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Common App Essay

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.

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.

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.

10 Simple Tips for Staying Sane While Writing College Application Essays

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 07.07.2016 | 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.

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.

New Common Application 'a Monstrosity'? I Don't Think So

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 11.02.2013 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

I was taken aback to see this global take-down of the new Common Application on Twitter this morning, by a college counselor. A quote from his article: "The new Common App is a monstrosity."

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."

Five Reason Why You Should Set Aside Your Surfboard and Write Your Common Application Essay Now

Robert S. Schwartz | Posted 09.11.2012 | College
Robert S. Schwartz

This summer, my phone has been ringing more than usual with rising seniors looking to get their college application essays "saved" and out of the way. So here's 5 reasons why those smart, motivated students definitely have the right idea.