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College Admissions Essay

Supplemental Essays: Amherst and Duke

Write for the Future | Posted 12.19.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

Write for the Future essayists Anton Kliot (left) and Calvin Thompson (right) Amherst Supplemental Essays By Anton Kliot Amherst gave applicants t...

Faith & Science: Stages For My Imagination

Write for the Future | Posted 12.12.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Laura Telfer I take a deep breath, close my eyes, and unlock my imagination. I allow my mind and body to become one, harmonize with my surroundin...

The Choreography of My Dreams

Write for the Future | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By June Liu As I adjust my tutu backstage and stare down at my bare feet, the combination strikes me as odd. Doesn't a performance of "La Esmeralda"...

How Many College Apps (and College App Essays) Are Too Many?

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 11.18.2014 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

It's not up to applicants to make the college admissions officers' lives easier, but it is important for applicants, and their families, to understand the big picture.

Your Early Decision Applications Have Been Submitted... What Next?

Robert S. Schwartz | Posted 11.03.2014 | College
Robert S. Schwartz

November 1st has come and gone, and with it your Early Decision applications. Before you tackle the rest of your application essays take stock of where you are in the process. Here are five tips to make the next eight weeks easier and stress-free (and have you done by Christmas).

7 Cliché College Application Essays You Should Avoid

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 12.18.2014 | College
Gianna Sen-Gupta

So how do you distinguish yourself from the sea of other applicants in your personal statement? It all starts with the right topic that simultaneously shows your ability to write well while painting a picture of who you are in a simple and authentic fashion.

The Most Overhyped Component of College Admissions

Ishan Puri | Posted 11.02.2014 | College
Ishan Puri

From our experience helping 5,000 students through workshops and individually through the process, we conclude that the major selection is the most overrated entry on the common application.

Saving a Piece of a Family Portrait

Write for the Future | Posted 10.29.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Alyssa Morgan It's raining when I go into the subway station, but snowing when I exit. When I see the flakes I immediately reach for my camera, s...

The Courtroom Comeback

Write for the Future | Posted 09.17.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

by Calvin Thompson I had always been at home with a podium in my hands, the crowd hanging on my every word. I never feared speaking in front of peop...

The Truth About Getting Ahead: Starting College Applications in the Summer

Kat Cohen | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Kat Cohen

With more writing and less time to complete it all before early and regular decision deadlines, is it wise for students to build some essay-writing time into their summer breaks?

Saturday Mornings Like Poetry

Write for the Future | Posted 08.27.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

by Ryan Shepard I remember when Saturday mornings were like poetry: the rainbow colored fruity pebbles sitting in my spoon, a fluffy teddy bear bri...

From JFK to Kwasi Enin: The College Admissions Application Essay Grows Up

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 08.19.2014 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

These essays have come a long way since 1935, when John F. Kennedy's succinct, handwritten and utterly unoriginal paragraph was enough to get him into his father's alma mater, answering the question: "Why do you wish to go to Harvard?"

Maximize Your Summer

Ishan Puri | Posted 08.09.2014 | Education
Ishan Puri

Around the nation, the summer sun dawns a new beginning and change of pace. High school students ask the perennial question: "What should I be doing?"...

Never too Early to Nurture a Writer's Voice

Write for the Future | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Cora Daniels As parents, we often obsess over firsts. Will Johnny be the first among peers to start walking? Talking? Reading? Yet how many of us ...

Conversations on Admitting: A Journey from Community College to the Helm of Admissions

Write for the Future | Posted 07.01.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

by David J Dent "Certainly experiencing life as a poor kid from the inner-city gives me a sensitivity to explain to the other staff members who have,...

Conversations on Admitting: One-on-One with a Harvard Admissions Officer

Write for the Future | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By David Dent "When we're reading applications, the essay is usually the piece of the application that we get most excited about." -Jennifer Gandy, ...

Poetry and Basketball Defeat a Scar

Write for the Future | Posted 06.03.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Zenobya Clarke When I was three, I fell off a couch and hit my head on the edge of a coffee table. My face was busted open; I needed twenty-si...

The Morning After: Ivy League Hangovers, College App Essays and SATs

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 05.28.2014 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

As someone who works with many dozens of hopeful high school seniors every year, yesterday, waiting for the Ivies to make their announcements, was a stressful day.

Writing off the SAT

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 05.11.2014 | Comedy
Rob Hiaasen

I don't mean to be disdainful or rancorous. But can't you empathize or at least compromise? Wouldn't it have been more prudent and less impetuous to maintain the essay requirement so that precocious, novice students stand a chance to exhibit their resiliency and aesthetic?

A Speck of Dust, Stars and My Life

Write for the Future | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Write for the Future

by Imani Graham I feel guilty not wanting to be the space aviator Daddy always wanted. In his stories, I was Commander Imani and my little brother wa...

Why 'Being Yourself' Is Harder Than It Looks

Theodore Li | Posted 09.28.2013 | Teen
Theodore Li

"Write about your interests," they say. "Write about the programs you've attended," they say. But it's not that simple. It's never that simple.

Keys to My Passion

Write for the Future | Posted 08.11.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by David Webster I stare from afar at the big beast that stands in my living room, intimidated by its beauty, and uncertain of what may happen if ...

Writing College Application Essays on Summer Vacay? Yes.

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 08.11.2013 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

Sorry, kids, there's homework. And for rising seniors, it's high-stakes homework. It's an assignment that will probably rattle plenty of nerves -- and might even ignite a squabble or two between parents and kids. It's the infamous Common Application essay.

Lessons from a Bully

Write for the Future | Posted 07.13.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Marquis Lockett Death is the only word that could explain the looks on their faces. I wanted to...

Why Northwestern: Normal and Smart

Write for the Future | Posted 06.23.2013 | College
Write for the Future

I have looked at all aspects of Wildcat life. I have studied the list of clubs and know that I will not have difficulty in finding clubs to join.