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What does being a D1 player mean?

Hey guys! I've heard people talking about being a 'D1 player' in sports, but I'm not exactly sure what that means. Is it just about the level of skill, or is there more to it, such as scholarships and …

3 months ago

Expanding High-Level Vocabulary for Essays

I'm working on my college essays and I want to improve my vocab to make my writing stand out. Any suggestions on how to incorporate high-level vocabulary or resources to expand my lexicon?

3 months ago

Stanford GPA Recalculation?

Hey everyone, I heard that some colleges recalculate your GPA based on their own standards. Does Stanford do this? If so, does anyone know their methodology or what factors they consider?

3 months ago

BU Guaranteed Transfer FAQ?

Hey everyone, I received a guaranteed transfer offer from Boston University, and I'm a little confused about the process. Can anyone familiar with the BU guaranteed transfer system help me with some o …

3 months ago

Difference between degree program and major?

I'm a bit confused about the differences between a degree program and a major. Can someone help clarify this for me? I'd really like to understand the distinctions as I start researching colleges and …

3 months ago

Is it possible to appeal Boston University's admission decision?

Just got my decision from BU, and I was unfortunately denied admission. I really had my heart set on this school. Is there any chance for me to appeal the decision? If so, what's the process and do yo …

3 months ago

PSAT Grammar Tips?

So, the PSAT is coming up and I'm feeling a little stressed about the grammar section. Anyone got any useful tips to share? I could use some advice to ace it. Thanks!

3 months ago

GPA scale: 4 or 5?

Quick question: Is GPA usually measured on a 4.0 or 5.0 scale? I've heard both and I just want some clarification.

3 months ago

Improving Chances with a 2.94 GPA?

I currently have a 2.94 GPA, and I'm nervous about my chances of getting into college. What can I do to improve my chances, like joining extracurriculars or focusing on great essays? Any advice would …

3 months ago

Spanish 3: How challenging can it be?

Hello! I'm going to take Spanish 3 next year, and I want to know how hard it is compared to the previous Spanish classes? Any tips on how to excel in the class? Gracias!

3 months ago

What to include in Boston University's additional information section?

Hey everyone, I'm working on my BU application and I came across the 'Additional Information' section. I was wondering, what kind of stuff should I include here? Are there any dos and don'ts?

3 months ago

Writing a Biographical Sketch about Myself

Hey all, I've been asked to write a biographical sketch about myself for a program I'm applying to. Can you guys share any tips, resources, or examples? I've never written one before and I'm not sure …

3 months ago

How important are the supplemental essays for Florida State?

Hi there! I'm planning to apply to Florida State and was wondering how important the supplemental essays are for their admissions process. What kind of impact do they have on my chances?

3 months ago

Taking IB and AP simultaneously?

I was curious if anyone has experience taking both IB and AP courses at the same time? Is it manageable, or would you recommend choosing one or the other? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

3 months ago

Effect of a Suspension on College Applications?

Ugh, I messed up and got a suspension. Does this go on my record? How will it impact my college applications? Anyone have experience with this or advice to mitigate the potential negatives?

3 months ago

Notable MIT alumni?

Hey everyone, I'm looking into MIT as one of my top choices and I'm super curious about the experiences of some successful alumni. Can anyone list a few notable alumni from MIT and their accomplishmen …

3 months ago

Johns Hopkins SAT Superscoring

I'm planning on applying to Johns Hopkins University and was wondering if anyone knows if they superscore the SAT? This could help me decide which test scores to send. Thanks!

3 months ago

Taking precalculus over the summer—any advice?

I want to take precalculus over the summer to get ahead in my math studies. Has anyone done this before, and if so, any tips? Is it manageable and worth it?

3 months ago

Gaming as a hobby

What's up, guys? I'm currently trying to build my college app resume, and I have a question: Does gaming count as a legitimate hobby to include in my application? I just want to emphasize my passion f …

3 months ago

Common App Essay Format: Best examples?

Hey friends! I've been trying to find some good examples of how to format my Common App essay. I'm not sure whether I should use a specific format or if there's a standard one to follow. If anyone has …

3 months ago
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