college application

October 8, 2014 | Nancy Frieder

Taking Baby Steps to Ease College Application Stress

I vividly recall a moment of panic after a nurse entered my hospital room to discuss the details of my release after my first child was born. Holy cow, don’t they know I don’t really know what I’m doing? I’m not ready for this. Within seconds I recovered my cool, realizing the hospital had done […]

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August 17, 2014 | Nancy Frieder

Photographs, Memories and College Application Essays

Our summer vacation is over, and the new school year is quickly approaching. Our daughter has left for her senior year at Cornell, and our son will leave before we know it for his sophomore year at DePaul. Soon we will be Empty-Nesters again. But what am I saying? We were practically Empty-Nesters all summer. […]

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July 24, 2014 | Nancy Frieder

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Summer Breeze Makes Me Feel Fine…

With College Application Essays on My Mind! As July slips away, I can’t help thinking how this has been an unusual summer in the Washington area. Usually we have the same forecast all summer long: hot and humid. This summer has been different. Sure, we’ve had those kinds of days, but we’ve also had days […]

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February 8, 2014 | Nancy Frieder

Sochi 2014

The Olympic Task of a Compelling Essay Opener

As much of the world watched the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, I couldn’t help but wonder whether the spectacle was worth a billion dollars. That’s more than most of us could contemplate, much less could spend in a lifetime, even if we had it. Was it worth it? In truth, the answer may vary […]

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January 20, 2014 | Nancy Frieder

The Wait

One of the most predictable things each January is how busy the gym gets. Seriously. Everybody seems to have “work out more” on the list of resolutions for the New Year. This year, I decided to do something that would force me to stick with it: I hired a personal trainer. For at least sixth […]

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December 30, 2013 | Nancy Frieder

Finalizing the Essays

January 1 not only marks the beginning of the new year, but for most high school seniors, it’s the final deadline for submitting their college applications. It’s the end of the first stage of College Application Season. (Stage II, the waiting period, is another story–and undoubtedly another blog post!) How can anyone be sure an […]

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December 10, 2013 | Nancy Frieder

Thinking Outside the School Box

While working with a young man who was applying to several highly selective schools, I realized precisely why working with a professional editor beats relying on a teacher or other helpful adult for assistance with the college application essays. Editors think outside the school box. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not challenging teachers’ good intentions. […]

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December 8, 2013 | Nancy Frieder

How NOT to Write about an Inspirational Person

As I have driven past numerous flags at half-mast in respect for Nelson Mandela, I have thought about all the “heroes” and motivational people my students have written about in their college application essays. As their writing coach and editor, I must carefully guide the students into not getting caught up in the person they’re […]

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December 5, 2013 | Nancy Frieder

Boys vs. Girls

Recently I listened to a radio show discussing gifts for children, and much was said about the differences between “boys’ toys” and “girls’ toys.” Some stores even have designated blue and pink aisles to help shoppers along. One parent lamented that even the building projects were stereotyped. For instance, the pink aisle contained dollhouse kits; […]

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November 22, 2013 | Nancy Frieder

A Different Twist on the Anniversary of the JFK Assassination

This is the year of some significant 50th anniversaries, first with Martin Luther King Jr’s historic march on Washington and now with the JFK anniversary. I recently came across Kennedy’s college application to Harvard and thought it would be interesting to share. Kennedy may have been a fine President, but what do you think about […]

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