Creating a Compelling Application Theme with Aja

Recorded Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 11:00 PM

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As applications to elite colleges' volume continues to be at an all-time high, it's becoming increasingly difficult for applicants to stand out from the crowd. Creating a cohesive application theme is the first step in planning out your admission strategy to optimize your chances of admissions.

Join Aja Altenhof as she walks you through crafting a strong application theme that will impress admissions officers. Don't miss this chance to get the inside scoop on the college admissions process. Our chat will also be open so that you can ask Aja all of your admissions-related questions and get answers live!


Aja Altenhof

University of Pennsylvania
I went to the University of Pennsylvania (C’ 21) where I double majored in Linguistics & Cognitive Science and graduated magna cum laude. Currently, I'm working towards a Masters in the Evolution of Language and Cognition at the University of Edinburgh! I've been working professionally in college advising for four years. I emphasize a holistic approach to advising. I'm here to guide my students through every step of the process, from creating the perfect school list and admissions narrative, through submission and finally, interview prep. I have extensive experience teaching both the SAT and ACT allowing for the seamless pairing of tutoring and admissions guidance. Finally, as someone who studies and writes about language for a living, I am a precise and effective editor. There is nothing more satisfying than helping students manifest the best possible version of their writing, and themselves, for their applications!
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Undergrad College: University of Pennsylvania '2021

Major: Linguistics, Cognitive Science

Graduate College: University of Edinburgh

Work Experience: Throughout my advising career, I’ve helped tons of students craft their perfect admissions narrative, nail their interviews, maximize their standardized test scores and ultimately, gain acceptance to their dream schools! During undergrad, I worked as an RA in two research labs, culminating in published work, in addition to serving as a near-peer public speaking coach. I am currently completing my MSc in Evolution of Language and Cognition at the University of Edinburgh.

My Admissions Story: As a low-income student, I had no idea how to approach college admissions. I remember looking at the sticker prices for the schools I was interested in and worrying that college might not actually be for me. Fortunately, I was able to find my way, navigating the complex process of admissions and aid. I’m so excited to be in a position to help other students who feel as I once did.

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