Category Archives: College Essays

Essay tips from those who read them

Students will receive all kinds of advice about what goes into writing a compelling college admissions essay. But perhaps the most useful comes from the admissions officers who actually read them.

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Quirky Essay Questions

Off-kilter essay questions offer some colleges a way “to determine which of the A-student, high-test-score, multi-extracurricular applicants can also show a spark of originality.” This article explains.

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College Essays: Great Advice

“Be natural; write as if you are talking to your reader on paper. Remember, the purpose of answering the question is to help the admissions officers get to know you. What better way of doing that is there than to … Continue reading

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Essays: Show, Don’t Tell

The best college application essays “are slices of life that tell a story. Keep the story simple; place within it a conflict that, in the end, is resolved. Show, through action, what you did, and the action will explain your … Continue reading

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Their Essays Were “Meh”

Juniors looking for college essay advice? Here are some great tips on how to avoid writing boring essays.

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Common Application: 2013-14 Changes

Juniors – take a look to see what lies ahead. The Common Application has just released these new essay prompts that will be part of a redesigned application for the 2013-14 year. Topic of Your Choice has been eliminated, and the word … Continue reading

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What’s a College Supplement?

Applying seniors are well aware that in addition to the two main college essays, most private colleges also ask for supplements, which are devilishly time consuming.  There’s nothing supplemental about this important part of the application process, as explained here.

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Essays: Find Your Story

Most of you reading this — rising seniors, to be specific — view the prospect of writing the college essay with dread. But here’s the thing: you won’t be cheesy if you’re honest, if you dig deep, if you discover source … Continue reading

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Great Essay Opening Lines

Undergraduate admissions staff –while evaluating students on their total merit — take notice of the first lines that make essay-reading a particular pleasure. Stanford University’s admissions officers share some of their favorite openers from students who are now Cardinals: Let … Continue reading

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Quiet of Summer, Start Your Essays

Mark Twain said, “If I had more time, I would write a shorter story.” The less hurried months before the onslaught of a highly pressured fall offers juniors the chance to think, reflect and connect with a writing topic that … Continue reading

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