For the anon who was asking about my spread sheet that I mentioned in my latest article for The Prospect, here it is!

(And here’s the link to my article because I’m a shameless self promoter)

Anyway, the blue columns are safety, the green are match, and the red are reach schools. I haven’t done research for any financial specifics but everything else is up to date. And I was totally kidding when I said there was a column for each school’s proximity to Chipotle…I needed some humor through all this. 

Hope this helps!

Emotional experiences are ones that have changed your life in some way, even though they caused you grief. This includes parents divorcing, being bullied, having a loved one die, or enduring throug…

DUDE I SWEAR I SAW AN APPBLR ASK ABOUT THIS EXACTLY. It’s so freaking difficult to write about sensitive topics, but this article does a solid job of getting you started, especially when it comes to cranking out that Common App essay. Some highlights: 

  • Make sure to highlight how you overcame your struggles rather than focusing on how difficult the experience was. In other words, leave the pity-party for Tumblr haha. 
  • The author recommends avoiding topics like substance abuse, self-harm or mental illness. If you do decide to write about any of those, you should make sure your academic record reflects how far you’ve come since the incident/period. 
  • TAKE BREAKS. Can’t stress this enough. I wrote a few very emotional columns for my school newspaper this year, and I repeatedly had to step back and collect myself before I continued writing. 

Check out the article for more! Sorry if the influx of TP posts is annoying; since I started helping out on the TP Twitter account, I’ve found some gems and I can’t help but share ‘em. :)

Hundreds of thousands of students are taking AP and IB Courses, and the hardest part for many is preparing for the actual exam. While the AP and IB classes themselves are fairly different, preparin…

Hooray for studying!

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Write Drunk, Edit Sober - The Prospect

They probably posted this a while ago, but I’ve gotten so many asks about how to write application essays and this is says it perfectly, so if you’re curious and in need of assistance, watch!!

 Not every college you’re interested in will be in close proximity to where you live. Many times, it’s impossible to visit these schools before applying to them. Rather than giving up all hope, the…

I remember seeing this article last year and thinking it was the answer to my prayers. If you’re just getting started on researching schools or want some more ideas of how to get a feel for a campus, check this baby out. 

I’ll be honest: I was REALLY bad at applying for financial aid at first. Like, I let the papers sit on my desk for two months and then a week before it was due realized all the stuff I needed. Ther…

Make sure you figure out the little logistical issues so that your financial aid journey goes as smoothly as possible!

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I guess my school is just kind of oddly obsessed with colleges? Middle schoolers have a mandatory class dedicated to college readiness, where we map out our projected schedule for high school, build resumes, and begin our college search. We revisit that class a year later, where we learn about scholarships, college fit, and things of that nature. In our senior year, we again have a class dedicated to our college application process, where we finalize our resumes, work on college applications, and complete our senior project. 

Even if your school typically doesn’t introduce the admissions process to students until their senior year, I don’t think they would turn away a junior. You can talk to your guidance office and teachers for some more information! I had a meeting with my guidance counselor at least once a quarter to make sure I was on the right track for everything. They can get you up to date on scholarships, how much community service you should be doing, and when’s the best time to take those standardized tests.

Other than my school, I’ve learned a lot by talking to those who have gone through the process, whether it be reaching out to those who have graduated, my brother’s older friends, family members, or mentors. Asking for advice, tips, or mistakes they wish they wouldn’t have made can be really helpful! 

And of course, there’s all of appblr. There’s a lot of people who have gone through the process and are willing to answer any questions you have! (TheProspect, Collegeapp-Chick, College-Advice, and AdmissionsAddict are a great place to start). Likewise, there are a lot of previous appblrs who keep their blogs archived for future use (University-bound, Cliche-blog-title, and Fishingforcolleges: Julie’s posts are just a few).

As for websites that are like the collegeboard, there’s:

https://collegeprowler.com/

http://www.cappex.com/

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges

http://www.collegeweeklive.com/

And then there’s some plain old good websites like:

http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/college-admissions/ and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/college-admissions-process

http://www.fastweb.com/

http://theprospect.net/

http://www.meritaid.com/

http://www.finaid.org/

http://hscounselorweek.com/


That’s all I can really think of for now! Good luck! ^^

After months and months of learning new vocabulary words, memorizing math formulas, or practicing responses for different questions, you’re finally only a couple of days away from presenting your s…

For all of you freaking out about the June ACT, this article is super helpful! I used these tips the week before the SAT :) 

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COLLEGE HORROR STORIES: Worst. Sexile. Ever.
Video: How to Sexile With Class (a video for The Prospect)

This week on The Prospect I wrote an article about sexiling like a lady. It comes from my experiences with my roommate, and from talking to a lot of my friends.

From these conversations, I learned quite a few sexile horror stories.

What you should take from them? Be kind, be considerate, and know when to put your foot down.

Story 1:

A friend of mine wanted to have sex with his girlfriend, but his roommate (and another one of their friends) was in the room. They ended up in a sort of game of chicken, where the couple decided to start going at it, and the friends, thinking they would stop, started watching adventure time (very loudly). In their quests to win, nobody won.

Another horror story: Someone I know was in a triple freshman year where there was a bunk bed, and a loft bed.

So girl 1 (the one I know) was on the bottom bunk, and girl 2 was on the loft bed. Girl 3 enjoyed having a lot of sex, with multiple people, at the same time, while her roommates were still in the room, in bed (either under her or across from her).

Another one of my friends once told me that sexiles were stupid and “that’s what noise cancelling headphones are for” *shudder*

And, finally, I had a friend who lived in a triple with two other girls. She wanted her boyfriend to stay in the room every night. The other girls were not comfortable with it, but the roommate ignored them and tried to sneak him in after the other girls went to bed.

These are just some of the sexile horror stories I know.

So if your roommate is being unreasonable, don’t be afraid to go to a higher power (your RA) or ask for a room change.

But remember, no matter what side of the door you’re on, there are ways to do it with class.

Stay classy everyone.

As an appblr I just want to say that I agree with 99% of the prospect article including the negative things. Perfect communities don’t exist. This one is no exception and we must be open to criticism or we will never ever be able to grow.
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