8.42 Romeo and Juliet

Do you think you can write a better love story than Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet? Don’t worry: that prompt has yet to make it to the Common Application! So why am I bringing it up? Right about now, some of you are wracking your brains for an original...

8.41 Fall Break? Vocabulary To Go!

You can’t drag 100 pounds of books with you on fall break! Try this instead. Spoiler alert! Writing asinine sentences will not help you! And if you don’t know what “asinine” means, please look it up! Athena Advises No one can learn 500 words in a night—but...

8.40 NYU vs. Columbia: Which is better?

I was recently up at Columbia, showing the campus to a visitor. Yes, Columbia has a campus. From the steps of Low Memorial Library, the statue of Alma Mater looks serenely–or is it longingly–across the green at Butler Library, uniting with her gaze the two...

8.38 Schoolwork and college applications

School has been back in session for awhile now, and you’ve probably even faced a few exams. Those of you in two-year diploma programs, such as the German Abitur or the International Baccalaureate, may feel like you’ve been inundated with a tsunami of tasks...

8.37 How to ask for a letter of recommendation

Most students think of a recommendation as something they ask for, and then check off their to-do list. Start thinking of a letter of recommendation as something YOU work for! Make it easy for your teacher Think about it: Your teacher probably doesn’t like...