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Write for the Future | Posted 10.04.2015 | College
Write for the Future

We believe in the right to education. We are the backbone of the Riverdale's Pencils of Promise club.

Lessons From Both Sides of the Family

Write for the Future | Posted 10.04.2015 | College
Write for the Future

by Bijan Saboori The plane lands at a small airport surrounded by dead yellow grass. Endless old beaten-down cars and trucks speed down the highway...

An Influence that Lives Far Beyond Death

Write for the Future | Posted 09.26.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

Despite the loss, I persevered. I decided to be the change we had so desperately wanted to see in the world. My dad was someone who listened. So to honor him now, I took his advice and assumed the strength of Assata Shakur. In doing so, I embraced the roots he planted. When my father died, an activist was born.

Brown Supplements

Write for the Future | Posted 09.26.2015 | College
Write for the Future

I was eight years old when I described to my mom the kind of college I wanted to attend. She said I was describing Brown, and the school has been my first choice ever since. I have not upheld most of the ideas I had at that age. However, my feelings for Brown have only grown stronger.

Tufts Supplements

Write for the Future | Posted 09.13.2015 | College
Write for the Future

by Tess Jacobson Which aspects of Tufts' curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short: "Why Tufts?" (50-100 words) ...

Middle Child Girl Power

Write for the Future | Posted 07.26.2015 | College
Write for the Future

was exhausted, frustrated, but refused to release the smile on my face. For two hours, I repeated the words "circle", "triangle" and "square" as I stood before a classroom in a small school in the Floating Villages of Cambodia.

A Rough Field for Everything... Everything but Race

Write for the Future | Posted 07.17.2015 | College
Write for the Future

Unfortunately, I will probably spend my whole life disproving the stereotypes inside the minds of others. I will be forced to carry myself in a clean cut way that does not promote any triggers of black male stereotypes. In doing so, I will continue to be praised as an exception with compliments that don't feel like real compliments.

Ask 'Why Cornell,' and My Answer Starts With an iPod

Write for the Future | Posted 05.01.2015 | College
Write for the Future

My versatility does not end with my iPod -- it trickles into my academic life from history to math. I am drawn to Cornell's College of Arts and Science for the opportunity to explore my diverse academic interests.

An Education That Starts With Morning Rhythms

Write for the Future | Posted 06.11.2015 | 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 05.31.2015 | 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 05.20.2015 | 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 05.13.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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.