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5 Pieces of Good News From a College Admissions Application Essay Counselor

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 06.30.2014 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

If you're not going to tackle any of the essays, make a chart of the schools you plan to apply to and the essay prompts required at each, with the number of words and the due dates.

Passion over Pitfalls: The Art of the College Essay

Madeline Diamond | Posted 06.16.2014 | College
Madeline Diamond

With some of the most competitive schools in the country, such as UCLA, UC Berkeley, and NYU, all receiving over 40,000 applications each year, there is clear pressure for applicants to stand out, and the personal essay is often the time to do so.

A Tale of Two Families

Write for the Future | Posted 06.06.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Ryan Colella The words "military" and "Indiana" scared me at first. I could not imagine myself in a state that felt foreign when my parents tol...

It's Not Easy Being Green

Write for the Future | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Chris Drakeford "It's not easy being green," In today's world, green is everywhere from supermarkets to car showrooms. But to be honest, I had n...

Hallways of Trouble and Classrooms of Success

Write for the Future | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By: Jakobi Jackson Scene One: The Hallway of Trouble. "Hey you, I heard you were talking about me, bitch!" Mya yelled. She rushed straight to Susan...

Engaging Extracurriculars

Write for the Future | Posted 06.18.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

Twice a month the members of "pitch" sit in a quiet dark room during lunch. Every face assumes a blank stare for five minutes, as we sit in silence....

Bringing a Global Perspective to Campus

Write for the Future | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

Given your interests, values and goals, explain why Oberlin College will help you grow (as a student and a person) during your undergraduate years....

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...

Why Northwestern?

Write for the Future | Posted 05.29.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

by Hannah Kliot Junior year: I am in my bed reading Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, my mind wrestling to understand how two people could conspire t...

My Reconciliation with the A-Word

Write for the Future | Posted 05.13.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Justin Schnell Two months before my Bar Mitzvah, I secretly went to my computer and googled "don't believe in God." I was driven to Google when ...

My Friends - the Notebooks

Write for the Future | Posted 05.07.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Romea Noel My notebooks and I are inseparable. Look inside and you will find stories from a girl with a heart and a mind of her own. When I writ...

1000 Characters on a Work Experience

Write for the Future | Posted 04.29.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

Some people might not find managing the flow of golf carts exciting, but I do. The summer after my junior year, I began my first and current job as ...

7 Things to do Instead of Writing College Essays

Joseph Dobson | Posted 12.18.2013 | Teen
Joseph Dobson

As a senior in high school, I spend a lot of my time on college applications, but more so doing anything I can to push them off a little bit longer. So, procrastinating just a little more, here's a list of things to do instead of writing college essays.

New Common Application 'a Monstrosity'? I Don't Think So

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 11.02.2013 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

I was taken aback to see this global take-down of the new Common Application on Twitter this morning, by a college counselor. A quote from his article: "The new Common App is a monstrosity."

I Heart the College Admissions Essay Prompts on the New Common Application

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 10.09.2013 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

From all I've seen, one part of the new application that is a big success is the list of new essay prompts. It's definitely a case of "new and improved."

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.

5 Essential Rules for Writing Your College Essay

Joie Jager-Hyman | Posted 09.24.2013 | College
Joie Jager-Hyman

Here are five tips to help you get your creative juices flowing, discover good ideas, and put them onto paper for a piece of writing that genuinely stands out in a sea of clichés.

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 ...

So Where Is Waldo, Anyway?

Matthew Ford | Posted 06.08.2013 | Teen
Matthew Ford

The university is also renowned for its off-beat admissions essays. I could not forgo the opportunity to actually have fun with a college essay, something you don't find with every school application.

Is It A Parent's Right To Read Their Kid's College Essay?

Shelley Emling | Posted 04.27.2013 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

About six months ago, an unspeakable evil entered our house -- the college essay process. Until then, we'd always been a fairly typical family, neither sensational or completely unremarkable. Just typical, with three kids, a dog, a cat and a fish named Nini. But that was before the Essay. Oh, the Essay.

Common-App-enstein

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.

The Truth About College Admissions Essays

Kat Cohen | Posted 11.18.2012 | College
Kat Cohen

Colleges don't ask you to write essays because they want to make you miserable, they are asking because they want to hear from you! They want to get to know your background, interests, goals, triumphs, failures, likes, and aversions in your own voice.

Plan, Don't Panic: 7 1/2 Tips for Your College Application Essays (There Isn't Just One!)

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 10.29.2012 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

How important is your college application essay? My favorite comment from an admissions officer in a top college says it all: "A good essay can heal the sick but it can't raise the dead."

Writing the Perfect Paper: 8 Tips From the Experts

Louise Hodgson | Posted 10.21.2012 | College
Louise Hodgson

Beginning college in the fall? Want some tips on how to achieve high grades in your term papers?

The Little Essay That Could

Nala Ward | Posted 10.21.2012 | Teen
Nala Ward

My college advisor hated my essay, saying that the tone was pretentious and arrogant. I sent my essay out to the colleges against my college advisor's wishes -- and got into my top two schools.