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The Essay That Got Me Into Stanford

Below is the unedited essay that Meka Este-Mcdonald, founder of JoKno and recent Stanford grad, submitted to Stanford where he was subsequently accepted. Simply put, this is an essay that got a student into Stanford. To view our blog post on Meka’s 3 insider tips on how to get into Stanford, click here. Meka is a recent Stanford grad. Below is the essay that got him in.   Oracle of the Palm I looked down at my hand, a palm of blood. I am surprised, almost affronted. Things like this cannot happen to me. Hand-eye coordination was the problem of someone else− I was the four-square champ, a freshman varsity point guard, a leader in steals for my team due to the speed of my reflexes....

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Creating a College Application Calendar

Creating a college application calendar will make the admission process easier and give you your best chance at being accepted to your favorite college. Here are a few tips that can help you get started planning your college application process. Start early – Some students plan for college from day one of their high school careers, by taking AP courses and participating in extracurricular activities. By your junior year, you should make sure that you are taking classes that will prepare you for your time in college. Talk to you guidance counselor – one of the most valuable resources a student has available is the use of your high school guidance counselor. They have the experience...

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Focus on: Personal Essay Question 5 – A Transitional Moment

Guest Blog Series by Katrina Oko-Odoi: Writing your College Admissions Essay for the New Common Application  Focus on: Personal Essay Question 5 – A Transitional Moment In past posts, we’ve addressed how the new changes to the 2014 Common Application will affect you, and we’ve taken a look at essay questions one through four. Today we focus on the final Common App essay – question number five. The Basics: –Keep it unique. Originality is key if you want to set yourself apart from the crowd. –Shoot for around 500 words on your first draft. After thorough edits and additions, you’ll likely be closer to the 650 word limit. -Remember, your essay is a supplement to the rest...

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It’s Not Too Late to Strengthen Your College Application Essays

College application essays are one of the most dreaded – and most important – parts of a college application. In order to help ApplyKit users make sure their college application essays stand out, our partner EditingWorm is offering huge discounts to ApplyKit users on essay evaluations – for ONE WEEK ONLY. Here are more details on the offer: SINGLE ESSAY – $20 (Normally $50) Best for students who only need 1 or 2 essays edited Ideal for those with only scholarship essays Services include proofreading for grammatical errors, spelling errors, and typos, as well as in-depth editing for structural and wording changes 48-hour turnaround MULTI ESSAY – $100 (Normally $200) Most...

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How to Get Into an Ivy League School

Ivy League schools are fussy about who they admit. After all, they are some of the most prestigious schools in the country, if not the world, and they are now even more difficult than ever to get accepted into, due to the huge rise in the number of applicants brought about by online applications. You may not have a perfect GPA or a long list of accomplishments in extracurricular activities. But, that does not mean that you can’t get into an Ivy League school. The most important thing you can do to get into such an institution is to take challenging courses in high school, especially college-prep courses. Doing well in an advanced course will mean more to an Ivy League recruiter than excelling...

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5 Tips to a Successful College Application Process
A watch on a book.

The best way to help ensure a successful college application process is through proper time management.
Public domain photo, by Bartosz Kossakowski.

Applying for college takes a concerted effort from students, parents, and college administrators. Managing it all can seem overwhelming at times. However, here are 5 tips to keep in mind to help you organize your college application process.

1) Plan ahead – The earlier you begin the each part of the process, the more time you will have to complete each task.

2) Take your SAT and/or ACT early – Sit { } for a SAT and/or an ACT exam before your senior year, if possible. If you feel you need to raise your score, you can try again early in your senior year.


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What Part of a College Application Matters Most?

The best thing you can do to get into your favorite college is to study hard in high school. There are many different parts of a college application that need to be considered when applying for schools. There is the application itself, including the essays, which students either love or dread. There is also the interview and recommendations from counselors and teachers to consider. This makes many students wonder which part(s) of the application are most important, and given the most weight by schools. The simple, hard truth is that nothing matters more to admissions officers than grades earned in college preparatory courses. Second to that in importance is the difficulty of the courses you...

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How Long Does the College Admission Process Take to Complete?

Waiting for the college application process can seem like it is taking years. Public domain photo by George Hodan. Applying for college can can be a long and arduous process. There are many different tasks in the college admissions process that you will need to complete in order to have the best possible chance to get into your first choice of colleges. Students often question how long it takes to complete the process of applying for colleges. Part of the answer to that question is that there is no way to tell. It often depends how you define the question. One of the earliest things you will want to do is to take a Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in the Fall of either your sophomore...

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A Parent’s Guide to Early Applications

The college application process can be a long, daunting task. There are forms which need to be filled out, exams for your child to take, and a significant amount of financial aid paperwork. Just like any long task, the earlier you start your work, the easier it will be. Not only that, but starting the college application process early on with your children gives them the best chance of being awarded scholarships, grants, and other assistance with paying for college. The best thing you can do for your child is to get them into advanced placement (AP) courses throughout their high school career. Colleges weigh the difficulty of courses heavily in their decision-making process. Make sure your...

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What role do Guidance Counselors Play in Applying to College?

Consulting with a guidance counselor during the college application process can save you a lot of frustration.Public domain photo by Petr Kratochvil  As a student applying to college, you will often hear advice to take full advantage of the services your guidance counselor can provide. For those of you who may wonder what a guidance counselor does during this process, here is a quick rundown. First, your counselor will be the one who will send your high school transcripts to the colleges to which you apply. Perhaps the most important resource your counselor provides is their wealth of experience and contacts. Working with colleges all over the country gives high school guidance counselors valuable...

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