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Category: Admissions Essay

Linda Abraham

First Drafts of Personal Statements: Let Yourself Go

Writing the first draft of your personal statement is probably the hardest part of the whole application process. Here’s how to let yourself go.

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Frances Wong

How to Tackle the “Why Us” School-Specific Essay (with Examples!)

Of all the supplemental college essays out there, the “Why Us?” essay is the most difficult to master, especially when you have to write one for each school on your college list. So, how do you convince admissions officers at each college you belong there, while staying true to yourself?   With AdmitSee’s database of […]

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Kim Lifton

Mastering the Most Challenging College Essay: Why College X?

Many schools ask for supplemental essays in addition to the personal statement; the most common supplement, which we call “Why College X?,” is a variation on the question, “Why us?” This prompt can be one of the most challenging for students. The questions often look like these, which are taken from current and past years’ […]

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Elise Gout

Getting the Most Out of College Essay Revision

We’re about a month into the school year which means, ideally, you should be about a month into writing your college application essays.

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Kristin Fracchia

College Admissions Essay: Top Tips for Making a Statement Colleges Will Remember (In a Good Way)

The college admissions essay is a daunting task for most students. Many students have never been asked to do this type of writing before or have never engaged in the deep introspection such an essay requires. It’s a lot of pressure. I hear you. So how can you make the job easier? Check out my […]

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Guest Author

Will a Great Essay Get Me Into College?

If you’ve ever asked yourself this question, here’s a short and sweet answer from Ethan Sawyer, the College Essay Guy. The short answer here is: No, an essay won’t get you into college on its own. Your acceptance at most universities is dictated primarily by your GPA, course-load (how hard your classes are) and, to […]

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Nadira Berman

Top Three Worst College Essay Topics

No matter how good your writing is, if you’ve picked a bad topic, college admissions officers will be unimpressed with your personal statement. They will likely have seen hundreds of essays exactly like it. And you definitely don’t want your essay to be trite and forgettable. Try to stand out from the crowd. You are […]

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Nadira Berman

The Common Application Essay: Finding a Topic

The Common App essay can be the scariest part of applying to colleges. 650 words seems like a lot, but never fear, if you pick the right topic, those words will fly right by and you’ll wish you had more. I know, shocking, right?   What’s the number one thing you want colleges to know about […]

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Guest Author

How to Make Your Essay Not Boring

Bored by your own college essay? Here are some tips that will liven it up, from Ethan Sawyer, aka the College Essay Guy! Here are three tips to help you avoid writing an essay that’s, for lack of a better word, boring:   1. Make sure the connections your essay makes are non-obvious and specific. […]

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Guest Author

How Can I Write My Personal Statement in One Night?

It’s the worst place to find yourself—the night before your college apps are due with nothing but a blank word doc before you. Check out these tips for how make it work even at the very last minute, from Ethan Sawyer the College Essay Guy. First of all, if there is anything in this bright […]

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