2013-2014 Common App Essay Questions Released

Not sure what all the hype was about? Read more here!

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Mistakes to Avoid On the Common App

Great quick article by Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz via HuffPost. Not sure how common these mistakes are, but they are certainly avoidable.

In short she notes:

1. MISTAKING A DOWNLOADABLE, PRINTABLE PDF APPLICATION FORM FOR THE ONLINE APPLICATION

2. FORGETTING TO SAVE YOUR IN-PROCESS APPLICATION

3. USING INCOMPATIBLE BROWSERS OR OPERATING SYSTEMS

4. UNDER-REPORTING OR UNDER-EXPLAINING HONORS AND ACTIVITIES

Read the full article here.

Four-Year Public College Tuition Continues to Rise

Four out of the five that made it on to the top-five list are western states – California, Arizona, Nevada, and Washington. Just another reason why bigger (and public) isn’t always better or, more so now than ever, more affordable.  Though public college tuition for the most part is still less for in-state students, with increased competitiveness within the in-state market (especially in states like California) looking out of state, at both public and smaller private institutions, is becoming an increasingly more viable option.

Read more about rising tuition costs here.

Flumoxed by Failure – or Focused?

Failure, unfortunately, is just part of life. We will not achieve all we set out to in the time frame in which we wish to achieve it, and you know what? It’s OK.  Successful people, as this article notes, overcome their unsuccessful moments. Playing a big part in this effort is their attitude and perception; it’s really all about perspective and believing in yourself.