DIARY OF A COLLEGE ADMISSIONS ESSAY

At this point, many of you have started to write, or started to start to write, or are thinking about starting to start to write, your college application essay. I thought, therefore, that it might be beneficial to create a fictional diary of a student who is currently working on her college application essay, so that everyone could see that they are not alone in struggling with this complex task.

I’ll call this made-up student, Judy Franklin. She is a high school senior at South Laguna Beach High School in southern California, and is about to begin writing her application essay. Here is her first diary entry:

September 12, 2011. I am so freaked out about the college admissions essay. Every idea I have seems stupid and boring. Why do they make us do this? It’s definitely torture. Isn’t that illegal? Maybe I’ll join the Air Force.

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