Greetings from Princeton (and happy belated Mother's Day)!
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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
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...
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 rarely—if ever— are they all a good fit for the same student.