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Good Questions #2

The second of three good questions I recently received and my answer. 2. Almost all the colleges have essays asking how can i contribute to their college culture and what all i have done to know about the program. Looking at the question, it seems like they are looking for some specific answers. Can you give me some data ... Read More »

Good questions #1

I’ve been exchanging e-mails with an applicant and I thought his questions were good in that a lot of people ask them. Over the next few days I’ll be posting his e-mail questions and my answers. If you have questions, do shoot me an e-mail. 1. How much difference it makes when an international student applies in the second ... Read More »

Latest Questions

We’ve been steadily adding to our list of available essay questions as well. Whenever possible, we’ve included links back to the original sources. Latest addition: UCLA. All the questions are here. Read More »


We’ve been compiling application deadlines in a PDF format with links back to the original sources. I’ve always found it helpful to have these all in one place. The latest list will be available tomorrow. If you’d like a copy, please send me an e-mail. (For my clients, I’ll send you the latest version periodically.) We’re also adding them as ... Read More »

Gangsters, Drag Queens & Hookers

A story: a few years ago I had a client. He was a good client, as almost all of my clients are. Nice guy. Strong test scores. Not an outstanding career history, but he showed solid advancement at his company and, more importantly, he showed a willingness to go beyond his basic job duties and the necessary skills to succeed ... Read More »