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College Essays

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 thi...

Marty O'Connell on the Lessons this College Season Offered

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.08.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

College admissions offered a number of twists and turns this year to veteran college counselors-- but how was this year perceived by a college counsel...

The College Essay That Got One Student Accepted To All 8 Ivies

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 04.30.2014 | Teen

Long Island high school student Kwasi Enin will enroll at Yale University this fall after being accepted into all eight Ivy League schools. Here are e...

A Q and A On Everything College

Jeannie Borin | Posted 06.23.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Myths as rumors are often untrue and exasperate any situation. This is the case with the college admissions process as so many students and parents hear things that are just not the case.

International Students: Top 10 Tips for U.S. College Applications

Josh Stephens | Posted 06.18.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

The reward comes long after you've done the work. Don't wait until the night before -- or the month before -- to create a game plan.

The "Perfect" College Essay Does Not Exist

Jeannie Borin | Posted 06.15.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Why is it that colleges such as MIT ask students to discuss a time they failed or Yale asks students how they would like to improve? Perfection is not a requirement and it is from our errors along the way that we grow and learn.

Six Words of Advice for Parents of College-Bound Juniors

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.10.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It may be hard for parents to watch students struggle at first with this important task, just as it wasn't easy to watch them strike out at the plate, listen to their first violin solo or feel them let the clutch out too soon.

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.

Are You Ready For College Prep This Summer?

Jeannie Borin | Posted 05.26.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Although many decisions are made during senior year, it is best to begin the college process early. Here's a list of college prep action steps that will help students stay focused and on track.

G-Pa's Lessons

Write for the Future | Posted 05.20.2014 | College
Write for the Future

by Tyler Mackenzie I was a junior on the varsity basketball team and my minutes were decreasing to the point where I was barely in the game. I wa...

Action Steps for Early College Prep

Jeannie Borin | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

There are countless details involved in the college admissions process, and gaining the knowledge necessary in a timely manner is crucial to ultimately making the final decision on where you will attend.

Essential Reading for Writing the College Essay

Josh Stephens | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

Fortunately, Orwell, Zinsser, Lamott and all the rest demonstrate that high school doesn't necessarily matter. The process of learning to write never ends.

This Is The Role Of Parents In The College Application Process

Jeannie Borin | Posted 04.27.2014 | Fifty
Jeannie Borin

It's incredibly hard to believe that our kids are heading off to college or are already there. As parents, we reflect on their growing years, our involvement at their schools, at sporting events or making costumes for their plays.

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.

Justin Bieber's Out of Jail - But We're Not

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 03.27.2014 | Entertainment
Elizabeth Benedict

He's out of jail, but count on more Lohan-style encounters with the law, which, like labor contractions, will probably come more frequently the closer he gets to Full Meltdown. In the meantime, we might reflect on the prison where the rest of us dwell in...

What It's Like When You Have To Write An Essay

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 12.30.2013 | College

You've probably experienced it. Those long nights when there suddenly seems to be endless food to eat, dorm space to clean, Facebook pictures to p...

Applying to College Well Before Santa Comes? Ho, Ho, Ho!

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 02.03.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

January 1st is the next big deadline, just four weekends away -- and while there's lots to do with family and friends over Thanksgiving, there's even more fun and family and football once school is out.

College Applications and Thanksgiving

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

This holiday season brings plenty of good news for high school seniors. Thanksgiving is as late as it possibly can be, creating one more week to complete college applications before the holidays begin.

Incomplete College Applications? Been There, Faxed That

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

"Hu -- hello?" "Dr. O'Connor?" "Last time I checked, yes." "Dr. O'Connor, it's Robert again." "Hello Robert. What time is it?" "It's two AM, Dr....

The Secret to Essays (College Edition)

Yong-hun Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen
Yong-hun Kim

Eyes drooping and barely able to stay awake, she survives through the essay. Taking out a pen she prints: Waitlist... Pretty terrifying, huh?

Contrived Essay Prompts Constrain College Applicants

Josh Stephens | Posted 12.30.2013 | College
Josh Stephens

Though they may inspire interesting thought experiments, the Common App's five prompts cannot accommodate the full range of genius and idiosyncrasies that today's students, from plugger to genius, can exhibit.

Fights and Lessons

Write for the Future | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Write for the Future

by Ian Batts Two friends became enemies. Eric claimed I fouled him in a basketball game during recess. He pushed me. I pushed back. Blows followed....

Online Application Problems? There's a Healing App for That

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.18.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

"Dr. O'Connor?" "Hey, Michelle. Come on in. How's it going?" "Good. It looks like you're busy." "No, never for you. I've just been trying to su...

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.

A Source of Sensitivity

Write for the Future | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Write for the Future

by Nicole Hamilton The three of us were friends and known athletes on campus. We were talking as we stretched for the first day of relay practice,...