How to Chill When I’ve Lost My Chill

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David Guirgis, 2015 Finalist and QuestBridge Blogger

Hello, it’s me. I’ve been wondering if after all these years of working towards college by freaking out over supplements and drowning in difficult coursework and extracurriculars, you’d like to talk about almost being done.

Adele aside, I think I’m speaking for most of us when I say that four years of staying up late to finish internship paperwork and study for eight midterms is finally taking its toll.
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On Becoming Thankful for Education

Sunpreet Singh, 2015 Finalist and QuestBridge Blogger

People love expressing thanks. Thanks for polite gestures, good health, and many other things. As Thanksgiving is upon us, I want to talk about something that often isn’t appreciated enough, or given thanks for, and that is education.

For millions, education is a privilege and ultimate path to freedom. For others, it’s something that’s taken to be ordinary, making it underappreciated at times. For myself, education surpasses predetermined boundaries of socioeconomic status or commitments to jobs and other activities. Education is a gift in its true essence; it allows individuals to liberate themselves from their situations and to pursue their passions.
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QuestBridge as My Best Ridge

Sunpreet Singh, 2015 National College Match Finalist and QuestBridge Blogger

A ridge is basically a sturdy and mountainous hill. But for me and many of my peers, we’ve had a backbone-­like ridge that has shaped our academic aspirations and hopes for not only gaining acceptance to, but also affording a quality education at top colleges in the U.S.

That ridge, as you may have guessed, is QuestBridge.

I first learned about QuestBridge from a now Quest Scholar from my high school (Hillcrest) in Jamaica, Queens. Tasnim Fairabi is now a Quest Scholar at Yale and, through her words of encouragement, I applied to and was named a College Prep Scholar earlier this year.
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Achieving with QuestBridge

Rosalyn Huff, 2015 National College Match Finalist and QuestBridge Blogger
Rosalyn Huff, 2015 National College Match Finalist and QuestBridge Blogger

Achievement is awkward for me. First of all, the word just sounds weird. “Uh-cheev-ment.” Who decided to throw those sounds together? Plus, I’ve always had a really hard time coming to terms with it. I’ve done a lot of great things, but have I achieved anything? Are my accomplishments grand enough to be considered achievements? Or even accomplishments, for that matter? I find the concept tremendously confusing. Am I alone here?

There’s no questioning what I hope to achieve, though. I’ve had my mind set on it for years. Everything that I’ve “achieved” so far has been merely a step toward it. Continue reading

Breaking Down My College Breakdown

David Guirgis, 2015 National College Match Finalist and QuestBridge Blogger

So right now, I’m in the midst of “the college process”—a euphemism for near-psychotic levels of panic and self-doubt if there ever was one. Rewind a fair bit to the weeks before the National College Match application was due, and you’ll find an awkwardly tall senior with unruly hair hunched over a computer, stressing. Yeah, it’s me, and as of that moment I had a million pages open on my computer. They ranged from word processors with essay drafts and outlines to the CollegeBoard website, where I was taking screenshots of test scores I wasn’t happy with for an application to a program I wanted (so, so badly) but wasn’t sure I’d even make.
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Dear QB: As a QuestBridge Finalist, how can I save money during Regular Decision?

DearQBIn case you don’t already know, applying to college is expensive. But don’t be alarmed! There are many ways for QuestBridge Finalists to cut these expenses down when applying to our partner colleges. Below, we talk about each in detail.

1. Application Fees

The application fee at each of our partner colleges is waived for Finalists. This is easily the largest expense in applying to college, and it’s already been taken care of for you!
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Admissions Officer Insight: Research Tips from Colby College

school-iconNow that you can rank up to 12 schools for the National College Match, it’s more important than ever to spend time researching which colleges are a good fit for you. Tori Guen, Assistant Director of Admissions at Colby College, shares her insight about the importance of research and tips to compare schools. 

Researching colleges contributes to four important parts of the college admissions process. Research helps you broaden your search, narrow your selection, make you a more competitive applicant, and find the best-fit college for you.
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Admissions Officer Insight: Get to Know Swarthmore College

As Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions at Swarthmore College, Andrew Moe has great insight into the academics and campus life of  the small liberal arts college located in southeastern Pennsylvania. Get to know Swarthmore and see if it’s a good fit for you!

Andrew Moe, Swarthmore College, Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions

Swarthmore College, a small liberal arts college in southeastern Pennsylvania, is a bit different than most places.  The following list represents just a few of our favorite things about Swat:

Small size, plentiful options.  We enroll just over 1,500 students, and nearly everyone lives on campus all four years.  Almost 40% of our classes have nine or fewer students, and yet, our students choose from over 600 courses offered each year.  Additionally, we are part of the Tri-College Consortium, where you can take classes and engage in social activities at Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College – just a free shuttle ride away.  And if that’s not enough, you can even register to take courses at the University of Pennsylvania. Continue reading

Admissions Officer Insight: Find Your College Fit

Don’t know where to start your research for ranking colleges? Colorado College Admission Counselor Skyler Paltell gave us her tips for finding the best college fit for you. 

Skyler Paltell, Colorado College, Admission Counselor

High school seniors around the country are wrapping up their college searches and swapping road trips in favor of college applications. But, in the frenzy of application season and the pressure to gain acceptance to colleges, students often forget the importance of fit when it comes to selecting a college. The best way to ensure your college search process results in a great fit college is to thoroughly research schools that interest you, so that come May, you’re off to a college that suits both your academic and personal preferences.

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Admissions Officer Insight: Get to Know Carleton College

As an Admissions Counselor at Carleton College and an alumna, class of 2014, Holly Buttrey knows Carleton College better than almost anyone. Located in Northfield, Minnesota, Carleton offers many “favorite things” with its small town charm and big city opportunity nearby in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Holly’s list of favorite things will help you determine if Carleton is a good fit for you! 

Holly Buttrey, Carleton College, Admissions Counselor

I assume you are all familiar with Maria’s long, melodic list of favorite things in The Sound of Music, but perhaps you know a little less about Carleton. Now, I am not much of a singer, but I can, however, share my favorite things about Carleton:

  • Chocolate chip cookies at 1 a.m. (or any time for that matter)
  • Wooden Adirondack chairs
  • Warm woollen mittens (just like Maria!)
  • Friedrich von Schiller
  • Farm House
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