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An Introduction to US College Athletics

By David Shepley Students who participate in competitive sports enjoy lives enriched through fitness, social interactions, discipline, and skill-building. To participate in a school or club team through the school is a great way to fill one’s time outside of...

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Beyond the Confines: Virtual Extracurriculars in a Pandemic

By Arienne Calingo Inside the café, I observe a teenager shift between typing furiously and scrolling through Google. I overhear her mention volunteering. Her friend clasps and unclasps her hands with a furrowed brow. “I can’t find anything!” she exclaims....

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Optimize Your Summer Break

By David Shepley Summer break presents a crucial time for high school students to build their intellectual and personal narratives into a stand-out portfolio of experiences worthy of US university admissions. Although summers offer respite from intense school-year academic and...

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Ace Your Alumni Interview

By Patrick Fitz Now that applications have been submitted, colleges and universities may reach out to applicants offering an alumni interview. Policies for individual schools vary, and not every student will be interviewed by every institution. If someone reaches out,...

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Peter Davos on Applying to US universities

Applying to American undergraduate programs is a daunting and confusing task for even the most highly motivated and prepared American students, but applicants from the UAE face particular challenges given their general lack of guidance and knowledge of the necessary...

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Peter Davos on The importance of fit and creating a good college list

Applying to college is a matchmaking process and should be taken seriously by students and their families. Unfortunately, many students do not invest the time and energy into doing the necessary research required to make a compatible college list. With...

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Peter Davos on Advantages of studying at US universities

UAE students face an array of choices when determining where to pursue their undergraduate studies in a foreign country, with Canada, Britain, Australia, and the United States being the most popular global destinations for an international education. While leaving the...

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Peter Davos on US Women’s Colleges

Women’s colleges are an ideal option for female UAE high school students intent on maintaining social, cultural, and religious values in a female-only setting, while pursuing an excellent education in the United States. As high school juniors compile a list...

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Understanding Majors, Minors and Electives

By Ijaaz Jackaria Choosing a field of study in college can be a daunting task. Navigating the hundreds of courses that universities offer, all while keeping the anxiety about picking the ‘wrong’ program or the wrong career at bay, is...

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Reading the Lines & What’s Between: What Admissions Officers Look For

By: Angela Jones-Glukhov At the most selective U.S. universities, it all happens, on average, in 7 minutes. The review of application forms, school reports, test scores, essays, and other materials that took years to develop and months to craft, is...

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Transitioning from Life as a UAE High School Student to a US University Student

By Simone Noorali Whether the UAE is the only home you’ve known or one of many, moving to the United States as a student is an undoubtedly unparalleled experience. Here in the multicultural metropolis of the Middle East, our exposure...

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Reading Recommendations: Fiction, Science & Technology

By Elijah Koome “When the choice is yours, what do you read, listen to, or watch?” (Stanford) “Using a favorite quotation from an essay or book you have read in the last three years as a starting point, tell us...

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