Admissions Essay

Academy Awards College Admissions

Have you thought about producing a video starring yourself, as part of your college applications? That seems to be an interesting trend these days. The YouTube Generation has found yet another way to exhibit their individuality and personal brag sheet. Some colleges are promoting an option whereby applicants can submit a “video essay.” This allows ...

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Famous Female for Essay Topic?

Question: I have to write an essay about an important woman figure for an application supplement. I know that this college takes their supplement into consideration and I want to impress. I have thought about many different women, but none who would really make the college accept me. Any ideas here? Your choice of essay ...

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Explaining Drop in Grades Due to Internet Addiction

Question: In my sophomore year, I got 3 Cs in a subject that I am usually strong in: science. The reason for this particular grade drop across all my subjects was Internet addiction.I have not discussed this with my guidance counselor and have never been diagnosed by a professional. Now, I have dealt with the ...

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Will Repeated Junior Year Hurt BFA Hopeful?

Question: I’m a kid who came from an abusive household and during 10th and 11th grade it affected my grades. I went from a 3.4 G.P.A. to 1.8 G.P.A. I had to repeat the 11th Grade. I was adopted right before my repetition of the 11th grade. In repeating the 11th grade I decided to ...

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College Essay Tips for “Ordinary Teenager”

Question: It seems like everyone else has something significant to write about in their college essays … the death of a parent or winning some national music award. I am just an ordinary teenager. I have lived in my same suburban house my whole life and am in a bunch of typical school clubs. How ...

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Should Student Discuss His Depression in his College Essay?

Question: My question is about my son’s Common Application essay. In it he discloses being diagnosed with depression a little over a year ago. I think it’s a touching, optimistic piece of writing, but it has my husband worried. Would this be a deal-killer for colleges? You and your husband can call a tie here. ...

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What Qualifies as “Leadership” on College Applications

Question: What exactly is required for the leadership portion of the application? Is everyone expected to be an officer in a club, etc? Admission officials don’t expect everyone to be a club officer or to hold any sort of elected position in or out of school, but they do want to give applicants a chance ...

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Should Non-Traditional Student Dislose Shaky Start When Reapplying?

Question:I am a non-traditional college student trying to continue on for my four-year degree. Between 1994 and ’96 I attended a four-year school and basically flunked out with a 1.9 GPA. Since then I have a cumulative 3.48 GPA with two associates degrees. I have applied to different schools with the aforementioned four-year school listed ...

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Weird & Wacky Application Essay Questions

Are we having fun yet? Look at the calendar. It’s almost November 1. Anyone for Early Decision or Early Action? If so, the clock is running and you should now be doing your NFL-approved two-minute drill. Time to break out the antiperspirant, which brings us to, no doubt, to the biggest sweat-inducing part of college ...

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