissions officers. But participating in extra activities can do so much more. Continue reading

Make the college interview work for you



Does the idea of an interview make your palms sweat? You’re not alone. Don’t fret though. A college interview isn’t just a chance for you to make a great impression; it’s a chance for you to get a really good feel for whether a school is right for you. Here are some ways you can make the most of it. Continue reading

Combatting test prep anxiety

studying-for-a-test-1_21126739We know there’s a lot of pressure on you to get good scores on the SATs and ACTs. It’s natural to feel some anxiety. But don’t let it get the better of you. Here are some quick tips to make it all a bit easier.

  • Keep it in perspective. Standardized tests are important, but they’re only part of your application. College admission officers look atyour entire academic record not just your test scores.

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How to write a standout college essay

writing your college essayIf you’re like most students, you probably have some anxiety about writing your college essays. How do you write an essay that’s memorable and stands out from the crowd? Today we’re pleased to be joined by Carol Barash, PhD, founder and CEO of Story to College to share tips on writing an impressive college essay.

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