Admissions Essay

Parents: A College Prep Timetable

My comments today are primarily for parents, but any students out there are welcome to join the party. With all the issues surrounding the world of college admissions, parents who are concerned about providing the right “flight plan” for their children to prepare for college need an overall schedule. There is a preferred time to ...

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More On Essays

I guess if you say the title of this post fast, it could sound like “Moron Essays.” Trust me; I’ve seen some moron essays in my day, but the sample I’d like to share with you today is far above the moron class. In fact, the writer of this essay was admitted early to one ...

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Promoting Your Accomplishments

In today’s world, we are being constantly bombarded by advertising intended to “market” this or that product or service. I foresee a future world where advertisements and slick 30-second commercials are beamed directly into our heads. We’ll be taking a nice quiet walk in the autumn woods when suddenly, out of nowhere, we’ll hear a ...

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More Essay Insights

Some people say, “Hey, you’re only 17. How tough can your life be at such a young age?” However, the reality sometimes can be very tough, even for teens. That’s why you may want to consider an essay about a certain difficulty (or difficulties) in your life and how you dealt with it. I’m not ...

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Adventures in Essayland

If you’re a rising high school senior planning to apply to college this fall, you more than likely will be dealing with application essays. The Common Application requires a “major” essay and many colleges that use the Common Application also throw a supplement your way that usually requires additional writing in the form of either ...

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How Strict is Word Limit on Scholarship Essay?

Question: I am typing a scholarship essay that is supposed to be 500 words long. I was typing and continued to type and type and soon realized I was at 600 words. So I finished up and was about to submit it when I saw in smaller print in the instructions that it is supposed ...

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College: Getting In vs. Graduating

Here’s some information for all you rising high school seniors. A while back, there was a network news story about Japanese high school students preparing for their graduation exams. Their performance on these exams determined what level of university they would get into. Pressure to perform was intense because graduates of the most prestigious university ...

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Bizarro College Admissions

One of the more irrational exercises high school seniors undergo this time of year is trying to figure out why they and some of their peers did or did not get into the colleges to which they applied. Of course, college admissions may well be among the world’s most subjective processes. There are no hard ...

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College Admissions Mythology

In most areas of life, common wisdom can be a dangerous thing. One area where the damage can be acute is in college admissions. Many high school students (and many of their parents) depend on peer advice to make crucial decisions about applying to and getting into college. Garnering wisdom from friends and even family ...

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