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May 12, 2021

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Hi friends,

Greetings from Princeton (and happy belated Mother's Day)!

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Upcoming Events


πŸŽ“Getting into the College of Your Choice

In this webinar and Q&A our own Nikki Bruno will present: an overview of the college admissions process, what it takes to be a competitive applicant at Ivy League and other selective colleges, tips on choosing a best-fit college, and how to maximize your financial aid (Intro video from Nikki on IG)

Date: Thursday, May 13 at 7 PM ET.

This 1-hour event is co-sponsored by the Fort Lee (NJ) public library. Register here


πŸš€College Admissions Launchpad (9th and 10th graders + parents)

Hosted by Peter and myself, this intensive 5-hour virtual workshop addresses every element of the college preparation and application process.

Each topic we cover provides information that will enable you to start making academic, extracurricular, and many other decisions associated with preparing for the future college admissions process with confidence. 


Date: Saturday, June 13 at 10 AM ET (limited spots available)


For more info: Schedule a 30-min intro call with Peter



✍️College Essay Gold


Last night we presented a college essay seminar to students from our partner organization UPchieve. The session was all about how to dig beneath the surface to find the most meaningful material for their personal statements.

Ernest Hemingway once said, "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." Like him, many students face the tyranny of the blank page (or screen) when beginning their college essay.

It's true that choosing a topic that aligns with your overarching application strategy is a difficult step, but starting to write doesn't need to be as painful as Hemingway implies.

To be successful, you need to understand that writing a compelling essay is a process.  So don't let yourself get paralyzed by wanting to have the perfect topic nailed down before beginning to write. Instead: Follow these 4 Steps




A few more things...


  • ⏳Waiting Game: Colleges are using their waitlists aggressively. This was a happening before the pandemic, but now, with even more uncertainty regarding their yield rates, the trend has accelerated. The probability of admissions off those waitlists can vary widely.  Here’s what UCLA and other UCs say about the chances of being selected.


  • πŸ€”Ivy League and Its Discontents: Daniel Markovits, a professor at Yale Law School and author of The Meritocracy Trap, takes a hard look at the state of college admissions. This Atlantic article explores the societal problems associated with highly selective colleges as well as some of the potential benefits for the individuals who attend them. 


  • 🍦Campus Visits: Last week I had lunch with Moira McCullough and Mark Greenquist of College Scoops. We were a few blocks from NYU, but they gave me an update on all the cool stuff they are doing with their interactive guides of where to stay, what to eat, and how to best explore numerous campuses around the country. Check out one of their sample guides!


Trivia: "Ivy League" is a term often used as a metonymy for highly selective (some say highly rejective) colleges. In reality it's a sports league made up of the 8 schools represented below. Each one is unique and rarelyβ€”if everβ€” are they all a good fit for the same student. 

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