Can you tell us a bit about the design challenges unique to your team at BoomTown, or any interesting anecdotes that you may be willing to share!
Double thumbs up for the opening scene, especially:
Leave one Wolf alive... and the sheep are never safe.
With respect to Stark sisters, really like how Sansa's character is being developed in the show. She has seen enough on the hands of Ramsay and Joffrey, and having lived in the King's Landing under Cersei, she is definitely one of the best equipped to advise Jon. It's good to see that she is not holding herself back either.
Many admissions officers consider your senior year (especially your first semester) to be just as important. It's the most recent information they have about you and they want to make sure that you're not the type of person that just slacks off.
Don't make your schedule isn't too light (should be comparable to previous years). Maintain your GPA and continue the extracurriculars you've been doing in past years. This is especially important if you're waitlisted, since when you send them your updates, you can show that you've maintained your focus and diligence and still really care about getting into that university.
I remember my admissions letter clearly stated that my admission was contingent on my continued performance.
Great question Lisa!
I found in the beginning that just the thought of writing the perfect essay in one go prevented me from even getting my thoughts down on paper. So I forced myself to just start writing. Even if it was complete rubbish, at least I'd get over the initial fear.
Another strategy I used was to list down everything I had done in the last several years. I mean every class, activity, award, vacation, experience...everything! This will help make focus brainstorming about essay topics.
Think about what makes you, you? You're trying to pique the admissions officers interest about you as a person (they already know about all your activities / awards). How can you leave them thinking "Wow this is a super interesting person"? Sometimes even the most mundane topics make for a great and charming essay.