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  1. Advice for High School Seniors: Ten Tips for Students. Jeff Fuller. Journal of College Admission, Summer 2020.
  2. The Truth About Ivy League College Admissions. The Ivy Dean, June 15, 2015.
  3. How to Write a College Essay. Kelly Mae Ross, Devon Haynie, and Josh Moody. U.S. News & World Report, Aug. 3, 2021.
  4. The College Application Process.
  5. Tips for Setting Deadlines, Securing Recommendations, and Personal Statements. Washington Informer, August 2018.
  6. These College Admissions Officers Were Floored At What Hopefuls Included With Their Applications, Angela Andaloro. BuzzFeed, Feb. 2, 2022.
  7. From the Heart to Higher Education. Rob Lieber. New York Times, June 18, 2021.
  8. Crafting an Unforgettable College Essay. Princeton Review.
  9. College Admission: New Year, Same You. Brennan Bernard. Forbes, Jan. 4, 2022
  10. How to Write a College Essay: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide.
  11. The Right Way to Choose a College. Denise Pope. Wall Street Journal, March 23, 2019.
  12. Five Tips for Writing a Standout College Admissions Essay. UC News.
  13. Secrets of Elite College Admissions. Jeffrey Selingo. Wall Street Journal, Aug. 28, 2020.
  14. Getting into Harvard is Hard. Here Are Four Ways to Get an Edge. Anemona Hartocollis. New York Times, Nov. 8, 2018.