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Hacking the Common App Essay Prompts, Pt. II

Josh Stephens | Posted 12.06.2013 | College
Josh Stephens

Essays about family often commit the error of what I call asymmetrical importance. What is important to the writer (his mom, dad, siblings, pets) often holds zero meaning for the detached reader.

What The Common App Is (And How To Make Yours Amazing)

| Posted 09.26.2013 | Teen

By Nicole Knoebel Applying to college is a stressful whirlwind of trying to figure out where you belong, which programs best fit your academic goa...

Look Out High School Juniors: Changes Are Coming to the Common App

Billy Wheelan | Posted 04.26.2013 | College
Billy Wheelan

Beginning August 1, 2013, students will no longer be able to select "topic of your choice" for their personal statement. Instead, students will choose from 4-5 new essay prompts that are set to change each year.


Erica DeMichiel | Posted 03.26.2013 | Teen
Erica DeMichiel

One night, I snapped. In my fit of stress, I vowed to create a monster that could be programmed as the ideal college applicant: diligent, cerebral, outgoing, and, of course, very persuasive as an essayist.