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Entries by Josh Stephens from 10/2013

Hacking the Common App Essay Prompts, Pt. I

| Posted 10.03.2013 | College

One of Mark Twain's great apocryphal quotes is that students "shouldn't let school get in the way of their education." He could have said much the same for this year's Common Application essay prompts and the essays that must conform to them.

Hacking the Common App Essay Prompts, Pt. II

| Posted 10.06.2013 | College

Essays about family often commit the error of what I call asymmetrical importance. What is important to the writer (his mom, dad, siblings, pets) often holds zero meaning for the detached reader.

Contrived Essay Prompts Constrain College Applicants

| Posted 10.30.2013 | College

Though they may inspire interesting thought experiments, the Common App's five prompts cannot accommodate the full range of genius and idiosyncrasies that today's students, from plugger to genius, can exhibit.