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Category: Admissions Essay

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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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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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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Should I Mention My Religion in My College Essay?

Here’s another key tip to keep in mind for your college applications, from College Essay Guy Ethan Sawyer! The short answer is this: it’s okay to discuss religion in your essay as long as the take-away (or values) promoted in the essay are universal. Here’s what I mean: In the past, I’ve had students write […]

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How Do I Write the “Why Us” Essay?

So you’re completing your college application and arrive at the dreaded “Why Us?” essay. What to do? Here’s what Ethan Sawyer, the College Essay Guy, recommends! Here are three quick tips to get you on the right track:   1. Don’t write about the school’s size, location, reputation or the weather. Why? Because that’s what […]

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Tips For Choosing Your College Essay Topic

Where to start with those college essays—that is the question. If you’re stuck on what exactly to write about, this is the post for you! Your college essay — probably the most daunting, dreaded and time-consuming part of the college application process. You might find yourself asking: What am I supposed to write about? How […]

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Why Colleges Ask You to Write Essays

What’s the big deal with college essays? Almost every school requires them and it’s no easy feat to perfect them. Today, Ryan Hickey explains why these essays are more crucial than you might think! In our technological age, being asked to write a full essay can seem a little antiquated. Why do colleges even ask […]

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Linda Abraham

Tips for Answering Common Application Essay Prompts

College application deadlines are looming closer than ever! If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the common app questions, here’s an Accepted.com post that will guide you step by step. If you are beginning your senior year of high school, this is the prime time to write your Common Application essay. The sooner you get started, the […]

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Nadira Berman

The Dreaded Writing Supplement: “Why Our School?”

We all have those colleges on our list. You know the ones. They’re the schools your parents made you apply to, the schools you decided to apply to just because you’ve heard a few good things, or maybe they’re the “safety” schools that you don’t really expect to attend. Whatever the case, you don’t know […]

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Maddi Lee

Common Mistakes That Will Kill Your College Essay

It’s summer! You’re off to the beach to go and sunbathe and worry about nothing for three mon— HA. Oh, wait. You’re technically a senior now, which means that, for the next six months, you’re saddled to that lovely bundle of joy known as…college apps! I’m sure you’re positively enthused. Summer is the prime time […]

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