Application Essays

Application Essay Topics to Avoid

Thanksgiving will be here in 10 days, as of this writing. That means that the ominous January 1 college application deadline looms larger and larger. In fact, many high schools require that college applications be completed and submitted to the counseling department before (sometimes well before) December’s holiday break. Thus, the pressure is on if ...

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Admission Fiction

“Fake news!” Unless you reside on another planet, you’ve no doubt seen, heard, or tried to hide from that phrase sometime within the last year or so. Then there’s that famous Seinfeld episode where Elaine pointedly informs Jerry that her actions were “Fake! Fake! Fake!” The way the weather has been behaving recently in my ...

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Applications: Your Final Deadline Approach

Have you looked at the calendar lately? According to mine, there’s just one week left before November 1. The first day of November every year strikes fear into the hearts of many thousands of high school seniors around the world. Why is that? Well, if you’re in the know, and you probably are if you’re ...

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Affirming Your College Choices

If you’re a college-bound high school senior, you no doubt have a list of candidate schools to which you will be applying this fall and winter. At least you should have a list at this late point in the application season. Regarding the schools on that list, I want to ask you a question: Why ...

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Make Yourself A “Best Buy” Applicant

It’s October. For most high school seniors, that means one thing: applying to college. Two deadlines loom in the not so distant future: November 1 for Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED). Aside from the pressure of those dates, one larger challenge remains — making yourself stand out from the thousands of others who ...

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Planning Your Common Application Essay

I would be willing to bet that essay writing is not among high school seniors’ favorite pastimes. That becomes quite clear this time of year when their thoughts turn toward the Common Application, which requires a major written statement. That’s not to mention all the writing that many schools require in their annoying supplements. So, ...

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Application Success Is in The Details

During your college quest, you may come upon my favorite open-ended essay prompt: “Is there anything else you would like us to know?” The main place you may encounter this question is in a writing supplement, although you could interpret the Common Application’s “Additional Information” section as the same thing. I would look at it ...

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Important Emerging Admissions Trends

Unless you’ve been on another planet lately, you’ll have to admit that our world is in a major state of flux right now. There are multiple reasons for this, including political change, economic stresses, populace uprisings, and a number of other more complex factors. This flux also embraces the realm of college admissions. I’ve been ...

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What’s “Common” About the Common App … and Now “ZeeMee,” Too?

Question: My daughter will start her senior year in high school next month. She just created a Common Application account and, as a first-timer to the admission process, I was surprised to see that there’s a lot that’s not “common” about it. All of the colleges my daughter is considering require extra essays and/or responses ...

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Approaching 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 my post today — to help you write the best essay you can. So it’s time to start thinking about this, if you haven’t already done so. You ...

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