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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.

Advice on College Application Essay Writing

Kevin Liu | Posted 08.23.2015 | College
Kevin Liu

Because one essay will be a testament to your passions, strengths and character, it can be an important component of the application. Thus, it is worth spending some time to compose something that accurately represents you, and stands out against the backdrop of other applicants

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.

10 Simple Tips for Staying Sane While Writing College Application Essays

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 07.07.2015 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

It's as though all the wisdom on any subject can be contained in these simple, breezy lines -- and who knows, maybe they can be. These are general guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Not every applicant will be able to do these in this order and some may be more relevant than others.

Common App College Essay Prompts 2.0 - They're Here!

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 06.01.2015 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

This is big news in the college application world. It's not quite landing on the moon or Beyoncé having a baby, but the twitosphere is aflame this morning.

Like Uncle, Like Brother

Write for the Future | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

Through Dan, I have learned that compassion isn't inherited, or taught at school, but rather something that is gained through experiences with people. My experiences with him have formed my appreciation of others and my ability to see the unique gifts of individuals.

The Football Way

Write for the Future | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

Whether I'm creating campaigns for Marriott to reach Generation Y, or selling solar water heaters in impoverished African villages, I view the challenges in my life as if they were playing out on an imaginary football field.

Grieve, Grumble and Get Up: Time for More College App Essays

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 02.10.2015 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

As I write this, students I know are waiting to hear from dozens of schools, and many have already heard from a vast array of colleges and universities, from Arizona State to Temple and the University of Pittsburgh.

Advice from College Students on Writing the College Application Essay

David Ongchoco | Posted 02.07.2015 | College
David Ongchoco

Writing the college essay is easier said than done so I went ahead and asked current college students and College Admission Mentor for Peers (CAMP) Philippines mentors for advice on writing the dreaded college application essay.

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.

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?"

Teachable Moments: Kwasi Enin's College Application Essay

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 06.04.2014 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

There are simply not enough places at these few schools for all the students with perfect grades and perfect scores. Which brings me to Kwasi's essay, what it reveals about him, and what it reveals about what top schools seem to be looking for.

Confessions of a College Application Essay Coach

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 11.18.2013 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

The killer personal statement, now a hot commodity, may be the most popular literary genre on our virtual shelves, at least between July and November of every year.

I Heart the College Admissions Essay Prompts on the New Common Application

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 10.09.2013 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

From all I've seen, one part of the new application that is a big success is the list of new essay prompts. It's definitely a case of "new and improved."

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.

Plan, Don't Panic: 7 1/2 Tips for Your College Application Essays (There Isn't Just One!)

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 10.29.2012 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

How important is your college application essay? My favorite comment from an admissions officer in a top college says it all: "A good essay can heal the sick but it can't raise the dead."

Novelists and the College Application Essay

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 11.16.2012 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

Yes, it's true that fiction writers "make things up," but there are many other elements essential to writing fiction that apply just as certainly to college application essays.