What is the Additional Information Essay and Who Needs to Write it?

By Gregg Cohen

Most students know that they will need to write one big college essay for their applications. But, sometimes the additional essays can come as a surprise.  One option on the Common Application and Coalition Application is for students to write an “Additional Information Essay.” It’s worded as such on the Common Application: “Do you wish to…

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Apply Right Staff Profile: Erika Murphy

By Gregg Cohen

Erika Murphy is a College Counselor with Apply Right. Learn more about her in this Staff Profile.   BS, Bridgewater State College MEd, Salem State University   Erika is a licensed professional school counselor and has worked as a guidance counselor in the high school setting since 2012.   In Her Own Words: My Approach “Over…

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Students Come First

By Gregg Cohen

It’s becoming common knowledge that teenagers are more stressed than ever.  A recent study determined that nearly 50% of high school students who attend rigorous high schools feel a great deal of stress on a daily basis. (You can find that study here) Additionally, The National Association of Mental Illness reports that 1 in 4…

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Just Write: Advice About The College Essay

By Gregg Cohen

It’s true that, as colleges are focusing less on standardized tests (ACT and SAT) to influence admission decisions, they are focusing more on subjective things like the activity resume, recommendations and essays.  You can find more information about the resume here, and more information about recommendations here. However, the importance of the college essay can…

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Community Service: It’s Important to Give Back

By Gregg Cohen

You may have heard that college applicants should create an activity resume, and we discussed it a bit in this previous blog. It’s important to note that community service should always be a category on your activity list for two main reasons: 1. It looks good to colleges. 2. Because it’s just a good thing…

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Advice From Inside: What Rising Seniors Can Do Over the Summer

By Gregg Cohen

As part of our Advice From Inside series, where I ask our amazing staff of college counselors and former college admission counselors to share their knowledge with student and parents, this time I asked… “What can rising seniors do over the summer to make their fall less stressful?”

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College Life: An Important Balance of Work Hard/ Play Hard

By Gregg Cohen

There is a saying when talking about colleges and universities that it’s nice when they have a “work hard, play hard” mix. If you think academics are the only thing that happens in college, you’re wrong. For traditional students, academics certainly come first, but the social aspect of college is a close second.

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The One Word That Can Make a Big Difference

By ShawnB

Leadership is the action of leading others. When underclass high school students ask me the ways in which they can make their college application stronger, one consistent piece of advice I offer is to display leadership.   Why it’s important: Colleges look for students who display leadership experience and potential for a simple reason: if…

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Advice From Admission Counselors: Teacher Recommendations

By Gregg Cohen

Apply Right counselors have decades of admissions experience. From time to time, we like to tap into that experience to provide you with the inside scoop.  This week we asked them to finish the following sentence… “The best teacher recommendation is one that…”

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