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UC schools will be sending admissions letters VERY soon. Best wishes, seniors!!!

Here are the release dates for each UC school.

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Got Senioritis?

Wanna know how this:

can earn you one of these:

even AFTER YOU’VE BEEN ACCEPTED TO A COLLEGE?

Then THIS POST is for you. 

(Even better, we’ll tell you how to avoid such a fate.)

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"I’m a junior and it’s February. WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING right now?”

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prematureventricularpalpitations asked:
My parents' W2 forms aren't released until January 31st, and they can't do their taxes without them. How can I fill out financial aid forms by the February 1st deadline if my parents can't get their taxes finished until the 31st? Should we just estimate using last year's numbers, or turn it in after the deadline?

uchicagoadmissions:

The Feb. 1 deadline is a “soft” deadline for the FAFSA, so don’t worry if it is a bit late. Make sure to turn it in as soon as possible once your parents have their W2s, but it doesn’t make sense to do it before then— your aid package will only be accurate if you use the correct numbers from this year. Don’t worry, we maintain the ability to fully consider you for aid even if it comes in after the stated deadline— it’s just a deadline to keep in mind rather than a requirement!



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HOW MUCH DO COLLEGE INTERVIEWS REALLY MATTER?

There’s an old story about a holy man who used to carry a piece of paper in each pocket. The paper in one pocket read, “You are the dust of the earth” and the paper  in the other pocket read, “You are the reason The Maker created the Earth.” 

I tell this story to my students the week before the SAT to put things into perspective.

“The SAT is a really important opportunity,” I tell them. “Or, it’s not that important at all.” Some students laugh at this point, some look confused. Then I might say something like, “Sure, your SAT score may have something to do with which college you’ll get into, but most of you in this room are going to go to some great college and go on to lead long and fulfilling lives and when at the end of those lives you are on your deathbed taking stock of all you’ve been and done, I hope (dear God I hope) and expect that the issue foremost in your mind will not be your SAT score. If it is, then society, your parents and I have failed you. There is much more to life than the SAT.”

It’s a lesson for life.

The lesson also applies to the college admissions interview, which is on my mind this week because I’m getting emails from students that say things like, “I have an interview with Yale in three days and idk what to do! Help!!!”

In Part One of this two-part post I’ll offer some evidence suggesting the interview may not be as important as you think, or important for the reasons you think.

In Part Two I’ll outline a three-step approach for how to prep for the interview because either the interview is important or it doesn’t matter how important it is because you’ve got an interview in like three days and you need help, like stat!

Full disclosure: I’m an alumni interviewer for Northwestern, so my information (and biases) come from this perspective. Being an alumni interviewer means I know a little bit about how interviews go, but since I’ve never worked in the Northwestern admissions office, I don’t how much weight NU accords to the interview. And no, I can’t (and won’t) get you into Northwestern.

:)

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Caltech | Caltech Pranksters Strike BCS Title Game at the Rose Bowl

Oh snap

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5 Things I'd Tell My High School Self

theprospectblog:

This article is awesome.

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theparisreview:

The American Dialect Society—how do we join?—has voted “because” the word of the year. They chose “because” because “because” “exploded with new grammatical possibilities in informal online use.”

For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

BECAUSE GRAMMAR

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bowieonthebelafonte:

When i was 10, I sent a letter to Lemony Snicket. I didn’t receive a personal reply, but I got one of these. 7 years later I realized that there’s a message formed out of the missing letters. 

COOOOOOOOL

(Source: captainthomasgregson)

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Make it a great one

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It’s the first day of Elite Winter SAT Boot Camp! A warm welcome to all our new students!

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