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Posts by Tyler Talbott:

Animal Farm Characters – Full List

Posted on: 07 May 2024

The title of Animal Farm captures its central focus on a collective rather than a single character. In this respect, the famed novella is markedly different from writer George Orwell’s other world-renowned work, 1984. 1984 forces identification with one man, Winston Smith, so that readers feel the full weight of totalitarian oppression he experiences. Patrick […]

Animal Farm – Summary of Each Chapter

Posted on: 07 May 2024

In exploring Animal Farm’s characters and themes, George Orwell’s allegorical treatment of twentieth-century history has been an unavoidable topic. The hyper-canonical novella has been the locus of endless interrogation about its relationship to Soviet-era communism. Indeed, its intellectual appeal mostly rests in tracing how its political theories come out of specific historical conditions. But that […]

How to Write the Diversity Essay – With Examples

Posted on: 01 May 2024

The diversity essay has newfound significance in college application packages following the 2023 SCOTUS ruling against race-conscious admissions. Affirmative action began as an attempt to redress unequal access to economic and social mobility associated with higher education. But before the 2023 ruling, colleges frequently defended the policy based on their “compelling interest” in fostering diverse […]

How to Write a Letter of Continued Interest with Examples

Posted on: 01 Mar 2024

The waitlist: the limbo of the college admissions world. No doubt, it can certainly feel like purgatory for some. For the most part, all you can do is wait (hence the name) and maybe say a few Hail Marys. However, some schools do allow waitlisted students a certain degree of hope that they can turn […]

20 Colleges with the Happiest Students

Posted on: 13 Feb 2024

The modern university is an incredibly complex institution with many factors affecting the experience of students who attend it. This makes attempts to find a “happiness quotient” universally describing every student’s college experience seem more than a little foolish. How do you weigh the several competing and often contradictory academic, material, and social attributes within […]

Average College GPA by Major – 2024

Posted on: 29 Jan 2024

In most U.S. colleges, grade point average (GPA) is the ubiquitous measure of academic success. It summarizes, albeit in an imperfect way, the entirety of one’s academic performance in college. Employers and graduate programs often look to college GPAs for information on where applicants ranked in their graduating cohort. Given their significance, college GPAs have […]

Animal Farm Themes and Symbolism

Posted on: 24 Dec 2023

“All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” This chillingly memorable quote from George Orwell’s Animal Farm has warned generations of readers about the dangers of revolutionary movements descending into totalitarian cruelty. The story of an animal revolt at Manor Farm was, famously, a thinly veiled allegory of Russian Communist history. It […]

When Do College Decisions Come Out? – 2023-24

Posted on: 28 Nov 2023

When do college decisions come out? If scenes in coming-of-age high school movies are to be believed, they arrive suddenly, ratcheting up dramatic tension. The more prosaic reality is that these decisions come out in stable patterns, helping you predict when they will arrive. Admittedly, having this knowledge doesn’t necessarily make the wait feel less […]