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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.

The Essay About My Sexuality That Helped Me Get Into College

Posted 01.15.2015 | Teen

We believe your college essay is more than just a Word document saved on your desktop and deserves to be shared. That's why HuffPost Teen is featuring...

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.

How to Select a Topic for Your College Admissions Essay

Chuck Cohn | Posted 04.06.2014 | College
Chuck Cohn

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:

Editing Your College Essay: The 3 P's

Courtland Thomas | Posted 12.08.2012 | College
Courtland Thomas

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.

How To Write The Perfect Personal Statement

Alex Dyer | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Remember, you'll be up against thousands of others who are also pitching their case to the universities, so whatever you write needs to be good.

4 Tips to Getting Started on Your Personal Statements

Courtland Thomas | Posted 09.23.2012 | College
Courtland Thomas

Remember: Even Pulitzer Prize winning essays started off as something minuscule. On its own, a topic is just that -- a topic. It's up to you to make it come alive.

All The Reasons My Students Should Not Succeed

Larry Strauss | Posted 12.13.2011 | Education
Larry Strauss

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.