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Category: Admissions Essay

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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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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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5 College Admission Essay Mistakes to Avoid

Are you committing any of these college essay sins? Our friends at University Language Services are here to make sure you know what NOT to do when writing your college essays. Enjoy! Most students can agree that the college admission essay is one of the more stressful aspects of the college application process. It’s the […]

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Linda Abraham

Flaws Make You Real

Many college admissions committees ask you to write about your flaws. You may think this is a trap, but it’s actually a stealthy method of asking you to evaluate your personal growth. Accepted is here with more on how to handle this tricky essay question. A speaker recently told a story about traveling in Asia […]

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Linda Abraham

Resourceful Essay Recycling

Tired from writing endless personal statements? Check out Accepted’s top tips for thoughtfully recycling and adapting your admissions essays. You’re applying to six different schools and each one requires 2-7 essays/personal statements which equals…a whole lot of writing. How can you draft so many essays and still maintain a fresh and original voice in each? […]

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Linda Abraham

4 Ways to Show How You’ll Contribute in the Future

Here’s a great new post from our friends over at Accepted! Enjoy! Schools want to see that the applicants will actively participate in and contribute to their student bodies and alumni communities, not to mention the greater community and society. Yet grandiose, declarative statements and promises to be a superlative do-gooder are unpersuasive. So how […]

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