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6 Simple Don’ts in Writing Personal Statements

by Jennifer Taylor on June 27, 2017 in College Essays


  College application personal statements are the single best way to introduce college admissions counselors  to high school students beyond their transcripts and the college application. Think of it as a way for counselors to hear your voice and to show them a glimpse of who you are. Understandably, this kind of writing can be […]

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ACT or SAT? Which Is Right For Me?

by Kevin Krebs on June 27, 2017 in Standardized Tests


As a high schooler growing up in Chicago in the mid-to-late 1980s, I never stressed out about the ACT and didn’t know a single person that had taken the SAT. I didn’t see a tutor or take a prep class, in fact I’m not even sure if those existed at my school. The night before […]

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Campus Visit: University of Missouri

by Jennifer Taylor on June 22, 2017 in College Visits


Check out this chillin’ day at the University of Missouri, aka, MIZZOU, from a PFA student’s recent campus tour. Pictured are the university’s Ionic columns with Jesse Hall in the backdrop. The columns stand as the most recognizable symbol of the university. Thanks for sharing!

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6 easy summertime tasks for college planning

by Jennifer Taylor on June 13, 2017 in College Planning


Summer is the perfect time for students to focus their attention on updating their records for the purpose of college planning.   1.  Create a college planning folder (hardcopy and digital) to keep track of academic awards, activities, clubs, or community achievements.   2. Start recording or updating your student credentials from the past school year. […]

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College planning: What freshmen and sophomores can do this summer

by Kendall Hayes on June 13, 2017 in College Planning


The biggest advantage to starting your college planning as a freshman or sophomore is that it alleviates stress. There will be 1,000 things on your college to-do list. Spreading them over four years, as opposed to cramming them into one or two, will make all the difference.   Summer is the perfect time to dig […]

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Seven Must-See Midwest College Visits

by Jennifer Taylor on June 13, 2017 in College Visits


  Here are seven great one and two-day college visit options with most of the schools within a two-hour drive of each other.    #1: Indiana DePauw University (small, private, liberal arts, rural, selective) Butler University (medium sized, private, urban, selective) Indiana University (large, public research institution, large college town, selective)  #2: Illinois and Iowa […]

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Campus Visits Kick Off College Planning

by Jennifer Taylor on May 30, 2017 in College Visits


  If you are a high school freshman or sophomore and just beginning to think about college, you’ll be relieved to know it’s as easy as starting from your own backyard.   We at Partners For Achievement believe families residing in the Chicago metropolitan area are at a distinct advantage with dozens of colleges ranging […]

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PFA Founder Talks College Planning on Podcast

by Jennifer Taylor on May 26, 2017 in College Planning


When should I start thinking about college planning? Can I rely on our high school counselor to help with college admissions? Should my student take the SAT or ACT? Applying to college is not like what it used to be when I applied; I’m worried about adding pressure on my child.   These are just […]

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Requesting Recommendation Letters for College

by Jennifer Taylor on May 24, 2017 in College Planning


High school juniors winding down from what is traditionally considered one of the most academically challenging years should shift their focus before the end of the school year to which teachers could provide positive recommendation letters for college applications.   When applying to colleges, commonly two recommendation letters are required. On many applications, a letter […]

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