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Gen & Kelly Tanabe on Admissions

What are the best extracurricular activities?
What are the best extracurricular activities to do during high school? I've heard that there are certain activities that colleges look for. For example, I've heard that in order to get into an Ivy Lea... 
I have been out of high school for a year. Will that hurt me?
I have been out of school for a year trying to get things in my life back on track. I really want to go to college, but it just keeps getting harder and harder. I would like to know if not immediately... 
What should I do if my counselor is unhelpful?
Everyone tells me that I should talk to my high school counselor before I am a senior. The problem is that the counselors at my school aren't very helpful. I have learned from talking to my friends th... 
Will your books help with transferring?
I am considering transferring into some highly selective schools. I have applied to these schools this year and have been denied, except for one school in which I am on the waiting list. I was wonderi... 
Does it help to submit work I've done outside of school to colleges?
When it comes to getting into college, will it help me to submit work to colleges I have done outside of school? I have written poetry since I was young and have a few poems that I would like to submi... 
I have some questions about essay etiquette.
I have just finished typing my personal statement for my admission applications and scholarships. I want to know if I should double space or single space it? Do I address it to "Sir/Madam" like a lett... 
What questions should I ask during the interview?
During any interview in life, there is always a time when the interviewer asks, "Do you have any questions?" I always think of the good questions afterward. I'm planning on applying to a school in Cal... 
Do colleges look at other things besides grades and SAT scores?
Whenever I hear about college, all I hear is how important grades and SAT scores are. Do colleges make their decisions by looking at other aspects of our lives as well? What else counts? Signed, More ... 
Should I take easier classes and get higher grades or more difficult ones and get lower grades?
I'm trying to pick my schedule of classes and want to know if it's better to take harder classes and get lower grades or take easier classes and get higher grades? Signed, Grade Go-Getter

How can I get into Harvard?
Since you both attended Harvard, I feel that you two would be the best people to ask about the school. I'm sure you hear this a lot, but please understand that I really want to go there.

My fre... 

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