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Ask the Right Questions!

By CorinneSeptember 24, 2009
One of my jobs as an admission counselor is to spread knowledge about the institution I represent. I travel to approximately 168 high schools every fall, attend at least four college fairs a week, and interview dozens of students along the way. One thing I've noticed ... More  →
Ask the Right Questions!

Dear Corinne: All My Parents See Is the Money

By CorinneSeptember 23, 2009
Sparkler IxSeexAll writes: My parents are forcing me to go to a certain university because it's cheap and only ten minutes away. The problem is that it's not a very good school, and I don't want my hard work (I’ve taken AP and honors classes whenever ... More  →
Dear Corinne: All My Parents See Is the Money

How Should I Start My College Essay? 6 Essential Tips

By CorinneSeptember 21, 2009
Admission counselors read anywhere from 25 to 50 essays a day; here are a few pointers to make yours stand out of the pack. 1. Don't begin with a quotation. Kicking off college application essays with a quotation has become a cliché, which means the technique comes ... More  →
How Should I Start My College Essay? 6 Essential Tips

"can i visit sumtime nxt wk 2 stay 4 a nite?"

By CorinneSeptember 18, 2009
"Hey! j/w if i need nemore stuff for my app.... n can i visit sumtime nxt wk 2 stay 4 a nite? I <3 this school! k, thnx, ttyl!" Please do not write that email. Please do not be THAT student. Let me read you the admission ... More  →

8 Steps to Take Now

By CorinneSeptember 16, 2009
If you're a high school senior getting ready to apply to college, here are eight things you must do now, right away, in order to get organized, keep sane, and not drive us admission counselors crazier than we already are! 1. Open a new—and classy—email account. ... More  →
8 Steps to Take Now

Sean is Lazy and Rude. You Should Accept Him to Your School Anyway.

By CorinneSeptember 14, 2009
Believe it or not, recommendations—a.k.a. the portion of your application that is completely out of your control—can change the opinion of the person considering you as a potential student. I've been swayed by them too many times to count. One of the best recommendations I've ... More  →
Sean is Lazy and Rude. You Should Accept Him to Your School Anyway.

Breathe. It's Only College

By CorinneSeptember 3, 2009
Slow down. Take a deep breath, and exhale. Many of you have e-mailed me desperate for direction about juggling extracurriculars with APs, crying in fear that you're not involved enough, or worried sick your resume won't be up to par for your dream school. Breathe in . ... More  →
Breathe. It's Only College

Teacher Recommendation How-to

By CorinneSeptember 1, 2009
You can probably think of one teacher who will be ecstatic to write a recommendation for you. The other three—maybe not so much. And your guidance counselor, who is, um, what's her name again? With school right around the corner (I bet some of you have ... More  →
Teacher Recommendation How-to

You're a Senior. What Should You Be Doing?

By CorinneAugust 24, 2009
OK, you hotshot seniors—it's time to rise to the top of the school, take over the unofficially official "senior" parking spots, and experience the once-in-a-lifetime event known as your senior prom. But FIRST, how 'bout we get you into college.... 1) The List Make a list of ... More  →
You're a Senior. What Should You Be Doing?

You're a Junior. What Should You Be Doing?

By CorinneAugust 19, 2009
Juniors, the time has come. This is the year you'll start taking AP courses, realize that high school is more than halfway over, and come to grips with the fact that, yes, unfortunately, you really do have to take the SAT. That's right: this ... More  →
You're a Junior. What Should You Be Doing?