Category - High School

University of Rochester

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Never-Ending High School
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Making High School Meaningful: Part Three
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Making High School Meaningful: Part Two
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Fighting Senioritis
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Making High School Meaningful: Part One
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COLLEGE! Where are you?!?!
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High School: Rochester. College: Uhhhh… Rochester?
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Mythbusting: The College Search
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Seven College Admissions Essays You Shouldn’t Write: Part Two
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Seven College Admissions Essays You Shouldn’t Write: Part One

Making High School Meaningful: Part Three

Find your cocurricular passions. Do the things that are important to you, not the things you think are important to an admissions office. At times I am asked, “Do you think this particular experience will be helpful for me to get into your university?” This question points to a student who is thinking through an[…]

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Making High School Meaningful: Part Two

We pay attention to rigor when we review your high school transcript. Your high school transcript is one of the most important documents in your application for admission. Strong grades (which don’t always include A’s, by the way) give admissions officers an idea of your ability to handle academic challenges, a key to success in[…]

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Fighting Senioritis

As defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, senioritis is “an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades.” Sound familiar? I see it in my friends and other students in my class of 333 seniors. It is getting close to April and slowly but surely, students are suffering[…]

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Making High School Meaningful: Part One

All four years of high school are important. You may have heard the widespread rumor that your junior year is your most important year. In reality, admissions officers scour your high school transcript, 9th grade through 12th grade. We look at your courses, the level of difficulty, and your grades in an attempt to understand[…]

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High School: Rochester. College: Uhhhh… Rochester?

Some might say that I am crazy for going to college in the same city that I went to high school in. “Why wouldn’t you want to get far away? See the world? Try something new?” I have been asked these questions by teachers, friends, even family. But with a university as well-known as the[…]

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Mythbusting: The College Search

Myth #1: Everyone, on any given college campus, knew their specific college was the right place for them as early as the day they applied. Myth #2: When you walk onto the college campus that is right for you, “You’ll just know, you’ll get that feeling.” Call the Discovery Channel and get me a spot[…]

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Seven College Admissions Essays You Shouldn’t Write: Part Two

[Part 1] Here are a few more examples of common essays that fall short of their potential impact. Essay Topic #5: Immigrating to the U.S. / Adopting a New Culture Every immigrant struggles to learn a new language and culture. These barriers alone don’t tell us much that’s unique about you. Get to the heart[…]

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Seven College Admissions Essays You Shouldn’t Write: Part One

A strong essay can be a definite advantage in making your application stand out from the crowd. Not only will it help you get noticed at the start of the review process, but in the decision homestretch, admissions counselors will fight for students they’ve come to love through their essays. Yet writing a good essay[…]

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