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The Gift of Education, for the Student on Your List

We partnered with to help you get ready for college application season!

The holiday season is finally here, which means parties, shopping, family commitments, and — if you are the parent of a high school senior — quickly approaching college application deadlines. It isn’t uncommon for students to leave applications and college essays to the last minute, but it can certainly put a damper on your family holiday plans, with most applications due on December 31.  

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To help you and your student get through this busy time of year, we talked to Cambridge-based, an online college admissions consulting platform that gives students personalized, expert help during crunch time, with on-demand coaching started online and completed through real-time interaction with a former college admissions officer — all in just 72 hours. Even better, StraightenApp offers FREE College List Bootcamp and FREE Essay Jumpstart Kits with clear, concrete steps for getting started.  

For example, StraightenApp’s College List Bootcamp includes a set of worksheets that allows students to judge their competitiveness against that of the colleges on their list. They’ll plot their academic stats on a chart and instantly understand whether a college is a reach, target, or likely college for them.

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And StraightenApp’s College Essay Jumpstart kit actually begins with a video of actual college admissions officers talking about what they are looking for in an essay, how to start writing, and common mistakes to avoid.

You can sign up for the free kits, as well as a weekly newsletter with more free application tips, at the bottom of the StraightenApp homepage.

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We love this website because StraightenApp’s new platform goes beyond value and convenience to charitable giving. Every time a review package is purchased or given as a gift, StraightenApp will donate an identical review package to a student in need through one of their pro-bono non-profit partner organizations, which include MATCH Charter Public High School in Boston and Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City.

And just in time for the holidays, StraightenApp has launched a new gift option. Now parents and loved ones can not only give a StraightenApp service as a gift to their student but simultaneously help another student realize their dreams through the charitable matching program. Now that is a gift that keeps on giving!  

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