Application Essays

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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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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