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College Admissions Essay

The Courtroom Comeback

Write for the Future | Posted 07.18.2014 | 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 07.16.2014 | 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 06.27.2014 | 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 06.19.2014 | 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 06.09.2014 | 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,...

Conversations on Admitting: One-on-One with a Harvard Admissions Officer

Write for the Future | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By David Dent "When we're reading applications, the essay is usually the piece of the application that we get most excited about." -Jennifer Gandy, ...

Poetry and Basketball Defeat a Scar

Write for the Future | Posted 06.03.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Zenobya Clarke When I was three, I fell off a couch and hit my head on the edge of a coffee table. My face was busted open; I needed twenty-si...

The Morning After: Ivy League Hangovers, College App Essays and SATs

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 05.28.2014 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

As someone who works with many dozens of hopeful high school seniors every year, yesterday, waiting for the Ivies to make their announcements, was a stressful day.

Writing off the SAT

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 05.11.2014 | Comedy
Rob Hiaasen

I don't mean to be disdainful or rancorous. But can't you empathize or at least compromise? Wouldn't it have been more prudent and less impetuous to maintain the essay requirement so that precocious, novice students stand a chance to exhibit their resiliency and aesthetic?

A Speck of Dust, Stars and My Life

Write for the Future | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Write for the Future

by Imani Graham I feel guilty not wanting to be the space aviator Daddy always wanted. In his stories, I was Commander Imani and my little brother wa...

Why 'Being Yourself' Is Harder Than It Looks

Theodore Li | Posted 09.28.2013 | Teen
Theodore Li

"Write about your interests," they say. "Write about the programs you've attended," they say. But it's not that simple. It's never that simple.

Keys to My Passion

Write for the Future | Posted 08.11.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by David Webster I stare from afar at the big beast that stands in my living room, intimidated by its beauty, and uncertain of what may happen if ...

Writing College Application Essays on Summer Vacay? Yes.

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 08.11.2013 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

Sorry, kids, there's homework. And for rising seniors, it's high-stakes homework. It's an assignment that will probably rattle plenty of nerves -- and might even ignite a squabble or two between parents and kids. It's the infamous Common Application essay.

Lessons from a Bully

Write for the Future | Posted 07.13.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Marquis Lockett Death is the only word that could explain the looks on their faces. I wanted to...

Why Northwestern: Normal and Smart

Write for the Future | Posted 06.23.2013 | College
Write for the Future

I have looked at all aspects of Wildcat life. I have studied the list of clubs and know that I will not have difficulty in finding clubs to join.

Raising My Voice on Gay Marriage in a Catholic School

Write for the Future | Posted 06.18.2013 | College
Write for the Future

I replaced my traditional Catholic school uniform with a shirt that read: "Some dudes marry dudes. Get over it." Once I arrived at school, I immediately noticed the stares and heard not-so-subtle whispers from passers-by.

The Truth About College Admissions Essays

Kat Cohen | Posted 11.18.2012 | College
Kat Cohen

Colleges don't ask you to write essays because they want to make you miserable, they are asking because they want to hear from you! They want to get to know your background, interests, goals, triumphs, failures, likes, and aversions in your own voice.