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Did you know:

  • Though extracurricular activities are the second most important part of your college application, you only have about 30 words to describe each activity?

  • Your citizenship and parents’ place of birth could have an impact on your admissions decision?

  • You can explain an illness or poor academic performance on the last section of the Common App?

You are about to embark on an arduous adventure: filling out your Common Application to apply to college. It’s more than just filling out a few forms — it’s telling your life story, describing your extracurricular activities concisely but effectively, and writing a reflective personal statement.

Don’t know where to start? The college admissions experts at Crimson can help. Join us for this deep dive into each section of the Common App, and how to complete it to MAXIMIZE your chances of admission to any school, whether reach, match, or safety. Ask any question of our college admissions experts and get personalized guidance on your college application.

The last part of the talk will focus on supplements to the Common App – how to navigate them and what is important on each supplement, whether they ask about your favorite book or for 3 more essays.

Reserve your place now, as seats are limited!

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Profiles of Featured Speakers:

Anjali Bhatia - University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, Duke University

Anjali Bhatia is a 2015 MBA graduate of The Wharton School, where she was on the Joseph Wharton Fellowship, a competitive merit scholarship. She majored in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing & Operations. Prior to Wharton, she worked as a Strategy & Innovation Consultant for Accenture, where she had a focus on education clients. She has previously founded two nonprofits, Discover Worlds (’06) and ChangeEducate (’09). She completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroeconomics at Duke University, where she was on the prestigious Robertson Scholarship, which provides a full merit scholarship for both tuition and summer enrichment. She currently is heading Crimson's LA & SF operations.

Alexander Lenz - University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business

Alexander is a student at Wharton, where he is dual-concentrating in statistics and finance. Alexander has received perfect scores on his ACT and SAT subject tests, and graduated as valedictorian of his class at Vanguard High School. He has experience leading a regional United Way Group with over 60 members, and is actively involved in his university scene. While at university, he started a consulting company which used data analytics to predict trends in university admissions. He assisted 35 students in building candidacy and applying to the most competitve universities in the US. The students he mentored were accepted to Harvard, Wharton, Yale, Brown, and other top colleges. Alexander took a leave of absence after his company was acquired by Crimson, and he now leads New York and Philadelphia operations where he is able to impact even more students striving towards the most competitve colleges. In his free time, Alexander enjoys learning about statistics, machine learning, and entrepreneurship.

Ed Paranjpe - Duke University

Ed Paranjpe studied Economics and Finance at Duke University. Ed has been a tutor and extracurricular and leadership advisor with Crimson to tens of students around the globe since 2015. Several of his students have received offers from top colleges like Duke and Columbia. Before coming to Duke, Ed received a full scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to study in Germany for a year. In high school, Ed was involved in a variety of activities such as student government and his school's political review. In his free time, Ed enjoys learning languages, skiing, and following politics.


  • When: Sat Sep. 8
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

  • Address: 1001 16th Street Northwest
    Washington DC,US 20036

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