26 October 2016

How to Write an Outstanding Application Essay

There is no such important moment in one’s life as making the choice of the future profession and college accordingly which affect their further students’ years. We are all afraid of making mistakes. But, anyway, at this moment when high school is over and there is nothing but the desire to enter the college, we’ve dreamed about, one of the most important missions is to write an application essay.
It is not so easy to present yourself in a few words. But there are no options, and anyone needs to do it. Though there is no common accurate method for writing a proper application essay, there are some rules following which you most likely reach your goal.

Stable foundation

There are four main elements of an application essay you should be aware of:
Content. It needs to be unique, original, and non-plagiarized, provide the answer to the question; be within the required word limit: 250–650 words. The essay should have a well-thought-out idea development and be properly paragraphed.
Organization. An essay consists of the introduction, the main part of the essay (key idea), and the conclusion.
Tone. It should be positive. Show yourself taking responsibility, reveal that you have learned and grown from all your experiences, and demonstrate respect for the reader.
Grammar. Be serious about writing the application essay in good English, use the active voice and vary your sentence structures. An essay needs to be free of grammar and spelling mistakes.

Solid framework

Writing skills. Able to write without grammar mistakes, sticking the chosen style, being coherent and expressing your thoughts and feelings clear.
Fresh ideas. Having own thoughts and beliefs, using own experience, acting independently.
Logical arguments. Understanding the difference between causes and effects, being consistent, going from weak to strong arguments, thinking analytically.
Personality. Be honest. Be passionate. Be yourself.

Comprehensive answers

According to The College Application Essay” by Sarah Myers McGinty there are 3 questions which you should answer in your application essay:
1. Question about you
This question gives students an opportunity to tell something about their life besides test scores. But you should be careful and be specific, and don’t let the temper of these questions make the story too unarticulated. It is better to tell about one event or feeling.
2. Question about the choice
Here you provide the answer to the question why you’ve chosen this university. The trick of this question is any factual mistake. It will show that, in fact, you don’t care. Be honest, not wheedling.
3. Creative question
It is your chance to present yourself and adduce your views. Remember: "creative" doesn’t mean insolent or fussy. Write about your life, describe your experience, and share your personal stories.

Eligible vocabulary

Like we said at the beginning, there is no common method to write an application essay that works. It also depends on the college you choose. Just check out the difference between two most prestigious colleges.
Stanford VS Harvard: what vocabulary each of colleges prefers
(Words in essays of applicants who got the offer from the college)
mom and dad
mother and father
happy, passion, better, and improve
cancer, difficult, hard, and tough
Most common
research, community, knowledge, future and skill

experience, society, world, success
student’s experience with race, ethnicity or sexual orientation
overcoming adversity

Academic achievements

Before you start writing your application essay, pay attention to this statistic. It turns out, that only 24, 9% of college representatives claim application essay is considerably important in the admission decision.
Percentage of colleges attributing different levels of importance to factors in the admission decision
Considerable Importance
Moderate Importance
Limited Importance
No Importance
Grades in college preparatory courses
84,3 %
2,3 %
1,5 %
Strength of curriculum
67,7 %
20,4 %
5,8 %
6,2 %
Admission test scores (SAT, ACT)
59,2 %
29,6 %
6,9 %
4,2 %
24,9 %
37,5 %
17,2 %
20,3 %

Your voice

Sometimes applicants are so exhausted that they don’t want to create something unique and use standard models in their application essay thinking if it works for others it will work for me. Unfortunately, it is a delusion. As a rule, admission counselors are looking for something fresh and probably they will drop reading the essay which consists even one spent idea. So, be prudent and avoid:
Dictionary essay.  If you think about putting in the beginning of your essay the word and continue with describing its significance, change your mind. Usually, it looks like far-fetched.
Parents stories.  It is hardly possible to admire your parents without sounding too ordinary.
Sports stories.  Yes, it is breathtaking to know about you missing that make or break ball or being the school baseball legend, but admission counselors have already tired of such stories.
The Recipe style.  “Two pieces wish, three spoons effort, and a dash of luck create the best student.” Still — vapid!
Controversies.  There is no only right opinion about euthanasia, war, abortions, etc. Do not discuss these topics, you probably will sound preconceived.
Tragedies.  Any tragedy makes essay hard for perception, admission counselors lose objectiveness, and, in fact, they get to know very little about the applicant.
The big question.  Remember: it is impossible to answer eternal questions like “what is humanity destination?” So just don’t.
Shameless groveling.  Do not overpraise the college you want to enter belittling the dignity of other schools.
No matter what, remember, that you do need to do your best excluding excessive efforts. It always seems a little pathetic. Furthermore, due to The National Association for College Admission Counseling’s, application essay impacts the admission decision if only all other factors between you and other applicants are equal. So, be yourself and try to enjoy writing your application essay! 

 Jonathan Bramson is a tutor and a creator of online writing service. His job requires him to trim the sails to the wind and find the new ways for self-improvement. He believes everything is possible.

20 October 2016

Ways to Save Money While Shopping for Your Kids

There's no two ways about it – kids cost a lot of money! Your family is worth every dollar you spend on them, but if you're like most parents, at some point you've wondered if there's a way to cut those expenses back a little. Whether you need to put aside a little more for bills, save for a family holiday, or set up a college fund for your kids' future, we all need to save from time to time.

One of the easiest places to make savings is the toy budget. Children's toys can quickly rack up into the hundreds of dollars, especially if your little ones want the latest, trendiest toys and games. Here are 6 ways you can cut back the toy budget without cutting back on fun:

1. Look Around The House

Children, especially young ones, don't need hundreds of dollars’ worth of expensive toys to have fun. Raid the kitchen for pans and utensils for an impromptu percussion session, or grab some empty paper towel rolls to use as horns, building blocks, telephone receivers or whatever else you can dream up. Household items cost nothing and encourage imaginative play into the bargain.

2. Opt For Gently Used Toys

Used doesn't have to mean tatty. There are lots of gently used toys out there that look next to new – you just have to keep your eyes open and see what you can find. Yard sales and thrift stores are great places to start, and you can snag some great used toys online. EBay offers a huge marketplace of used items. If you're shopping for toys on Amazon, don't just hit “buy now” - check to see if there are used items available. When you shop second hand you can grab toys that look as good as new, without paying new prices.

3. Buy New Online

If you want to buy new, or there's something you just can't find second hand, you'll often make a better saving by shopping online instead of at the store. Check out sites such as eToys or Kids Woot for discounted toys, or take advantage of loyalty purchase schemes. Keep an eye out for coupons too – printable coupons and coupon codes can save you a lot of money. Just be sure to check the shipping costs and make sure they don't push up the price of the item.

4. Try Yard and Garage Sales

You'll be amazed at what you can pick up at a yard or garage sale. One kid's trash can definitely be another kid's treasure. Go prepared to spend a bit of time sifting through the items for sale – you'll find some trash, but you're also likely to find some real treasure in the form of toys that look nearly as good as new. Check local listings or watch out for signs in your neighborhood.

5. Find Toys For Free

It sounds too good to be true, but you can find some excellent toys for free when you check out Freecycle or the free section on Craigslist. You'll often find freebies listed in good condition. The only snag is that you'll most likely have to collect, so you'll need to factor in gas costs.

6. Check for Sales and Use Coupons

If you are shopping online, most retailers offer coupons that can be applied on most items. All you have to do is look for them. Coupon search engines like Mamma are great for finding deals on your favorite brands. Get into the habit of looking for a coupon before you buy anything online! You can usually find a coupon code that can be applied to whatever toy your child wants.

Toys don't have to break the budget. By setting a spending limit ahead of time and searching carefully for savings, second-hand items, and freebies, you can keep both your kids and your bank account happy.

Disclosure:  This is a guest post.

12 October 2016

Easy Kid-Approved Granola Bars Recipe

This past weekend I baked up some tasty kid-approved granola bars that I think you will want to try!  What I love most about this recipe is that it is easy to make with only five ingredients, it is ready in only 20 minutes, and you can play with the recipe a little to make it your own.  I hope your family loves these as much as mine does!

What You Will Need

3 cups oats
12 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup mini marshmallows (you can also substitute for almonds, dried cranberries, etc.)


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine all of your ingredients together until they are mixed well.

Lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking pan

Press your combined mixture into the pan and bake for 20 minutes.

After removing from the oven let cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting your bars.