Knowing Yourself = Writing a Better College Application Essay

Knowing Yourself = Writing a Better College Application Essay

Most college application essay prompts ask students to reveal, in one way or another, who they are and what is important to them. Yet “knowing yourself” (http://www.prolificliving.com/the-greatest-discovery-of-all-getting-to-know-yourself/) is not that easy,...
Write Your BEST College Application Essay (#1)

Write Your BEST College Application Essay (#1)

Last year, I did a series of blogs called, “Twenty Five Ways to Make Your College Application Essay the Best Writing You’ve Ever Done.” The blogs included conceptual guidelines for writing an effective essay, as well as many technical writing tips. Longish title...
Avoid the Last Minute Essay Writing Panic

Avoid the Last Minute Essay Writing Panic

Welcome, students and parents. Please come in and lie down on the couch.  I assure you, everything is going to be all right. October 1 is almost here and, students, you have not yet written your college application essays. You’ve entered the last minute essay writing...
Short Paragraphs Make the Best College Application Essay Format

Short Paragraphs Make the Best College Application Essay Format

Choosing the best college application essay format As you write your college application essay, pay attention to formatting! Don’t forget: your audience is human! So, use specific techniques like using short paragraphs and making your essay look inviting to keep your...

Essay Dialogues #4: A High School Senior Meets With the School’s College Counselor

RANCE, a high school senior, meets with his school’s college counselor, MS. LEWIS. MS. LEWIS: Hi, Rance, how are you doing with your Common Application essay? RANCE: Solid. Making progress. MS. LEWIS: Can I read your first draft? RANCE: Sure, here you go. (Rance hands...