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Blog: Clean Slate

COVID-19: A New Normal

Campus Visits

We’ve heard a lot of talk about “a new normal” post-contagion. Now that schools and universities have addressed student, faculty, and staff safety, they are refocusing attention on day-to-day operations.

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Open House 2020

Duke University

Spring is a great time to visit university campuses. It’s the season when most universities host special events for recently admitted students as well as for students seeking to narrow their options list. For many high school students, the thought of visiting university campuses conjures up feelings of anxiety. What should be enjoyable experiences, can…

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Write a Compelling Personal Statement

Teo Salgado

Personal statements are a key component of applications for graduate and professional programs. A well-written piece can help you stand out. This workshop led by Teo Salgado, was presented at the University of Toronto Mississauga on September 24, 2019. In this presentation, Teo stresses the importance of advance preparation. Eighty percent of the writing is…

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Fall Open House: 2019

Fall is a great time to visit universities. University campuses look especially beautiful dressed in autumnal colours. For many high school students, the thought of visiting university campuses conjures up feelings of anxiety. What should be enjoyable experiences, can feel like lonely fact-finding missions. One way to reduce the stress of campus visits, and to…

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Admission Processes and Timelines

Brown University Gates

ADMISSION APPLICATION OVERVIEW “Sigh … there goes another summer, Snoopy!” said Charlie Brown. While I share Charlie Brown’s sense of regret, I’m buoyed by Henry David Thoreau’s sentiment that “[o]ne must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” It’s tempting to stretch out the holidays just a bit longer, don’t…

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Checkup: Admission Preparedness

Test Prep Books

New teachers, new friends, and maybe even a fresh new pair of shoes. School is back in session. After a wonderful summer in Toronto, we’re now fully in back to school mode, too. And what do many educators like? We like lists. So we’re starting the new academic year with two checklists: one for seniors…

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Personal Statements: Three Approaches, One Goal

Clock at Dickinson University

ADMISSION ESSAYS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED STATES, AND CANADA A personal statement is an essay written by a student and used for admissions purposes. For many years, they have been an important part of admission application processes in the United Kingdom and United States. More recently personal statements have gained traction in the Canadian…

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It’s decision time for admitted students

Decisions

I’ve been admitted. Now what? It’s like a load has been lifted, right? It’s a nice reward for your efforts, including all of those long days working on applications. Many congratulations! Choosing which university to attend is likely one of the toughest decisions you’ve been asked to make. You’re probably asking yourself: How can I…

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