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What Extracurricular Activities Look Best for College?

March 05, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

Have you ever asked yourself what extracurricular activities would look best for colleges? If so, this is not the question you want to be asking. Extracurricular activities should be interesting, stimulating, invigorating, and challenging, among other attributes. If you are participating in certain extracurricular activities because you think they'll look good for college, then STOP. Quite simply, that's a waste of time and energy, and it gives colleges a false sense of who you are and what's important to you.

Alternatives To Taking The SAT

March 04, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

As more American colleges and universities attempt to discern critical personality traits within their applicants—including leadership, persistence, and initiative—many colleges are now offering options to answer questions in place of the SAT.

What Personality Traits Do Colleges Want?

March 04, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

It’s common to second-guess whether you have the attributes that a college wants, especially because it’s not obvious what attributes colleges find to be the most desirable. Until now.

Applying for College Scholarships

March 04, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

Since many college scholarship deadlines are in early February, January is the month to apply for scholarships. Applying for scholarships is a great way to significantly decrease college costs, and the time it takes now can have a big payoff for the next four years. In addition, scholarships look great on your resume as they signal to colleges and employers that you are ambitious, prudent, and proactive.

Early Decision, Early Action, and Regular Admission: What Should I Choose?

March 04, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

You've probably heard the terms Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) several times as you've looked through college brochures, surfed the admissions websites of the colleges you're considering, and talked to your guidance counselor and friends. But are you clear exactly what they mean, what their differences are, and when you should apply ED, EA, or Regular admission?