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Writing the Common Application Essay and What to Avoid

Jeannie Borin | Posted 07.05.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Your essays will bring authenticity to your application and allow the admission officers to learn who you are. You need to make sure this happens. So just how should you start writing your essays?

Fathering Minds: 7 Books for Dad's Shelf

James M. Chesbro | Posted 06.04.2014 | Books
James M. Chesbro

My favorite fatherhood books are a compass at the end of a frenzied day. These seven works of literary nonfiction situate me in the fellowship of other dads pursuing understandings.

The Answers Always Lead to New Questions

Write for the Future | Posted 05.30.2014 | College
Write for the Future

by Justin Sapp "Justin, come down for breakfast." I hated my brother's impersonation of Mom's morning screech. He seemed to think he was the thi...

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, ...

G-Pa's Lessons

Write for the Future | Posted 05.20.2014 | College
Write for the Future

by Tyler Mackenzie I was a junior on the varsity basketball team and my minutes were decreasing to the point where I was barely in the game. I wa...

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?

Want Better Essays? Ask Narrower Questions

Mark Bemesderfer | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Mark Bemesderfer

Anyone who has raised or spent much time with teenagers knows that they can argue. Passionately, effectively, and tirelessly. Yet these same skills seem to abandon many high school students when the topic is not personal but academic.

The Success Story of a Failed Novelist

Nina Badzin | Posted 03.24.2014 | Women
Nina Badzin

Those novels were not meant to be. Those agents weren't meant to be. That's not the kind of writing I want to do anymore.

Reluctant Reliability: A Glimpse Into Cerebral Palsy

Erin M. Kelly | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Erin M. Kelly

I wanted nothing more than to jump out of my bed, grab my phone, and text someone as fast as my chubby little fingers would allow. As with so many other scenarios like this, my cerebral palsy didn't present me with that option.

On Being Published For Business

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 03.18.2014 | Small Business
Gregory P. Demetriou

Try this simple exercise: Google a fairly close competitor by name and review the results. What type of mentions are you finding, where are the links coming from, has he/she published articles of any value? If they have and you haven't, you're giving away ground to them. If you've been able to be published and they haven't, you're more prominent than they are. This can be the foundation for marketing efforts.

Black Friday: Lessons Learned

Joseph Peterson | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business
Joseph Peterson

I was still a struggling student living in my parents' home with no real depth or power to the plastic in my wallet. But I figured, "what the hell" and my curiosity got the best of me; besides, my credit card wasn't maxed out so possibilities were technically endless.

Home on Stage

Write for the Future | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Write for the Future

By Schuyler Van Amson Theatre rescued me from my own insecurities which developed after one traumatic moment, one week before starting second grade...

Where Education Became the Passion: My Mother's House

Write for the Future | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Amanda Honeywell Whenever I first mention "My Mother's House" to friends, they immediately ask: Why do you call your own house, "my mother's ho...

Leaving the Rest

Scott Alexander Hess | Posted 11.10.2013 | Books
Scott Alexander Hess

Suffice to say that when I wrote the piece I was very single and engaging in a lot of wild sex to fill that illusive life void. The conclusion of the essay is deliberately open-ended, for at the time I was envisioning a hoped-for romantic life.

Two Dads and One Ideal

Write for the Future | Posted 11.06.2013 | College
Write for the Future

By Evan Mabry I see my biological father leaving my apartment and my stepfather moving in on the same night. I don't really think my mom would allo...

Interview With Critically Acclaimed Author, Alan Kaufman

Lisa Chau | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Lisa Chau

Alan Kaufman, the Bronx-born son of a French-Jewish Holocaust survivor, is author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel. Kaufman's writings are subversive articulations of extreme outsiderness.

A Chinese-Jewish Christmas

Write for the Future | Posted 10.01.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Saru Nanda I am a Hindu who always wanted to trade in her religion during one month of the year: December. I could never resist my adoration of ...

Why Is Everything on the Internet a List?

Oren Mendez | Posted 09.27.2013 | Comedy
Oren Mendez

The possibilities for lists are endless. Anything in the world can become an amusing list. Just think of things that happened to you today.

Escapes to Myself

Write for the Future | Posted 09.23.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Vivek Kunnath Fresh air! Loud cars! Big people! That man on the corner who sells ice cream! These thoughts rushed through my infantile mind as ...

Cultural Combo: Bullfight and Bat Mitzvah

Write for the Future | Posted 09.16.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Hannah Kliot Imagine James Holmes, the man responsible for the Aurora shooting, thrown into an Olympic-size stadium and stabbed by men on horse...

A Christmas Miracle

Write for the Future | Posted 09.08.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by James Thompson I felt like a 12-year-old Danny Ocean or Robin Hood when I pulled off the most amazing Christmas heist. Maybe you can't really cal...

My School Within a School

Write for the Future | Posted 09.02.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Justin Schnell I refuse to go to the School of Tears and Tutors--that overwhelmingly large school within my school. I have friends in Tears and ...

How Parents Ruin College

Paul Rasmussen | Posted 09.02.2013 | Parents
Paul Rasmussen

All parents (including me) are driven by a visceral instinct to aid and protect their children. It's hard for parents to watch their children struggle, especially if it's in their power to fix the problem.

A Model Education

Write for the Future | Posted 08.24.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Emily Carter #187. I am #187 in a long line of skin clad black jeans, faces gleaming with sweat and eyes drowned in hopelessness. We are puppets...

Why I Write About My Life

Lori Fradkin | Posted 08.21.2013 | TED Weekends
Lori Fradkin

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgMy reasons for divulging information about myself in such a public forum go beyond money, notoriety or even, yes, ego.