Application Essays

Summertime Essays And Other Efforts

Summer 2017 arrives in less than two weeks. If you’re a rising high school senior, you may be wondering what to do over these next two-to-three months or so. Maybe you aren’t wondering and have a specific plan for how to spend your time. If you don’t have a plan, maybe I can help you ...

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Summertime: Your Essay Think Tank

This post is mainly for rising seniors, but you forward-thinking rising juniors might also benefit from this information. What are your plans, now that the school year is over? Will you be working a job? Will you be visiting colleges? How about other travel? Going abroad? Maybe you’ll be on a mission trip in South ...

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Rising Seniors: Your Common App Essay

Some of you high school juniors may have already ended your school year. Others of you are in the midst of a hectic year-end series of tests and other wrapping-up details. Regardless, once you’ve had your last day of junior classes, you will be officially declared a “rising” senior. That will entitle you to face ...

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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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