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“Hacking the Common App Essay Prompts, Pt. I” (Josh Stephens, “The Huffington Post”)

In “Hacking the Common App Essay Prompts, Pt. I,” Josh Stephens gives some of the most helpful advice I’ve seen in a while. Rather than look for inspiration in the prompts themselves, start by asking yourself, “What else about me … Continue reading

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How to write a great Common App essay

The key to writing an amazing essay for your Common App is to ask yourself this question:  “What do I want the reader to know about me?” Do not worry about impressing the admissions reader with your grades, your phenomenal … Continue reading

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“10 Tips for Writing the College Application Essay” (Jeremy S. Hyman and Lynn F. Jacobs, U.S. News and World Report)

In “10 Tips for Writing the College Application Essay,” Jeremy Hyman and Lynn Jacobs make several helpful suggestions, including “be vivid” and “be an individual.” However, even the most distinguished applicants worry about how to set themselves apart. I suggest … Continue reading

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