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WRITING THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS ESSAY – DIARY OF A COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAY 2013

This is my first blog of the 2013 college admissions essay season.  I hope that you will find the knowledge I share and my insights on the essay writing experience worthy of your time and, ultimately, of value. Last year, among other work, I wrote a series of blogs called, “Diary of an Application Essay,” …

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The Holiday Season Can Inspire Your College Admissions Essay

If you’re still searching for a topic for your college admissions essay, try getting inspiration from this emotional holiday season. Family, gratitude, the spirit of giving, travel, commercialism, spirituality and over eating are all in the air and can wind up being potential subject areas. During the coming holidays, therefore, no matter which of them …

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YOUR COLLEGE ADMISSIONS ESSAY: SIX WAYS TO CREATE A MEMORABLE CLOSING

The old show business expression goes, “Always leave them wanting more.” In writing your college application essay, the rule should be, “Always leave them wanting you.” One way you can accomplish this is by ending your essay strongly and memorably. Here are six methods that can help you do that.   1.  “The Buzz Lightyear” …

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From the New York Times – How to Solve a Career Cliffhanger – By Craig Heller

The numbers didn’t add up: Ten years of writing soap operas on network television. Four Emmy Awards. One Writers Guild Award for script of the year. Then four months out of work. And zero job offers. Craig Heller in his home office in Los Angeles. The soap opera genre, it turned out, had begun its …

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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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