August 2017
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How To Get Accepted With the Common App – Essay 7

Option #7: Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. This essay topic is a gift.  It is basically asking,...
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Essay 4

How To Get Accepted With the Common App – Essay 6

Option #6: Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?  At...
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Essay 5

How To Get Accepted With the Common App – Essay 5

Option #5: Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. This essay is really asking about a defining experience.  What has propelled your personal or intellectual growth and really contributed...
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How To Get Accepted With the Common App – Essay 4

Option #4: Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma- anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to...
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Essay 6

How To Get Accepted With the Common App – Essay 3

Option #3: Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? Colleges are institutions of higher learning filled with people of varied backgrounds and different perspectives.  Students are...
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Essay 3

How To Get Accepted With the Common App – Essay 2

Option #2: The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?...
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Let’s Talk About Elevator Pitches

To all College-Bound Juniors and Seniors: Tell me about yourself. What should be the easiest question to answer, is often the most frequently botched.  Usually, the answer I get is, “What do you want to know?”  Well, at this point,...
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How To Get Accepted With the Common App – Essay 1

Option #1: Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. This essay is asking you to...
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The Role Of An Application Essay

The Role of an Application Essay

The essay is the part of the application that is most within your control.  You can use this space to tell colleges exactly what you want them to know about who you are, in your own words.  So, this should...
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How to Write an Essay that Ivy League Colleges Will Love

Imagine the admissions officer who has never met you.  If she read the rest of the application, without the essay, who would she think you are?  Is her/his image accurate?  If not, what’s misleading?  Maybe you are not coming across...
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