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College Admissions Essay

An Education That Starts With Morning Rhythms

Write for the Future | Posted 04.12.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

School for me does not start in the classroom. My lessons begin the minute I leave my house. My commute now shapes my identity in ways I never imagined when I decided to attend high school in the heart of Chicago.

Common App Overhauls Essay Prompts

Josh Stephens | Posted 04.01.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

The Common App released today a long-anticipated new set of prompts for the main essay (also known as the "personal statement"). They replace prompts that were instituted as part of the 2013 redesign of the Common App.

Saved by the Television Station

Write for the Future | Posted 03.21.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

My principal thought I should stick to sports when I approached him with the idea of Redwood TV, telling me, "Redwood TV will end up being a waste of your time and the school's time." I proved him wrong, and he is now one of the strongest supporters of the station.

First Job Blues: Battles and Lifelong Lessons

Write for the Future | Posted 03.13.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

I work very well with others and have always easily got along with most people. Given my personality, I never thought being a waitress at a retirement community restaurant would pose such a difficult challenge.

Good Habits Live Long

Write for the Future | Posted 03.04.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

My identity and story are built on passions and habits. For example, something in my mind and body prevents me from falling asleep without reading the hard copy of the front page of The New York Times every night.

Twin Views of George Washington University

Write for the Future | Posted 04.22.2015 | College
Write for the Future

It was love at the first class. I started studying French in sixth grade and it became my passion. Whenever I was alone, I spoke to myself in French. Eventually, thinking in French became second nature. French classes were not enough.

The Character of My Boat

Write for the Future | Posted 03.18.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

Boats are like movie cameras and can grow into films or stories themselves. When you think a boat's life is over -- dead, think again; its ending grows into a new beginning. Boats can have many lives, as long as their captain has a dream and a good work ethic.

Introducing: The College Essay Project

The Huffington Post | Taylor Trudon | Posted 01.15.2015 | Teen

Applying to college is more competitive than ever before. With elite schools rejecting up to 95 percent of applicants, there's a lot of pressure to ge...

The Essay About My Sexuality That Helped Me Get Into College

Posted 01.15.2015 | Teen

We believe your college essay is more than just a Word document saved on your desktop and deserves to be shared. That's why HuffPost Teen is featuring...

Saving the Tempo

Write for the Future | Posted 03.11.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

by Kyndall Ashe "We're leaving." "Leaving?" "Leaving." His voice struck me like a bullet through a wall of glass, shattering the peace I felt i...

Supplemental Essays: Amherst and Duke

Write for the Future | Posted 02.17.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

Write for the Future essayists Anton Kliot (left) and Calvin Thompson (right) Amherst Supplemental Essays By Anton Kliot Amherst gave applicants t...

Faith & Science: Stages For My Imagination

Write for the Future | Posted 02.11.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

By Laura Telfer I take a deep breath, close my eyes, and unlock my imagination. I allow my mind and body to become one, harmonize with my surroundin...

The Choreography of My Dreams

Write for the Future | Posted 02.07.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

By June Liu As I adjust my tutu backstage and stare down at my bare feet, the combination strikes me as odd. Doesn't a performance of "La Esmeralda"...

How Many College Apps (and College App Essays) Are Too Many?

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 01.18.2015 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

It's not up to applicants to make the college admissions officers' lives easier, but it is important for applicants, and their families, to understand the big picture.

Your Early Decision Applications Have Been Submitted... What Next?

Robert S. Schwartz | Posted 01.03.2015 | College
Robert S. Schwartz

November 1st has come and gone, and with it your Early Decision applications. Before you tackle the rest of your application essays take stock of where you are in the process. Here are five tips to make the next eight weeks easier and stress-free (and have you done by Christmas).

7 Cliché College Application Essays You Should Avoid

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 12.18.2014 | College
Gianna Sen-Gupta

So how do you distinguish yourself from the sea of other applicants in your personal statement? It all starts with the right topic that simultaneously shows your ability to write well while painting a picture of who you are in a simple and authentic fashion.

The Most Overhyped Component of College Admissions

Ishan Puri | Posted 11.02.2014 | College
Ishan Puri

From our experience helping 5,000 students through workshops and individually through the process, we conclude that the major selection is the most overrated entry on the common application.

Saving a Piece of a Family Portrait

Write for the Future | Posted 10.29.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Alyssa Morgan It's raining when I go into the subway station, but snowing when I exit. When I see the flakes I immediately reach for my camera, s...

The Courtroom Comeback

Write for the Future | Posted 09.17.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

by Calvin Thompson I had always been at home with a podium in my hands, the crowd hanging on my every word. I never feared speaking in front of peop...

The Truth About Getting Ahead: Starting College Applications in the Summer

Kat Cohen | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Kat Cohen

With more writing and less time to complete it all before early and regular decision deadlines, is it wise for students to build some essay-writing time into their summer breaks?

Saturday Mornings Like Poetry

Write for the Future | Posted 08.27.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

by Ryan Shepard I remember when Saturday mornings were like poetry: the rainbow colored fruity pebbles sitting in my spoon, a fluffy teddy bear bri...

From JFK to Kwasi Enin: The College Admissions Application Essay Grows Up

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 08.19.2014 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

These essays have come a long way since 1935, when John F. Kennedy's succinct, handwritten and utterly unoriginal paragraph was enough to get him into his father's alma mater, answering the question: "Why do you wish to go to Harvard?"

Maximize Your Summer

Ishan Puri | Posted 08.09.2014 | Education
Ishan Puri

Around the nation, the summer sun dawns a new beginning and change of pace. High school students ask the perennial question: "What should I be doing?"...

Never too Early to Nurture a Writer's Voice

Write for the Future | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Cora Daniels As parents, we often obsess over firsts. Will Johnny be the first among peers to start walking? Talking? Reading? Yet how many of us ...

Conversations on Admitting: A Journey from Community College to the Helm of Admissions

Write for the Future | Posted 07.01.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

by David J Dent "Certainly experiencing life as a poor kid from the inner-city gives me a sensitivity to explain to the other staff members who have,...