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600 Words Of Legit Narcissism: The College Essay

Nasir Fleming | Posted 01.05.2015 | Teen
Nasir Fleming

Right now is the time of year when self-reflection and talking about yourself is acceptable. Instead of annoying your peers with your awkward quirks on social media, direct them in an essay for your admissions counselor.

The Answers Always Lead to New Questions

Write for the Future | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Write for the Future

by Justin Sapp "Justin, come down for breakfast." I hated my brother's impersonation of Mom's morning screech. He seemed to think he was the third...

What Makes a Great College Essay

Jeannie Borin | Posted 04.23.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

A great college essay is more than a good story.

7 Things to do Instead of Writing College Essays

Joseph Dobson | Posted 12.18.2013 | Teen
Joseph Dobson

As a senior in high school, I spend a lot of my time on college applications, but more so doing anything I can to push them off a little bit longer. So, procrastinating just a little more, here's a list of things to do instead of writing college essays.

The Gift of a Little Brother

Write for the Future | Posted 11.25.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Arianna Francis Little brother? He's a boy. At seven, I cried and cried when I discovered the little sister I always wanted would be a boy. I al...

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.

The 7 Worst College Application Clichés (And How To Avoid Them)

| Posted 09.17.2013 | Teen

By Kate Moriarty Now that senior year is underway, only one thing stands between you and your totally awesome collegiette years: college applicatio...

6 Lessons We Can Learn From Gossip Girl

Courtland Thomas | Posted 10.12.2013 | College
Courtland Thomas

Avoid the "I was lost, and now I'm found" confession, and don't try the "I have a complicated past" essay prompt unless you can really pull it off. College admission officers don't want to read about highly vivid descriptions of illegal substances.

A Chinese-Jewish Christmas

Write for the Future | Posted 10.01.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Saru Nanda I am a Hindu who always wanted to trade in her religion during one month of the year: December. I could never resist my adoration of Ch...

The Essay Will Save You!

Suzanne Hegland | Posted 05.14.2013 | College
Suzanne Hegland

Boston College has decided they'd like to see applications only from students who are truly interested in attending Boston College. And how will they achieve this? You guessed it - by requiring their applicants to compose a thoughtful, revealing supplementary essay.

'So, The Common App Is Done... What's Next?'

Toshe Ayo-Ariyo | Posted 03.31.2013 | Teen
Toshe Ayo-Ariyo

My laptop became my best friend, accompanying me everywhere I went: on the car ride to San Diego with my family, on trips to the grocery store. I didn't want to waste any opportunity to edit and improve my essays.

8 Essential Tips For Writing Your College Essay

tv | Posted 12.10.2012 | Teen

By Sierra Tishgart Get personal! But not too personal! Avoid controversial topics! But be daring! It seems that everyone in your life -- your pare...

5 Things You Shouldn’t Put In Your College App Essay

usa | Posted 11.21.2012 | Teen

By Jon Fortenbury, USA TODAY College College application essays scare most of us. Even if you consider yourself a pretty good writer, the though...

College Essay Hell

Nya Marie | Posted 12.25.2012 | Teen
Nya Marie

It may be a long and difficult process and it may seem unfair, but if it weren't for the college essay, we'd be nothing but a compilation of our transcript and standardized tests.

Editing Your College Essay: The 3 P's

Courtland Thomas | Posted 12.08.2012 | College
Courtland Thomas

The process of editing one's personal college essay is very similar to how one manually applies the shine to their car, or add a coat of finishing gel to their recently-painted fingernails. It's all about patience, persistence and perspective.

Writing the Perfect Paper: 8 Tips From the Experts

Louise Hodgson | Posted 10.21.2012 | College
Louise Hodgson

Beginning college in the fall? Want some tips on how to achieve high grades in your term papers?

Dos and Don'ts in Writing College Application Essays

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 09.30.2012 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

College admissions deans have admitted repeatedly that poorly written essays can "do in" a student with top grades and test scores and that great essays can sometimes turn the tide toward acceptance for a student with less-than-stellar grades and test scores.

How To Write The Perfect Essay In No Time

Ryan Holiday | Posted 07.30.2012 | College
Ryan Holiday

Here is a paper-writing system that does all your work for you. See if you can beat the record: an 8 page paper in 3 hours... with a nice big A+ stamped on the front.

Zen and the Art of Writing Your College Application Essay

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 10.15.2011 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

Often, writing short is harder than writing long: the word limit forces us to get to the point, which is hard to do if you're not sure what it is. I know that even now, without these tricks and guidelines, I'm lost.

The 7 Worst Types Of College Admission Essays (Slideshow)

Liz O'Neill | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Liz O'Neill

For every tortured college applicant, there's a tortured admissions professional sifting through an entire forest of paper looking for an essay that doesn't scream with gimmick.