Sunday, August 16, 2015

Guy who got into all 8 Ivy League schools explains how to nail a winning admissions essay

Guy who got into all 8 Ivy League schools explains how to nail a winning admissions essay

Kwasi Enin, then a high school senior, smiles after announcing he will attend Yale University during a press conference at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, New York April 30, 2014. (Photo taken by Reuters, Shannon Stapleton)

Reddit recently hosted an AMA, or Ask Me Anything, that featured Kwasi Enin answering questions about his incredible feat of being accepted into all eight Ivy League schools.

Enin, now a sophomore at Yale, provided really detailed answers about when to start writing your essay and how to craft a story that will catch the attention of admissions officers. Somewhat surpisingly, he suggested having an English teacher edit your essay before sending it in.

Below is what he shared.....

On when to start writing your essay:
I took my summer, starting in July before senior year, to craft my essay. I wrote mini-essays based on the Common App prompts from previous years. I looked at what was worthwhile out of those essays, and transferred those snippets into the prompt for the 2013-2014 year as soon as possible.
Then I added all the prompts for the colleges I would apply to. I made separate word documents for all of them and started writing an essay a day in August. When the school year came, I had a whole lot of editing to do with my teachers. But it sure made the application process simple!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Ballerina Misty Copeland Talks Being Unapologetically Black And More

One more reason to love her.
This is an excerpt from Essence magazine's September 2015 cover story "Stepping Up" about American Ballet Theatre ballerina Misty Copeland. The article was written by Julee Wilson, senior fashion editor at The Huffington Post. 
“…One of Copeland’s most endearing qualities, beyond dancing on her toes and making it look easy, is the fact that she’s so unapologetically Black. ‘It’s easy for someone who isn’t Black or other or who has never experienced racism to dismiss what I’m saying…it’s easier for them to say, ‘Why do you focus so much on that? You’re a beautiful dancer.’ But the reason I’m here and I have this voice is because I’m Black.’ Copeland tells me that she has never tried to pretend that ballet doesn’t have a race problem. She recounts times fellow dancers told her that some American Ballet Theatre (ABT) staff members were overheard saying, ‘Misty stands out too much because of her skin color.’

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Job Interview Coming Up? Put On Your Consulting Glasses by: Liz Ryan *Published on

If you take the perspective of a hiring manager  who’s going to conduct a bunch of interviews one after the other, you’ll see why it’s so important for you to change the interview script. As a job-seeker, you have to wake up the interviewer’s sleepy  brain.

As soon as the interviewer slips into the script, you’ve lost him or her. Do you know what the hiring manager is thinking, the minute s/he gets finished saying “Why don’t you walk me through your resume?” and you start talking? The manager is thinking “If I can get out of here at 4:15 p.m. I can make it to the dry cleaner before they close.”

They’re not really paying attention to you as you walk through your career history. They’re off in the their own mind somewhere.

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