Are You Flawed?

Okay, perhaps flawed is a bit harsh but it’s still better than “inadequate,” “damaged,” and “defective.”  The point is, take note of this quote from Amy Gutman, President of UPenn that appeared in Time magazine, April 18, 2016: “Our admissions officers are looking for something that is authentic and imperfect.”

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Changes to the 2017-18 Common Application Essay Prompts: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

No changes to #1 and #4. I’m happy to see they are both included as is.

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.

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 you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. 

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College Application Essays: Mistake # 6: Negativity is a bummer

The admission officer who is reading your essay is trying to get a sense of "you." He doesn't want to worry that you are going to either be the kid up on the clock tower with an automatic weapon or locked in your dorm room with a "Keep Out" sign on the door.

DON’T BE NEGATIVE

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