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The AMCAS Essay: A Killer Anecdote

By Don Willard + updated on April 9th, 2018

There are a few things to remember about killer anecdotes: 1. If you do not know whether or not you have one, you do not have one. 2. If you have been told that you have one (by someone other than an admissions officer), you still may not have one. 3. If you are sure [...]

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Do You Want To Fit In Or Stand Out?

By Barbara Dressel + updated on March 29th, 2018

International students add valuable diversity to a university, enriching the experience of other students on campus. Schools with a strong global presence often have a wealth of cultural groups and events, allowing international students an opportunity to share their food, music, and traditions with their classmates. But first you must decide if you want to [...]

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Celebrate Your Cultural Differences While You Learn About Your Similarities

By Barbara Dressel + updated on March 28th, 2018

It is often difficult for international students to know what to write for their personal statement for US universities. My advice is to write about what you know best:  your dreams and goals. Cultural diversity is a major factor in the composition of many university classrooms, so celebrate your differences while you tell the reader [...]

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Adventures of an International Student

By Barbara Dressel + updated on March 28th, 2018

I originally planned to address this post just to international students who were considering attending  universities in the US. I soon realized many of my comments applied to American students who planned to study outside the US as well as to international students who wanted to pursue their education in the UK, Canada, and elsewhere [...]

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Writing College Admissions Personal Statements

By Donald Scott Jeffries + updated on March 23rd, 2018

When applying to undergraduate programs, writing the personal statement can be one of the most daunting aspects of the process. It is also one of the most important, because it is your best opportunity to demonstrate who you are as a person, helping to humanize you in a manner that the other aspects of the [...]

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The Common Application Essays: #5

By Ryan Hickey + updated on September 30th, 2015

In the final installment of our five part series on the Common App prompts, we take a closer look at the fifth option.

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The Common Application Essays: #4

By Ryan Hickey + updated on September 14th, 2015

For the fourth installation of our series on the Common App prompts, we’ll evaluate one of the most intellectually challenging – yet exciting – prompts.

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