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Writing the College Admissions Essay: SIX WAYS TO CREATE A POWERFUL OPENING

Admissions Officers at most universities read hundreds of application essays each year, many of them responding to the same prompt. That’s why, to set your essay apart, it is critical that your essay grabs the reader’s attention, right from the beginning. Here are six ways you can do that. 1. Pose a question that the …

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Writing the College Admissions Essay: SIX WAYS TO CREATE A POWERFUL OPENING

Admissions Officers at most universities read hundreds of application essays each year, many of them responding to the same prompt. That’s why, to set your essay apart, it is critical that your essay grabs the reader’s attention, right from the beginning. Here are six ways you can do that. 1. Pose a question that the …

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Writing the College Application Essay – The Common Application Prompts (4-6)

Continuing from my previous blog… The fourth prompt for the Personal Essay on the Common Application Prompt reads: Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you and explain that influence. In answering this prompt, rather than using references …

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Writing the College Application Essay – The Common Application Prompts

Many colleges and universities (nearly 500) use the Common Application. I thought it might be helpful, therefore, to offer some input about the Application’s essay prompts. Short Answer: Please elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150 words) One hundred fifty words doesn’t seem like much but if you give this essay …

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Writing the College Application Essay – Slow and Steady Wins

In the desire to complete and submit your college application essay, there is a tendency, at times, to hurry. This can be particularly harmful because, in general, the longer you work on the essay, the better it will become. So here are three areas where you might have the impulse to rush, and a number …

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Writing The College Application Essay – Four Mind Sets to Avoid

For most high school seniors, writing your college application essay is a difficult, if ultimately rewarding, process. To make sure that you don’t make that process even harder, here are four mind-sets that should be avoided at all costs. 1. Fear Writing the application essay can be intimidating. But what we all know about handling …

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Writing the College Application Essay: No Salespeople Allowed

When writing their college application essays, students will sometimes feel compelled to spell out exactly what they are thinking, which is often some variation of, “I’ve got great test scores, a 4.2 GPA, and I served Thanksgiving dinners at the local shelter every year. How can you not accept me?” While this feeling may be …

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Writing the College Application Essay: Your “Audience” Awaits

I often encourage my students to think of their college application essay as a short movie, starring them. Taking that analogy to the next level, a school’s Admission Directors – those hard working folks who read hundreds of essays each week – become the essay’s first, and only, audience. It is vital, therefore, to write …

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