College Application Essays: BUYER BEWARE!!!!!!

A quick rant while I wait for my medication to kick in.

“I can write. I went to a goodest college. I think I’ll be a college essay expert.”

Buyer Beware:

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College Application Essays: Mistake #3: Trying too hard to be creative

Students mistakenly view the essay as a creative writing exercise and proceed to produce pretentious pieces of prose void of true personality. “How My Life is Like the Phrases of the Moon.” “Why these essays are meaningless.” “How I am viewed through the eyes of my dog.”

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College Application Essays: Mistake #1: Writing about your academic accomplishments

Writing about academic accomplishments is a huge mistake

Deja Vu: These accomplishments are on the student’s transcripts. The admissions officer already knows your teen achieved high marks in twelve AP classes.

Birds of a feather flock together...

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Why are College Essays so important?

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:

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College Application Essays - Procrastination

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.

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