Writing the College Application Essay

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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Writing the College Application Essay – Finding a Topic for Your Essay: Ten Questions to Ask Yourself

In answering the following questions, be completely honest, don’t edit yourself and allow each question to take you where it will. Try not to simply read through the list and answer the questions in your head.  Instead, write your responses down as fully and expansively as you can. Then read your answers back and see …

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Writing the College Application Essay: Don’t Lock in Too Early

It’s nearly August, high school will be in session again soon, and the thoughts of seniors are beginning to turn toward writing their college application essays. No doubt, as conscientious soon-to-be graduates, many of you have already spent a lot of time contemplating a topic for your essay. You might even have decided on one …

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Writing the College Application Essay – Embrace Your Individuality

Many high school seniors have difficulty recognizing their own uniqueness. After all, the last four years have been tough. There was the volleyball team you didn’t make, that “A” in Calculus you missed by a point, that boy you couldn’t get to notice you. But the fact is, every high school senior is brimming with …

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Writing the College Application Essay – What to Do If You Hate to Write

There are many successful people whose writing is less than stellar. Not everyone excels at writing; not everyone can cook a fluffy omelet. Yet whatever your strengths, everyone applying to college still has to deliver a well written application essay. So what can you do if writing isn’t your thing? Here are ten ideas that …

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The College Application Essay: Authenticity is the Key

A recent survey among New York colleges found: Authenticity is more than twice as likely to fall within the top three criteria used by admissions professionals to evaluate college application essays as grammar and punctuation. Authenticity is also more than three times as important as a student’s ability to relate impressive experiences or credentials. Admissions …

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»Writing the College Application Essay – Brainstorming on Brainstorming

Writing your college application essay is going to require some brainstorming so I thought it might be helpful to put forth a very clear, usable definition of what is generally meant by this term. Simply put, brainstorming is the act of coming up with lots of ideas in a short period of time. Although it’s …

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Writing the College Application Essay: Using the Same Essay More Than Once

First things first… There is nothing wrong with using an essay you wrote for one school and revising it to fit another school’s prompt. It’s your work, you can do with it what you like. Plus, given the time and effort spent on getting your applications out (slightly less than landing a spaceship on Mars), …

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