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. Read More
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 Read More
The college application essays are more important than ever
Don’t take my word for it:
"The more exclusive the college, the more weight given to the essay than GPA" New York Times
"The essay differentiates one top student from the next" Stanford University Admissions Officer
Look at the stats: Read More
I planned on writing an article about procrastination but I really should clean out the garage first. Although, now that reruns of Dragnet are on TV, I do want to catch up on that first….after my nap.
When should my teen start writing the common application essays?
The end of 11th grade is in many ways the most stressful time in a student’s high school career. SAT, AP, Regents and the last ditch effort to save the world so his resume will look more impressive to colleges. Read More