College Essay Brainstorming Time!

by Todd Weaver on July 1, 2016

college essayClass of 2017,

You are now rising SENIORS!

It’s pretty normal to begin thinking about your college application and essays around this time of year. If not, you’ll start thinking about them soon! Before you know it, classes will be starting, fall sports will be underway and colleges will begin clamoring for your applications.

Trust me, it’s going to be a jam-packed 90 days through Thanksgiving, and it all begins in roughly 60 days!

I suppose this time crunch is why most students want help with their essays, especially if they are applying to selective colleges. I just took some time to do a Google search: “how to write a college essay.” It returned 57,200,000 results in less than a second! Google tends to be a pretty accurate indicator of interest level, so what you see here is that just about every student thinking about selective colleges is out there looking for help. Unfortunately, on the internet you will find the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s telling them apart takes more time than you have.

So, is there a solution to this glut of information for students who want good old fashioned straight talk about the best ways to apply to college and how best to construct a winning essay?

There sure is!

Strategies For College, Inc. (now in our 26th year) will be offering several “personal” workshops (as in, humans will be present!) that will get you started on your main essay and your Common Application, or Coaltion Application.

In three short hours you’ll have all the tools and insider information you need to write a stunning essay and to present your “true self” on the Common Application. Workshops will be offered in August at the following locations:

Hanover, NH
Woburn, MA
Newton, MA
Middlebury, VT
Rutland, VT
Shelburne, VT
South Burlington, VT

Click here to let us know the dates that work best for you, and we will finalize the sessions using the top responses.

The workshop is free to students who are signed up for Module 4 (Common Application and Essays), but registration is required. Please register early to get the time and location that is the most convenient to you.

Take the stress out of writing your essays and applying to college. Get better results! Come with questions, leave with more ideas and a whole lot more confidence. Guaranteed!

If you have already purchased “Module 4 there is no charge for the workshop.

If you have not yet purchasedModule 4” this is the time to take action.

If you do not plan to purchaseModule 4” you may attend one of the workshops for a discounted fee, payable in advance with your registration. And if you decide to purchase our full service “Module 4” after your workshop, we’ll give you full credit toward the fee.

That’s fair, isn’t it?

Click here to register.

Yours for college success, the Counselors at Strategies For College, Inc.




Hey Juniors! Get Teacher Recommendations!

by Todd Weaver on May 12, 2016

Time to get going!If you have ever wished that you could turn the tables on your teachers and assign them homework, now is your chance!


If you have not already done so, it’s time for you to request teacher recommendation(s) that will accompany your college applications.   Students are sometimes tempted to leave this part of the process until the fall of their senior year, but that leaves very little time for teachers to complete the recommendations, particularly when confronted with application deadlines as early as October 15th.


Here are a couple of things to know before you ask a teacher:


  • The best recommendation is not necessarily going to come from the teacher who gave you the best grades. Sometimes, a better recommendation can come from a teacher in a class in which you have struggled.  That teacher can then comment on things like your academic drive and perseverance…or other person qualities that college admissions offices love to see.


  • Ideally, recommendations will come from teachers of your “core” academic subjects. Typically this means teachers of Math, English, Science or History, and sometimes languages. It is also important to check with the colleges that you are interested in to see if they require recommendations from specific teachers for some specific majors.


  • Whenever possible, provide your recommenders with an “Activity Resume”. This is a list of the clubs and organizations you have participated in as a high school student as well as academic honors, volunteer experiences and employment.  This enables a teacher to put their classroom experience with you into the overall context of your academic and extracurricular life.


This is a big part of how the colleges view a student’s competitive position in the applicant pool. Remember, the “best” (and/or favorite) teachers at your school are often asked to write many recommendation so don’t get shut out.  Go see them…this week!

This post is presented by admissions specialist MaryPat St. Jean.



The Dreaded Waitlist! What to do.

March 29, 2016

Tweet Tweet You’ve been offered space on the waitlist! Ummm, congratulations? Statistics for being selected off a waitlist, are often miniscule. So much so, that many people think the Waitlist is the “other way” a college is telling you that you’re better off elsewhere. For example, last year’s numbers at Trinity College in Connecticut: Wait […]

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