How to Write Like a Storyteller

Writing your college application essays can feel stressful and confusing. What do colleges want to see in your essay and how can you make yourself stand out from the crowd? What if your essay isn’t good enough, isn’t different enough or answers the essay topic in the wrong way? It may be easier said than done, but the truth is, you’re much better off if you stop worrying about what colleges expect from you and start thinking more about how you can tell your own story.

How Do I Know Which College or University is Right for Me?

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Choosing a college is major life decision and should not be taken lightly. It’s important for students to give themselves plenty of time to carefully consider all their options and make the right decision. With that in mind, now is the time for sophomores and juniors to start narrowing down which college is right for them.

Factors to Consider

There are many different aspects of a college or university to consider when choosing where to apply.

Stuck on Standardized Tests?

The college application process can be stressful! Sophomores and juniors in high school are preparing to take the big college entrance exams – the SAT and the ACT. The results of these tests are used to determine college admissions and merit-based scholarships. While both exams are very important, colleges note the range of your scores and consider a wide variety of criteria when considering your college application. Don’t be scared! Just come to the test well-rested and thoroughly prepared and do your best.

Skills to Build Before College

Getting ready for college can seem daunting, but there are steps students can take to make the transition a bit easier. Preparing certain skills can make the difference between a freshman year filled with stress and anxiety and a year of growth and learning. Be flexible, study hard and meet new people and you’re sure to make the most of your college experience.


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Wait-Listed: Some Do’s and a Don’t


You toured colleges excitedly. You poured over websites. You followed all of College Foundation of North Carolina’s (CFNC) helpful advice. You filed all of your paperwork well before the deadlines. Finally, the day comes when your top college choice responds, and it turns out you’ve not been accepted…but you’re not exactly rejected either. You’ve been wait-listed!

For prospective college students, being on the waitlist can be a special kind of purgatory.

Evaluating College Offers and What to Expect

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The college admissions process is full of deadlines. There are deadlines for financial aid forms, deadlines for applications, and finally, deadlines for acceptance. It can be a rewarding and challenging time for prospective students and their families, especially if you are accepted to several schools on your wish list.

So what do you do when it comes to Decision Day? All offers are not equal and you want to make sure you’re not comparing apples to oranges.