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College Essay

BS/MD Programs: Visions For Acceptance

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.29.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

By Pooja and Ishan The Synocate Pyramid is a mental model for college admission - at the base is academics, in the middle is activites, and at the to...

Common App Essay Prompts-Help Getting Started

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 06.08.2016 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

There are more relaxing ways to spend summer vacation than worrying about Common App essays, personal statements, and the whole assortment of supplements coming up, but summer can also be a great time to actually do some of the essays -- and put them behind you.

Why The Costco Essay Is Crucial Reading for Future College Applicants (And Also Why It's Not)

Stacey Brook | Posted 04.13.2016 | College
Stacey Brook

It is crucial to internalize that this Costco essay represents just one example of an approach that might work in a winning admissions essay. You'll know when you've found the right combination of topic, voice and style, be they oversized or a bit more subdued.

Don't Ghostwrite College Application Essays

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 09.25.2015 | College
Rebecca Joseph

All students, regardless of socioeconomic status, struggle with this process. It is not natural, and it is often the first time they have had to advocate for themselves in writing.

3 Tips For the Common App Essay

Brett Murphy Hunt | Posted 08.28.2015 | College
Brett Murphy Hunt

Throughout the years, I've worked on numerous college application essays with my students. While you know you have to proofread, you may not be aware of these other three tips for success. Read on to learn what to keep in mind as you begin this journey.

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

Not Just the College App Essay: 'Where Else Are You Applying?'

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

Many of us feel the college app process isn't complicated or stressful enough (NOT!), so the good people at the Common Application, which creates and oversees the application you love so much (NOT!), announced a new question for the upcoming season that has sparked a lot of debate.

5 Myths About Private Tutoring

Brett Murphy Hunt | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Brett Murphy Hunt

Whether or not to hire a tutor is a decision that many parents face. However, tutoring can often be misunderstood. Here are some misconceptions:

My Gap Year Gone Wrong: A College Essay

Sam Johnson | Posted 02.02.2015 | Comedy
Sam Johnson

Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If t...

Merging Lenses: Humanities and Science

Write for the Future | Posted 01.15.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

I was in Egypt a year before the Arab Spring and saw deeply rooted social divisions well before the country cracked like an egg in January 2011. I stepped off of the plane into blistering Egyptian heat to meet my tour guide, Tarek. I

Challenging the Uneasy in Real Life and Fiction

Write for the Future | Posted 12.03.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

I first met Ken and Phillip the night before at a gathering on the Norwegian Gem Christmas cruise. The gathering seemed almost too good to be true. Eight teenagers began the evening as strangers and, within minutes, we were talking comfortably.

Fit for Me

Write for the Future | Posted 10.15.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Marlena Rubenstein At 12, I could barely run across the gym without gasping for breath. So if someone had predicted that I would one day run 3.1 ...

Wrestling with Collaboration and Individualism

Write for the Future | Posted 10.08.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

Well, I can jump too. I nervously hop and throw on a tough face, subconsciously (or maybe not) imitating him. However, I lack that little secret he seems to hold which bolsters his confidence. Welcome to my first high school wrestling match.

5 Pieces of Good News From a College Admissions Application Essay Counselor

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 08.30.2014 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

If you're not going to tackle any of the essays, make a chart of the schools you plan to apply to and the essay prompts required at each, with the number of words and the due dates.

Passion over Pitfalls: The Art of the College Essay

Madeline Diamond | Posted 08.16.2014 | College
Madeline Diamond

With some of the most competitive schools in the country, such as UCLA, UC Berkeley, and NYU, all receiving over 40,000 applications each year, there is clear pressure for applicants to stand out, and the personal essay is often the time to do so.

A Tale of Two Families

Write for the Future | Posted 08.06.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Ryan Colella The words "military" and "Indiana" scared me at first. I could not imagine myself in a state that felt foreign when my parents told ...

It's Not Easy Being Green

Write for the Future | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Chris Drakeford "It's not easy being green," In today's world, green is everywhere from supermarkets to car showrooms. But to be honest, I had not...

Hallways of Trouble and Classrooms of Success

Write for the Future | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By: Jakobi Jackson Scene One: The Hallway of Trouble. "Hey you, I heard you were talking about me, bitch!" Mya yelled. She rushed straight to Susan a...

Engaging Extracurriculars

Write for the Future | Posted 06.18.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

Twice a month the members of "pitch" sit in a quiet dark room during lunch. Every face assumes a blank stare for five minutes, as we sit in silence. ...

Bringing a Global Perspective to Campus

Write for the Future | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

Given your interests, values and goals, explain why Oberlin College will help you grow (as a student and a person) during your undergraduate years. (3...

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-six s...

Why Northwestern?

Write for the Future | Posted 05.29.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

by Hannah Kliot Junior year: I am in my bed reading Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, my mind wrestling to understand how two people could conspire to ...

My Reconciliation with the A-Word

Write for the Future | Posted 05.13.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Justin Schnell Two months before my Bar Mitzvah, I secretly went to my computer and googled "don't believe in God." I was driven to Google when I ...

My Friends - the Notebooks

Write for the Future | Posted 05.07.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Romea Noel My notebooks and I are inseparable. Look inside and you will find stories from a girl with a heart and a mind of her own. When I write,...

1000 Characters on a Work Experience

Write for the Future | Posted 04.29.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

Some people might not find managing the flow of golf carts exciting, but I do. The summer after my junior year, I began my first and current job as a ...