College Applications

Just Be Yourself

“Just be yourself” – arguably the most cliché, most useless, and most frustrating piece of “advice” handed out on a day-to-day basis. But if it’s so useless, why do we hear it constantly when setting out for first dates, readying for interviews, or sitting down to start that all-important college essay?

A majority of college applicants know that the amount of time a reviewer spends poring over college applications is infinitesimal, so why bother? Regardless of the impressive awards you’ve spent your high school career amassing, to the person reviewing your file, you’re nothing more than a slip of paper – that is, until you differentiate yourself.

But is there such a thing as going too far – sure, every great joke can be ruined with poor delivery, but can every terrible joke be redeemed with a hilarious rendition? Are there experiences that are just so flat out boring and unimportant that, even with the proper storytelling, fall flat in a college essay setting?

My freshman year of high school, an admissions officer came to our school to do a presentation on how to write a college essay. After some basic tips and what to include, he ended the presentation by reading a few examples of his favorite essays. While I can’t recall the exact topics of the first two essays he read, they were wonderfully written and both told compelling stories. The third one, which left a permanent imprint on my mind, was about a three-year-old boy on a quest for his lost shoe. Despite the ridiculous pretense, I was hooked. By the time the lector was finished, the child-like and colorful layers of the essay had fallen away to reveal a surprisingly deep message. Not only did the essay demonstrate the applicant’s eagerness to explore and problem-solve, but its novelty and presentation kept me entertained. It was simultaneously the most fun and most meaningful essay I had heard in my life.

The college essay is the chance to show to the college admissions officer not only that you’ve done the preparation for college, but also how it has impacted you as a person and how you’ve grown and benefitted from having that experience. The college essay is an opportunity to tell that story from a personal lens. For example, loads of people have been skydiving, but not everyone conquered their fear of heights and have used that experience to challenge their fears, break new ground, and etc… (you get the idea). Even though people may experience similar circumstances, the way that they approach the situation and what they take away makes them stand out – and that’s exactly what the college officers want to see.

2018-08-01T19:05:10+00:00

Brand New Presentation Coming March 15!

Choose the right college, for the right reasons

Why are you going to college?  Why do you want to go to a particular college?

Join Sybil Gohari, PhD, founder of Admissions Company, for a presentation that will help you create a better college plan. Dr. Gohari will demonstrate the tools and skills you need to draw your own roadmap to college. Whether you’re hoping to be a doctor, a lawyer, an astronaut; whether you dream of the stars in the sky, the stars in Hollywood, or the New York Times bestseller list, there’s a degree out there from a particular college that can serve as the foundational platform from which you can launch your future.

Dr. Gohari will demo the Admissions Company’s proprietary Odds Calculator, which helps high schools students determine their chances of admission to college, starting as early as their freshman year. The Odds Calculator is available, free of charge, by going to this link: https://tools.admissions.company/

Dr. Sybil Gohari is an entrepreneur and educator who founded Admissions Company to help college and graduate school applicant development. Utilizing a proprietary methodology that combines a tech platform with professional services, Admissions Company helps increase the odds of acceptance to an applicant’s target college or graduate school.

To sign up for this free presentation on Thursday, March 15 at 7:30pm, click this link.   Location: Inspiring Test Preparation 1307 Dolley Madison Blvd. suite 4B McLean, VA  22101

Trying to sign up the same day?  Text Kate at 703-203-5796 to see if we have seats.

2018-03-21T19:03:08+00:00

Tell Us What We Can Do Better – College Admissions Seminar Cancellation

We at Inspiring Test Preparation recently had to cancel our College Admissions Seminar with Cathy Ganley of ForWord Consulting.

All of us here want to continue to make our business better and more accessible to students and parents, and you can help us. We would love to hear your opinion on why this class couldn’t work for you, and what we can do going forward in order to continue serving our clients the best way we can.

Included at the end of this post is a short survey. Let us know what you think!

College Admission Seminar Cancellation
Tell us why the seminar didn't work for you!
2018-03-22T00:29:40+00:00

Check Out the Admissions Company’s New App

On Thursday, December 29, Dr. Sybil Gohari, founder of The Admissions Company, introduced The Admissions Company’s new Odds Calculator app to a group of parents and students at Inspiring Test Preparation’s office in McLean, VA.

Dr. Gohari’s app helps high school students determine their chances of gaining acceptance to a particular college or university. To assess their odds, students enter their biographical, academic and extracurricular information into the calculator, which, using a proprietary formula developed over the past decade.  

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2018-04-26T20:43:49+00:00