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College Admissions Essays

I Can Tell You Now -- Their Essays Were Meh

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.19.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

This is the second year in a row college admissions officers have told me that application essays, as a group, were pretty disappointing. They use phrases like "they're writing too safe" and "we appreciate the effort," but what they mean is clear; they were given celery when they were looking for steak.

Writing College Essays: 7 Tips With An Emphasis on the 'Writing' Part

Courtland Thomas | Posted 10.06.2012 | College
Courtland Thomas

You want something that captures your emotions and bottles your thoughts into an Aladdin mantle lamp to hand to the admissions officer, and your writing is the strongest way to land in the heart of your reader.