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Personal Statements

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.