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On making room for the power of the process.
"I love leaving an essay like that, where you want to say, ‘Let’s keep talking.'"
"I think it takes a lot more thought than it does writing."
"Your perspective ... is far more important than the specific topic itself."
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Behind the Hillside approach to supporting applicants
"[T]he real argument should be with oneself."
"We want to see how you actually think."
A former Dartmouth admissions officer reflects on kindness.
"The story gives us context, but the second part is the most vital."
"It’s hard to rescue the truth from that cliché."
"In applying to college, many applicants take years, or even a decade, off their own lives."
"It is the little details that can be most revealing."
"It’s different from 'academic achievement.'"