St. Lawrence University – 1st Year Experience
Mar28

St. Lawrence University – 1st Year Experience

If you’re wondering what your 1st year experience will be like once you get into college, you’re not alone. Taking that big, next step is exciting for some and terrifying for others. Colleges know this and can help.

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Visit St. Lawrence University
Feb16

Visit St. Lawrence University

You know that any university can look good in a brochure, which is why a campus visit is such a valuable tool in your college search. Here’s how to get the most out of your visit to St. Lawrence University.

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The Location and Education of U. S. Presidents

Very cool look at our nation's presidents and a nice complement to our list of where presidents attended college: Explore our U.S. Presidents on a map (via Google Student blog) [Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog and Google Lat Long blog]  Where'd They Go to School?™ — The Presidents (Smart College Visit, originally published...

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SmartCollegeVisit College Resource List
Dec04

SmartCollegeVisit College Resource List

We cover a lot of topics related to planning college visits, working your way through the college admissions process, as well as life as a college student, and we thought it would be helpful to consolidate these resources into a short list representing the trusted, outside business sources who have offered advice and information about their particular college niche.   If there's a topic you can't find here or by searching our site and you'd like us to cover, please submit a suggestion using the comment link at the end of this post.    HELP FOR PARENTS  Parents Countdown to College Coach - Navigating the College Admissions Process Don't Pick a College Sight Unseen College Funding Relief, LLC - Financial Aid and Money for College Planning Top Five FAFSA Mistakes: How to avoid them   HELP FOR STUDENTS: SAT/ACT TEST PREP  Bell Curves - Consulting Services, Test Preparation Programs, and Self-study Resources The 5 W's of #CampusChat with Guest Akil Bello Prepped & Polished – Tutoring, Counseling and SAT Test Prep Prepped & Polished: More Than a Tutor Word-Nerd - SAT, PSAT Vocabulary Test Prep Do I Need to Study Vocabulary for the SAT?   COLLEGE ADMISSIONS APPLICATIONS College Connections – College Counseling Services On CampusChat: College Web Search Techniques with Jeannie Borin Ivy Eyes Editing – College admissions application essay writing coach Keep Your Eye on the Prize with Ivy Eyes Editing    COLLEGE LIFE Design Your Dorm – College Dorm Room Web-based 3-D Interior Design Tool  Take Control of Move-In Day with Design Your Dorm  Campus Carriers – Making College Move-out Day Easier for Everyone  End of Semester Shift: What about All My Stuff? WilliamPaid – Pay Rent Online, Build Credit WilliamPaid: Building Credit One Rent Payment at a Time BecomeAlum – College Career Academic Planning for Enrolled Students Top 10 Questions for the Undecided Major Koofers - Past Exams, Study Guides, Notes and more… It's all Academic – CampusChat with Koofers – Who should attend?...

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The 5 Biggest Mistakes in College Admissions Essays
Oct07

The 5 Biggest Mistakes in College Admissions Essays

College admissions essays are important — and different. The following is a guest post by Janson Woodlee, co-founder of Ivy Eyes Editing. Your college admissions essay is probably unlike anything you’ve ever written. What other class or context has demanded you compose a self-actualizing, authentic piece of prose that also subtly “markets” your life experience? The admissions context is unique in this regard, and requires some strategic understanding of your audience: what they’re reading and what they want to be reading. At Ivy Eyes Editing, we have read thousands of college admissions essays and established a solid calibration for what makes an admissions essay extraordinary. So, what are the 5 biggest mistakes that we see applicants routinely make? 1. A lack of authenticity. Most applicants obtusely write what the AdCom (Admissions Committee) wants to hear (“winning the swim meet was amazing—I’m so proud I won!”) rather than the more difficult, reflective alternative (“winning the swim meet was amazing but surprisingly difficult—my swim career was over”). Authenticity makes you you, it makes you a stronger community member, and it makes you likeable. Keep it authentic! 2. Tackling too much. Most applicants try to compress their life story into their admissions essay; however, remember that your essay isn’t your resume in narrative form. Focusing on a seemingly insignificant moment in a coffee shop will likely yield more interesting, thoughtful content. Typically, you only have 800 words or so. Get granular and dig deep! 3. Generic angles. The hyper-descriptive intro that starts with the onomatopoeia (“KA-BOOM!”), the one-size-fits-all, resume-supporting framework (describing the photos on a nightstand), the melodramatic essay that explores a difficult circumstance (“When my dog died…”): we’ve all read these essays before. Your admissions essay is somewhat like a 1st date or conversation, and hackneyed narrative tactics will cause most listeners to tune out. 4. Language level. Your admissions essay must be fundamentally reader-friendly. It should not read like a dense PhD dissertation OR an informal e-mail to your best friend; it should strike a balance between the two. Don’t use a series of clichés. Do write in your own language and remember to show rather than tell. 5. Misusing the admissions essay. Your essay can truly be a marketing opportunity. There is a correct, subtle way to articulate your strengths and strengthen your candidacy. So, take a step back. Given the rest of your application, what should your reader know about you—and what does your essay tell them? Admissions writing truly requires a new set of skills which most high school applicants don’t frequently get to practice or cultivate. However, avoiding some of these pitfalls will help you as...

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Where’d They Go to School?™ – Stars of GLEE

July 9, 2010 Way before they sang and danced through the halls of William McKinley High School, a lot of GLEE cast members did what you’re doing now — looked for a college. Below, see who studied where. Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester) New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Jayma Mays (Emma Pillsbury) Radford University Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) Illinois State University and Cornell University Jessalyn Gilsig (Terri Schuester) McGill University and Harvard University’s American Repertory Theatre Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina Cohen-Chang) Marymount Manhattan College Mark Salling (Noah Puck Puckerman) Los Angeles Music Academy Josh Sussman (Jacob Ben Israel) New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts Iqbal Theba (Principal Figgins) University of Oklahoma Patrick Gallagher (Coach Tanakain) National Theatre School of Canada {Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) was accepted at NYU’s Tisch School but chose to continue her stage career.} *** Kathie Dickenson is an award-winning higher-education writer and editor and a regular contributor to SmartCollegeVisit. “Where’d They Go to School™ is a series appearing on...

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