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2018-2019 Common Application Essay Prompts

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. 2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be...

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YBCE on WNYC Radio

Recently, Your Best College Essay was featured on WNYC - NPR's local radio station in New York City. Hope you enjoy the interview. https://www.wnyc.org/story/college-essays-how-much-help-fair/

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YBCE Interview With Inside Higher Ed

When Application Essay ‘Help’ Crosses a Line Should college applicants (who can afford it) spend thousands of dollars for coaching on what to write? Are those who take their money just doing a better (and less visible) job than are many parents? By Scott Jaschik...

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Transitioning From High School To College

New York Times columnist Frank Bruni often writes about college applications and college life in general. In this column, he writes about transitioning from high school to college. Very much worth a...

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2017/2018 Amherst Writing Supplement

Amherst College Writing Supplement Options In addition to the main essays you must write as part of the Common Application, Coalition Application or QuestBridge Application, Amherst requires a supplementary writing sample of all applicants. There are two options for...

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2017/2018 Georgia Tech Writing Supplement

Please choose ONE of the following questions and provide an answer in 150 words or less. Tech’s motto is Progress and Service. We find that students who ultimately have a broad impact first had a significant one at home. What is your role in your immediate or extended...

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2017/2018 Williams Writing Supplement

Williams Writing Supplement Note: The Williams Writing Supplement is entirely optional. Please respond to one of the prompts below in a short essay of 300 words or fewer. 1. At Williams we believe that bringing together students and professors in small groups produces...

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2017/2018 Villanova Writing Supplement

In addition to the essay included with the Common Application and as part of Villanova's Member Section of the Common Application, Villanova requires that you submit one Villanova Essay (of 250-1000 words per the Common Application guidelines) from the three choices...

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2017/2018 Cornell Writing Supplement

College Interest Essays The primary focus of your college interest essay should be what you intend to study at Cornell.In the online Common Application Writing Supplement, please respond to the essay question below (maximum of 650words) that corresponds to the...

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