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With the economy making it especially hard right now to afford college visits, College Week Live (the world’s largest online college fair) provides students the opportunity to virtually visit hundreds of colleges across the country and speak to admissions officers, college counselors, and experts in the areas of applying, paying for, and choosing the right school for you.  It’s totally free and a truly cost-effective way to learn more about your favorite schools or even discover some that weren’t initially on your radar.

It all starts next week, (March 25th and 26th), and yours truly will be doing a session on “Writing A Great College Essay” on Thursday, March 26th at 11am PST/2pm EST.  I’ll be answering your questions about what college admissions officers look for in essays, pitfalls to avoid, and tips for writing to stand-out. And everyone who logs in during my session will have a chance to win a copy of my book “Seventeen’s Guide to Getting Into College.” You can register and view the full line-up of college and speakers at College Week Live.com.  Hope to see you there next week!

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Don’t forget to tune in to my webcast presentation on CollegeWeekLive this afternoon from 5pm-6pm (PST).  I’ll be talking about how to stand out in your college applications and then open it up for Q&A’s.  Registration is free, and anyone who tunes in to my talk will be eligible to win one of 5 signed copies of my book Seventeen’s Guide to Getting Into College.  Hope to see you then!

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Q: “I never seem to have time to visit schools. Is it really important to visit the schools before you apply?”

–Kristyn, 18, Philadelphia, PA

A: I think it’s a really good idea to visit colleges before you apply because brochures and websites can all start to look and sound the same. Nothing will give you the sense of what it will actually be like to live on a college campus like visiting and seeing for yourself the dorms and classrooms and athletic facilities and, of course, the students. I know it gets a little crazy once senior year hits to find the time to visit college campuses, and it can also be pricey if the schools you are applying to happen to be more than a car ride away. But keep in mind that you’re making a decision about the next four years of your life, and don’t you want to do all the research you can to make sure you’re making the right one?

There’s no excuse not to visit the schools in your local area. In fact, a lot of college applications even ask if you have visited campus, so make sure you can answer that question in the affirmative! Obviously, if you live across the country that won’t be as much of a possibility, but if you live in New York City and you’re applying to Columbia University, go check it out! If campus visits aren’t going to happen before you apply, at the very least you should find some time between applying and getting your acceptance letters to visit the schools where you’d like to attend. It can save you a lot of heartache come freshman year if you rule out now the things that you don’t like about certain campuses, things that you wouldn’t know unless you actually visit.

Now, if time and money are making it impossible for you to visit any college campuses, then you might want to check out the online college fairs at CollegeWeekLive. On Nov 12 and 13th, CollegeWeekLive will host its fall online college fair, connecting thousands of students with more than 200 colleges and universities. It’s an opportunity to chat online with admissions officers, current students, and college counselors, and it won’t cost you a penny! You can register for CollegeWeekLive’s virtual college fair at collegeweeklive.com, and you can even catch yours truly giving a presentation on how to stand out in your college applications. While visiting an online college fair can’t take the place of an actual campus visit, it can be a very useful tool that along with all your other research will help you make an informed decision about which colleges or universities you’d like to attend.

And check out more of my answers to your questions at Seventeen’s College & Career Q&A!

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Next week I’ve been invited to speak at CollegeWeekLive, the world’s largest 2-day virtual college fair.  I’ll be giving a presentation on “Telling Your Story in the College Application,” giving tips on how to stand out in the admission process based on my experience working behind the scenes at Columbia University.  But the coolest part is that the bulk of the time I’ll be answering live questions from viewers all over the globe, and you can join in on the fun by registering on the CWL website.  Registration is totally free, and over the course of the 2-day event you’ll have the opportunity to speak with admission reps from over 200 colleges, sit in on sessions with college and financial aid experts, and hear from current students at universities across the country.

And, did I mention I’m giving away signed copies of my book Seventeen’s Guide to Getting Into College?!  We’ll be doing a random drawing of all the registered users who attend my session on Thursday, November 13th at 5pm (PST)/ 8pm (EST), and 5 lucky winners will receive an autographed book.  So check it out, and be sure to stop by my session and submit a question during the live web broadcast.

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