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Essay Examples

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For years I’ve been wrestling with this question:  What is the quickest, clearest way to describe what colleges want to learn about a student in his or her college application essay? Some words seem to encapsulate the answer: Passion…voice…experiences…initiative This is what University of Michigan says in their “Tips for Writing a Great Essay” Be [...]

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May 12, 2014 Here is a frequently asked question: How can I honestly reveal an imperfection in a college application essay but also write an essay that prompts a college admissions officer to say,  “She (He) will be an awesome student here.” A May 9, 2014 New York Times story by Ron Lieber called “Four [...]

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May 13, 2013 Top College Application Stories in the News: May 13, 2013 News about your application for college and your college essay. Late Applicant?  200 Colleges Still Accepting Applications Advice from a College Dean of Admissions on Selecting High School Courses College Search App for High School Juniors College Essay Topics for the Common [...]

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March 25, 2011.  The NY Times College Admissions blog posted more examples of popular culture SAT essay prompts. But the question remains, how do you write an essay that receives a high score? The CollegeBoard site clearly explains how essays are scored, and offers examples of essays scored from a 6 (the highest score) to [...]

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March 15, 2011.  While reading Caitlin Crommett’s  college application essay, I became more and more amazed.  The story was touching (the beginning involved a woman who was dying) but not overly sentimental (“the day our “Armchair Tour of China” was scheduled to be given, Pat died. Though this made me very sad, it was comforting [...]

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March 11, 2011.  Michael Orr entered the NBC contest and won $5000 for his school.  Here’s the story, and watch this embedded video to see how he did it: View more videos at: http://www.nbcmiami.com.

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