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“Being able to see something on the resume that has actually evolved over time and helped the person into a better individual as opposed to having 10 to 15 on their resume, I think that the former is way more valuable than the other.”

— Jerilyn, Harvard admissions interviewer  

“…only keep one set of eyes on your personal statement, whether it’s Northwestern or anyone else.”

— Justin, Northwestern admissions director  

“There are still students now who think that they could get a spot off the waiting list, even though it’s like beyond statistically unlikely.”

— Deborah, Carnegie Mellon admissions director  

“I read her essay and I told her, ‘Your essay is horrible. You have about a paragraph and you’re not saying why you’re interested in University of Michigan.'”

— Bryan, UMich admissions director  

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"To be honest, my dad really didn't support me going to Northeastern at first because it's 15 hours away from home. But after I got in, he was actually very happy and supportive. And because I got almost a full ride," said Mandy Jiang, a high school senior from Spartanburg, S.C. headed to Boston's Northeastern University.

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My kid doesn't see what the big deal is with student loans, but I do! I still have loans from med school. He shockingly got into COLLEGE Z, a high reach school, which offered nothing but student loans. He wants to go, but debt-free COLLEGE Y is clearly better! -- Stressed parent Heartache is a part of the mean game of college admissions. While I can't shield you from all the hurt in the world, I can share why being very picky about your college list can eliminate some of the pain. This one's for future college applicants.

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