Application Essays

New Horizons in College Admissions

For the most part, the Class of 2021 has ended its college quest. There were many winners, with their fat envelopes and exclamation point-laden emails, and there were, unfortunately, those with their skinny envelopes and conciliatory electronic messages. I sincerely hope that you high school seniors were in the former category. In looking back over ...

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Leadership And College Admissions

This post is targeted at high school freshmen, sophomores, and even juniors. Parents may learn some valuable information, too. Even if you’re a current college freshman or sophomore, there may be a nugget or two of wisdom for you. The topic is leadership — do you possess it and, if so, how can you express it ...

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Your “Why [This College]?” Essay

This post today is specifically for high school juniors who will be applying to college later this year. You should be asking yourself, “Why does this or that college truly attract me and why do I want to go there?” The reason you need to know the answer to this is because you will almost ...

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Tips to Successfully Tailor Your Admissions Essay to a School

Today’s article was submitted by David White. There are several components to your college application and they’re all important. Yet, among them, perhaps none is more important than your essay or statement of purpose. Sure, the admissions committee will want to see good test scores, evidence of community participation, and strong letters of support, but ...

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Write An UN-Common App Essay

No, that “UN” part in my post’s title does not stand for “United Nations.” Yes, rising seniors; it’s time! Time to start thinking about your Common Application essay! In addition to your academic record and recommendations, the essay can can push a borderline applicant into the “Admit” column, if executed properly. That’s the purpose of ...

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Getting Essay Help: Peers and Fears

Some of you rising high school seniors may already be working on your Common Application essay, or even certain colleges’ supplemental essays, if their applications are currently available. Even though it’s still high summer, it’s never too early to start conjuring your writing creativity. If you are blessed with a talent for writing, you may ...

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Common Application Essays

The July 4th holiday just ended. That’s the traditional halfway point of summer. You know, Memorial Day kicks off these lazy, crazy, hazy days, and Labor Day brings summertime to an end, and makes the transition into fall, as well as into a new school year. If you’re a rising high school senior planning to ...

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Should I Share My Essay (That Worked) With Others?

  Question: Is it safe now to share my college admission essay publicly (on facebook or share with friends) since the admission is over or is there still any concern about plagiarism that will affect me? The reason I want to share is to give my underclassmen friends inspiration and an idea of what an ...

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College Essay Challenges

Let’s talk about college application essays, especially challenging essays. This information is for high school juniors who will be facing some of these this fall. It’s never too early to start thinking about your application essay strategy. “Challenging” can also be considered “weird” or “unconventional.” My personal opinion about these types of essays is that ...

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Mid-Year Reports

Mid-year reports are sort of the “other shoe” of college applications, and they’re coming due right around this time of year. If you go to Google and search for the term “college mid-year report,” you’ll find this definition (for those of you unfamiliar with the term): The Mid-Year Report is an application form that a ...

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