This is Issue #15 of our Top Tweets Tuesday series where we share the top college prep tweets we’ve come across to make planning for college just a little bit easier. Whether you’re just starting high school or you’re on your 15th campus tour this year, we hope we can offer a little insight and reassurance on your college-bound journey.

The college experience is a little different for everyone – and it’s always different than what we expect. Wondering what other students thought after their first year of college? Check out these great insights about what surprised them about how they changed!

Don’t let the stress of college and scholarship applications get you down. Here are some great tips for staying balanced. Our favorite: #1 and #9 – which fits perfectly with our theme this monthly of Organization and Planning.

Needing some tips to perfect that college or scholarship essay? Chris Peterson, Assistant Director at MIT Admissions, has some great advice – whether you’re just getting started or you’re stuck and need a refresher on the rules for writing well.

I think the title speaks for itself. Every family is looking for the inside scoop on what college and scholarship committees are thinking (and looking for). This quick insight and the three tips it offers could be invaluable for a student as they are filling out their applications.

After all the hard work is done – essays are written and applications are submitted – there is still one very important task to be completed. You must make a decision about where you will attend college. Spending time on the campus is a great way to pick (or rule out) a school, but here are some ideas for people you should talk to before making the final decision.

I hope you had a very Happy New Year! See you next Tuesday!