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What Should I Write About? Making a Difference

By - Feb 19, 10:15 AM   Comments [0]

In my non-admissions life, I once went to a lecture given by a biographer whose work I admire. In the course of his talk he mentioned that while writing about genius has merit, writing about typical folks and their extraordinary achievements is more valuable. The...

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Different Dimensions of Diversity

By - Feb 15, 10:15 AM   Comments [0]

In reviewing our stats for last year, I noticed that one of our most visited pages is an article on writing about diversity. That’s not shocking since Accepted’s consultants are frequently asked by stressed, panicked clients from well-represented groups in the applicant pool, “How can...

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When is it Worthwhile to Retake the GRE?

By - Feb 10, 10:30 AM   Comments [0]

After your “big day” when you take the GRE, you may have doubts. Could you have done better? Should you go back and try to do better? If you’re considering a GRE retake, think about the time and expense of taking the exam a second time....

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Two Grad School Applicants Walk Into a Bar…

By - Feb 8, 10:15 AM   Comments [0]

This might be a great opening line for a comedy night at a university student center, but can you use humor in a graduate school application essay? Should you even try? If You Have a Funny Bone, Use It The answer is…maybe. If you can use humor effectively,...

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When Global Business is the Goal

By - Feb 8, 10:00 AM   Comments [0]

Before we introduce today’s guest I want to invite you to our newest webinar, Get Accepted to INSEAD, which will be held on Feb 15 at 10 AM PT/1 pm ET/ 6 PM CET.  This is the latest addition to our “Get Accepted to” webinar...

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Making Friends With the GRE: How To Overcome Test Anxiety and Perform at Your Best

By - Jan 27, 10:00 AM   Comments [0]

“I can’t stop trembling….can’t eat….cry for little or no reason….I am so nervous.” All of this from Janelle, a prospective graduate student on her response to scheduling a GRE test date. I was not surprised that Janelle was nervous as almost all prospective graduate students...

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“I’m Smart, Really I Am!” Proving Character Traits in your Essays

By - Jan 25, 10:00 AM   Comments [0]

When you write an application essay or statement of purpose, you’re trying to accomplish several goals at once: (a) You need to prove your worthiness to be accepted to your target school, while (b) also showing the adcom that you have desirable character traits that your program...

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What is an Accomplishment?

By - Jan 16, 10:00 AM   Comments [0]

Accomplishments constitute the bread and butter of personal statements and application essays. That may sound straightforward, however, a fascinating brainstorming session of Accepted admissions consultants reveals that applicants don’t always know what an accomplishment is. What goes into this application staple? And how can you analyze your own...

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4 Tips for Writing about Last Minute Extracurricular Activities

By - Jan 13, 10:00 AM   Comments [0]

You want to write about all your fantastic non-school and non-work endeavors so that you really stand out from your competition, but when you start to think about it…you draw a blank. There must be SOMETHING you can show for how you use your free time,...

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5-Step Checklist Before Submitting Your Applications

By - Jan 12, 10:00 AM   Comments [0]

Whether you’re applying to b-school, law school, med school, grad school, or college, this checklist will be the same. Don’t hit that “submit” button until you’ve completed the following 5 steps: 1.  You’ve made sure that your application presents a holistic, multi-dimensional picture of you. Each section of your application should not just present you as a strong candidate on its own,...

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