Application Essay

Excellent Essays Can Be Easy

Before you start working on your Common Application essay and the associated Common Application supplements that colleges just love to throw your way, you need to start seeing yourself in the proper perspective in regards to being an applicant to your candidate colleges. This stratagem applies even if you’re not aiming for the top, as ...

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A Quick Start for the New School Year

Did you ever notice how summer gets shorter and shorter the older you get? My birthday always hovered around the last day of school. I recall those days fondly, especially when I was in elementary school. I would ride the bus home on that last day knowing that I had birthday presents waiting for me. ...

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Help! Extra Big Space in Common App Essay

Question: Yesterday I submitted my Common app to about eight schools. I couldn’t fix my Common App and there was a HUGE space in between one of the sentences. It still makes sense but looks like this. I am very concerned about it. Is it a big deal? I wish I hadn’t sent them but ...

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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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The Common Sense Common Application

Some of you have already set up your Common Application accounts. But if you haven’t done so, you had better get going! Don’t put off this important aspect of your college process. First go to the Common Application site. The instructions should be clear. Once you’ve picked your user name and password, be sure to ...

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Is a 600-Word Common Application Essay Too Long?

Question: My daughter’s Common App essay is about 600 words. It’s a good essay, very readable, thoughtful, and fun. But, the new essay rule is 250-500 words. I understand that this is to keep lengths down, because students were going on for pages and pages in an effort to impress. So I’m thinking that 600 ...

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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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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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Adolescent “Idiocy” and College Application Essay

Question: Adolescent idiocy – how do colleges view that? My 11th grade marks slipped very badly, simply because I was fool enough to ignore academics. But I honestly regret it, so how do I explain it to colleges? I was planning to write my essay on “growing up”….will it be acceptable? You can certainly write ...

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