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7 college application mistakes to avoid

7 college application mistakes to avoid | Creating Comprehensive College Applications |
A range of errors tend to crop up when high school grads apply for college -- here's what to look for

Via Nichelle N. McCall
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Some important ideas from this article were how important it is to describe your activities in detail. Just saying you were captain of the math team isn't enough- you need to explain that being captain meant you had to manage the team, gauge their strengths and weaknesses, and make decisions in a leadership role. This will better allow the colleges to understand how the activities you chose to partake in helped to shape you, and how that makes you a better candidate for their school. 

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How to Properly Ask for a Letter of Recommendation | BostInno

How to Properly Ask for a Letter of Recommendation | BostInno | Creating Comprehensive College Applications |
Graduate school application deadlines are approaching, and it's that time of year when you have to start thinking about which professors or employers to ask.

Via Maddy Cooper
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Letters of recommendation are important! You have to think carefully about who you want to ask to recommend you, and also the proper way to politely ask for someone to write a letter for you, and how you can make it easiest on them. The colleges I've looked at so far all treat letters of recommendations differently, some require them, while others list them as optional. One school doesn't exactly do recommendations, but has recommendation forms for a teacher or mentor to fill out and mail to them. In order to make things easiest for the teachers writing letters for you, give them an envelope already addressed to the college with postage attached already. That way all they have to do is drop it in a mailbox.  

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Writing the Successful College Application Essay

Writing the Successful College Application Essay | Creating Comprehensive College Applications |

Tips for writting a good application essay

Via Maddie Reed, Lauren Stiger
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Since Elementary School we've been practicing how to write essays-and now it matters more than ever! College application essays are tricky-you have to stand out from the crowd and be unique, but make sure your essay is well-formatted and sticks to what you've learned in school. The basics are still very important: you need a intro the grabs attention, a body of work that well supports your claim, and a conclusion that effectively summarizes the paper. When writing, it's paramount to consider your audience? Who is going to read your writing, and what are they looking for when they read it? Your essay has to display to the college why you think they are a good fit for you, and why you think you're a good fit for them. 

Alee Dedrick's curator insight, January 1, 2014 7:24 PM

Applying for colleges is a stressful time and full of answering questions and writing essays. Finding a website that can give tips and guidance on writing essays was essential. One thing that was extremely helpful was writing a good enough essay that it could be used multiple times as a true description of myself. 

Campbell Barnhart's curator insight, January 13, 2014 10:58 AM

This article breaks down a task like writing a college essay into several small steps that help make the process easier for students to wrap their head around. Because we all know college essays can be a daunting task, but after reading this article I feel more comfortable about the process.

Taylor Anne Teachworth's curator insight, January 15, 2014 2:21 AM

This is a FANTASTIC resource. I am the kind of person that likes to see what other people have done so I have kind of a mental outline of what people are looking for. This website gives you sample essays from some Ivy League schools, as well as others. It was a HUGE help!