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College Application Essays

How to Make a College List for College Admissions

Ishan Puri | Posted 09.06.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Applying to college has become a science and students often ask us how to create their college list for college admissions. There are many approaches ...

Write My Essay: The New Business Model

Ursula Nwobu | Posted 08.04.2016 | Business
Ursula Nwobu

The interesting thing about the world is, it keeps changing. New demands keep springing up, new technologies, and new solutions to new problems. It's amazing how the world somehow fills a vacuum it creates itself and still moves on.

Apply Wisely: Not All About The Application Essays~Yale College to Admit More Students In Class Of 2021

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 07.19.2016 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

Part of being a successful applicant is choosing wisely where you'll apply. With our mania for applying to a dozen or even two dozen colleges, the idea of targeting your choices has lost out to strafing the landscape with applications.

The Hidden Perils of Applying to 'Reach' Colleges

Josh Stephens | Posted 06.28.2016 | College
Josh Stephens

Students who are serious about applying to ultra-selective schools need to affirmatively articulate - first to themselves, then to the colleges - reasons why schools should want to welcome them. Even so, no one gets in to ultra-selective without a little luck. "Reach" schools are reaches for everyone.

A Dozen Do's and Dont's for the 2016 Common Application College Essay Prompts

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 06.21.2016 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

Alongside my college counseling work, I've written six novels and taught creative writing to college students and adults for decades. You don't need to write a novel to get into college, but you do need to adopt some of the essentials of writing creatively to make your application essays sing.

The Quirkiest College App Essay Prompts Are Out: U. of Chicago Supplements

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 06.13.2016 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

The extra essays colleges and universities ask you to write, beyond the Common Application essay, contain a wealth of information -- for you, not just the colleges. And the most demanding and unusual questions invariably come out of the University of Chicago, where learning for its own sake is valued above all else.

College App News You Can Use: Essays, Applications, SATs

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 05.25.2016 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

This spring brings an abundance of big news into the relatively staid world of college applications and admissions for the upcoming season - for those applying to be part of the class of 2021. Students and parents will need to navigate quite a few new organizations, essays, and even tests.

How to Email Professors for Research Opportunities - College Counseling 101

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Many high school students interested in science would love the opportunity to research in a scientist's laboratory over the summer. Getting an interns...

How to Pick a College: Part 3 Academic Support (College Admissions)

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.09.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

By Alex Martel and Ishan Puri (See Part 2 Choosing a Major) Academic life loses its strict structure after high school, and the classroom can only g...

How to Pick a College: Part 1 Vibe

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.05.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

By Alex Martel and Ishan Puri You've likely managed a mental list of the pros and cons and been swayed a bit by relatives and teachers extending thei...

Insight into New University of California Application Essays (Part II)

Josh Stephens | Posted 04.28.2016 | College
Josh Stephens

Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.

Insight into New University of California Application Essays (Part I)

Josh Stephens | Posted 04.27.2016 | College
Josh Stephens

A few weeks ago, the University of California announced the retirement of its venerable set of application prompts, to be replaced by eight new "perso...

Best and Worst College Application Essay Prompts, Supplements and Common App Questions

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 12.22.2015 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

As the college application essay writing season draws to a close, with only a short time left before most regular applications are due, I'm looking back on some of the most interesting -- and most annoying -- essays prompts I've seen this year.

Biking from the Park to the Job

Write for the Future | Posted 12.04.2015 | College
Write for the Future

by Christopher Lassiter The first moment on the job deceives me. I glance around the deserted High Gear Cyclery shop, wondering if keeping myself ...

The Invincible Decision

Write for the Future | Posted 11.05.2015 | College
Write for the Future

Community and friends versus my own heart: At the end of freshman season, I had to choose between succumbing to the pressure of pleasing others and following my true interests. In looking back, I tapped into the courage I found when I began to negotiate the boundaries of stereotyping.

The Passion of the Applicant

Josh Stephens | Posted 10.23.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

For whatever reason, passion is the descriptor that has won the day. Colleges want to see it in spades: they want students to be dripping with, drenched in, and breathless with passion.

Why a Well-Written College Application Essay Isn't Enough

Elizabeth Dankoski | Posted 10.21.2015 | College
Elizabeth Dankoski

No one has any question about how hard you've worked. So, talking about your work ethic isn't really going to give you a leg up. It simply won't distinguish you from every other student with a strong work ethic.

The Barrel and the Bubble

Write for the Future | Posted 10.18.2015 | College
Write for the Future

If Gramps could create a better life after leaving his homeland in a barrel, I could handle smiling in a restaurant twice a week.

A Stolen Flute and the Search for Home

Write for the Future | Posted 10.11.2015 | College
Write for the Future

At 12, my family moved from Westchester, New York to Oak Park, Illinois. I felt like an outsider and hoped my love for music would connect me to a community of bandmates. On my first day, I opened my locker, reached for my flute and felt nothing.

Choose One Community

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 09.25.2016 | 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.

8 Ways to Help the Selfie Generation Write Better College Essays

Kate Klise | Posted 09.08.2016 | Education
Kate Klise

How can these students who are so skilled at taking selfies be so unskilled when it comes to painting an attractive self-portrait in words? The selfie generation is perfectly capable of writing their college essays. But we can help them find their best angle.

5 Traps for Parents to Avoid During College-Essay Season

Douglas Danoff | Posted 08.18.2016 | Parents
Douglas Danoff

You're not alone in feeling like you're walking through a treacherous jungle this time of year. When it comes to the college-application essays, many parents believe they're stepping forward onto firm ground, only to discover that they've landed themselves -- and their son or daughter -- in quicksand.

10 College Application Tips: How to Write for Tired Eyes

Ruth Starkman | Posted 08.17.2016 | College
Ruth Starkman

Be in the spotlight. Avoid long descriptions of others, or lists of heroes. A brief mention is fine, but keep yourself center stage. We are eager to meet you, so don't bring a crowd. We only have enough focus for you.