Make Your Next Four Years in College a Success

First-year college students are beginning to settle in. We wish you the best of luck on your college career. But, we also want you to be a wise scholar! Today, a college degree is not all that is needed for a successful future. You next four years in college should be a time of study and learning, but you should consider more.

Here is some advice for college students to use their time as best they can:
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How to Write to the Fifth Common Application College Essay Prompt

The last, or fifth prompt, on the Common Application you can choose to write to for your personal college essay is below:

Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


The first step in preparing to write for this prompt is to choose the event or accomplishment. What you must think about is an event, or accomplishment, that has helped you grow as a person. Growth is usually about change, mostly for the good, so you must identify what caused that growth. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Write to the Fourth Essay Prompt on the Common Application

The fourth choice you have on the Common Application for your college essay follows:
Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?

Many students like this prompt because most have a favorite spot or a refuge from the stresses of life. This prompt can also refer to imaginary places and to general surroundings, that is, types of settings, not one specific place.
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3 Ways to Celebrate High School or College Graduation

Graduation is a time to celebrate current accomplishments as well as the promise of the future. Unfortunately, the weeks leading up to the commencement ceremony can be incredibly stressful, especially for high school students studying for AP exams and college students preparing for the LSAT, the MCAT, or other graduate work.
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Let’s Look at the Third Common Application Essay Prompt

The third essay choice for college applicants on the Common Application is about a challenge of an idea you have had or a belief you have held. Here it is:

Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

This question is vague, but do not let it intimidate you. Think of it as an opportunity to write about almost anything! What you write about could be personal or world-shattering. For example, in your personal realm, you might wonder why you are asked to make your bed every day. On the world stage you may have questioned why world peace doesn’t seem achievable.
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Tax Breaks for Recent College Graduates

You have just graduated from college and have your first full-time job. You are actually making money. But, you are also paying taxes. As a recent graduate, you can reduce the amount of taxes you have to pay on your first real wages with these tax hints.
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Common Application Prompt #1: How to Write the College Essay

Here is the first prompt on the Common Application for you to choose to respond to for your 650 word college application essay:
Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

This prompt is wide-open, giving any writer the great opportunity to write almost anything she or he chooses, no restrictions. However, this prompt is also scary. It is so open and so vague that its lack of direction can really stymie an applicant.

So let’s look at some important words in the prompt to get you started, to unfreeze you. Those words are: [your] application would be incomplete without it.

What do the words in the prompt imply?
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Tips that Can Help you get Admitted to College



College acceptance rates are as low as 6%, not a high percentage! This is probably due to the huge numbers of students who are now applying to college. So how can you improve your chances for college admission?

Here are a few simple but effective tips that help you get admitted to college.

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Need Help with the ACT?

The ACT is different from the SAT. Wrong answers do not count against you in ACT scoring. For this reason you want to answer every question to raise the possibility of right answers for higher scoring. That means you must get through the whole test. But, the test is long. There are 60 questions on the math section, and you have 60 minutes to complete this section–only one minute per question. The English section has 75 questions that have to be completed in 45 minutes!

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The College Essay: Prompt #2 on the Common Application

There are five prompts offered for your choice on the Common Application. You must select one to write to. One of the best prompts to choose is prompt # 2: Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?


All college essays are personal essays. Of course, colleges want you to write an essay so they can assess your writing ability. However, there is another very important goal colleges have in asking applicants to write a personal essay and that goal is to learn about you above and beyond all the data you have submitted on the rest of your college application: grades, coursework, recommendations, test scores, honors and awards, etc. They want to understand who you are and how you might fit in their college community.

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How to do an Athletic Recruiting Video for your College Applications

A recruiting or highlight video can help get a college coach’s attention. This in turn can help you get a college admission and even an athletic scholarship. But, a poor video can also take a shot right into the trash barrel.

Here is some advice about making a good recruiting video:
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