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Q: "A friend of mine said that starting your essay with a quote of a famous person is a bad idea. Do you agree?" A: "I do! I read lots of essays that do that. So, admissions officers probably do, too. It just seems overdone to me." Q: "How many drafts is too many?" A:...

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Applicants have questions…the best questions. Here are a few. Q: "Last summer I build a house with Habitat For Humanity. Can I write about that?"\ A: "No. You can not. Let me explain why - there may be no more popular personal; statement essay topic. And that is not a...

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Applicants have questions...the best questions. Here are a few. Q: "Do you you always have to learn something in your essay?" A: "That's a hard question. No, not always. But whatever you write about should come with some significance for you. Or why are you writing...

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Congratulations To Our Applicants!

Every year at this time our inbox blows up with the good news announcing where our applicants were accepted. Congratulations to the Class of 2022! Andrew W., Stanford Jenny T., Yale Christine T., MIT Claudia Y., Harvard Nicole W., University of Pennsylvania Brandon...

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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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