CollegeLAH’s Guide to Using Common App

  Creating your CommonApp account Go to and select “First Year Student”. This will lead you to the next page to create an account. Fill in the required questions which should be self-explanatory. Once you are logged in, you are able to view your Dashboard and your full CommonApp Account. Your CommonApp Account YourContinue reading “CollegeLAH’s Guide to Using Common App”

Choosing the right uni as a sponsored student (UK v. USA)

Image Source I received the JPA Biasiswa Nasional scholarship right after SPM results were released. Since JPA wanted the scholarship recipients to inform them of our choice of course and country, I wrote that I wanted to pursue Actuarial Science in the US. That was before I started A-Level at Taylor’s College. However, I wasContinue reading “Choosing the right uni as a sponsored student (UK v. USA)”

Is it possible to apply for US colleges without Pre-U?

Q: Is it possible to apply for colleges in US without taking A-Levels,form6 or any other Pre-U(Grade 12)? Can I be admitted into colleges in US by just using SAT scores,TOEFL/IELTS & SPM grades? A: In short: it is possible to get into US colleges without completing Grade 12; I personally know people that have gotten intoContinue reading “Is it possible to apply for US colleges without Pre-U?”

CommonApp Essay – To Dare

The essay below, which was required by The Common Application, successfully got Lim Sheau Yun admitted into Yale University, Stanford University, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, Brown University, University of Chicago, Duke University, Barnard College and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.  Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that theyContinue reading “CommonApp Essay – To Dare”

Essays for Applications to University of California

The essays below, which are required by the University of California (UC) application system, successfully got him admitted into UC San Diego, UC Los Angeles, and wait-listed at UC Berkeley. All identifying names have been removed as the owner would prefer to be anonymous Prompt #1 Describe the world you come from — for example,Continue reading “Essays for Applications to University of California”

Can I apply for early action and regular decision at US colleges?

Q: For US uni applications, are we allowed to apply for both early action and regular decision for the same college? If I am rejected in the early action pool, can i still apply for regular decision? A: Do take note that not many universities offer early action as compared to early decision, so you wouldContinue reading “Can I apply for early action and regular decision at US colleges?”

How to write application essays to get into Actuarial Science programs in US?

Q: I am a corporate scholar currently doing ADP (1+4 program) in Taylor’s University. I am doing Actuarial Science and I plan to apply to UPenn (The Wharton School) and University of Wisconsin-Madison. May I know what is the best approach to the admission essays in order for me to get into these school? A:Continue reading “How to write application essays to get into Actuarial Science programs in US?”

How To Write Successful US College Application Essays?

I have been asked to help proofread a few US college application essays.  I have a few things to say and would like to help spark your inspiration. 🙂 Of course, this is just my humble opinion. I am in no way a professional essay writer, a spy in the admissions office, or an expert psychologistContinue reading “How To Write Successful US College Application Essays?”