Like it or not, the vast majority of colleges and universities require some form of essay, whether it be a personal statement or a response to a provided prompt. Here are some strategies to successfully land on a topic:
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.
With college applications due, my seniors are asking for help with their personal statements and I am finding out the depths of what they have endured. It's sad and sometimes, even after 20 years, shocking.