Five Ways to De-stress Before a College Interview

Five Ways to De-stress Before a College Interview

You finished your personal statement. You submitted your application. You even sent in the scores from your latest battle with the SAT.

de-stress power pose

Now, you’re outside the door of the dean’s office waiting for an interview.

Of course, the best way to reduce stress before a college interview is to come prepared:

• Practice potential questions with a friend the day before,
• Get a good night’s sleep, and
• Bring copies of your updated resume.

Unfortunately, even with these preparations, you might still feel stressed.

Here are some tips to help you de-stress and find your calm before your interview.

1. Four. Seven. Eight.

The numbers 4-7-8 refer to a simple breathing technique….

Read the full article on the Dallas Admissions website!


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The US College Personal Statement
The Five-Point Resume Check
Sciences Po: 4 Tips for Writing Your Motivation Letter
The Argument for the Gap Year 


5 Things to leave off your resume (and why it doesn’t count as lying)

5 Things to leave off your resume
(and why it doesn’t count as lying)

Writing the perfect resume is a daunting task, even for the best qualified applicants.

While we spend a lot of time trying to decide what we should include (and how to get it all into that magic one-page format), there are also things that are perhaps best left out.

This is especially true for job seekers that have limited experience.

While it may be tempting to fill your resume up with additional details — if only to make it look like you have more than a few lines to say about yourself — sometimes it’s best to check out a larger font size and more blank space (which increases readability) rather than to turn the employer away with superfluous information.

Here are some of the things to look out for– and stay away from– when writing your resume:

1. The words ‘intern’ and ‘volunteer’

Many young graduates make the mistake of creating a special ‘internship’ or ‘volunteering’ section on their resume. This might make a lot of sense for someone who is trying to make a point about being dedicated to a particular cause. But for many of us, that unpaid law firm internship was much better aligned with our long-term career goals than that minimum wage job at McDonald’s.

home office resume writing laptop






So here’s the secret: just make a ‘professional experience’ section where you can list both paid and unpaid work experiences. Then, feel free to leave out the words ‘intern’ and ‘volunteer’ altogether.

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