The Key to a Great Essay

aha momentStudents definitely have a lot on their plates this fall, from re-taking standardized tests, maintaining strong grades, writing college essays, deciding where to apply, filling in applications, keeping active with extracurriculars...it can all feel overwhelming! But what if you were also dealing with trying to fulfill much more basic needs at the same time? And not even just for yourself, but for your whole family, including much younger siblings. It's just not a reality that many students have to think about, let alone face!

But once in a while there is a story that surfaces that affects us all, because it makes us take a second look at the world around us, and at ourselves. It invites us to look beyond the surface, to gain a new perspective, and to be grateful for the little details we take for granted each day. So, if you are reading this, and you are still looking for the key to a great essay, it evolves from that deeper look. Maybe you've dealt with issues like Viviana Andazola Marquez, or maybe you feel like your life has been pretty smooth and easy, but either way, anyone has the ability, through observation and self-examination, to connect the dots in a new way, and come up with that essay that not only stands out, but more importantly, creates an aha moment that allows us a fleeting glimpse of how we're all interconnected.

To read about Viviana's story, click here, and don't miss her essay, along with a couple other inspiring essays, here.

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New Second Early Decision Deadline for Boston University

bubulldogMost seniors want to apply Early Decision in order to maximize their chances of getting into their dream school, but what if you're just not ready in the fall? Boston University has added a second Early Decision deadline this year, giving students the added advantage of committing to a school later on January 4. This is the same deadline as Boston University's Regular Admission deadline, but you will be notified of a decision sooner!

Students applying to the second Early Decision deadline will be notified of a decision on February 15 with a deposit due on March 1, while students applying Regular Admission will be notified late March/early April with a deposit due on May 1. Keep in mind that students applying to accelerated programs need to meet a November 15 deadline, and for scholarships, students must apply by December 1.

Go Terriers!

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Time to Focus on that Last Standardized Test

A feeling we all know...

A feeling we all know . . . but the more you can keep it in perspective, the better!

If you're like a lot of seniors interested in competitive schools, you're probably planning on increasing your chances of getting in by applying early to your top-choice school.  And that means that you are probably hoping to increase your standardized test scores by taking them one last time this fall... Students typically see their biggest jump in the fall of their senior year, so definitely make sure you're registered, and start reviewing those practice tests if you took the summer off.

If you're unsure whether to take the ACT or SAT, know that more students are now taking the ACT each year than the SAT, and that trend is likely to continue. With significant changes planned for the SAT test, it makes sense for students to want to stick with the more predictable option. To learn more interesting statistics about the ACT and SAT, click here.

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