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College Essay Q&A: The Parent

I get questions all the time. Here’s a popular one I receive from a parent… Q: Why was this application cycle such a crazy, ugly dumpster-fire of a year? Yes, this question has been asked a lot. And I mean A LOT! I’ve read lots of posts everywhere about...

College Essay Q&A: The Applicant

I get questions all the time. Here’s a popular one I receive from applicants.. Q: I’ve read lot of essays online and so many seem like sob stories. Do I have to find something sad to write? A: I get this question all the time! And the answer is a resounding...

College Essay Q&A: The Applicant

I get questions all the time. Here’s a popular one I receive from applicants… Q: Is it okay if I write a funny essay? A: Not only is it okay, it is appreciated by AO who will love the break and the risk. Being funny in an essay is hard, you don’t want it...

College Essay Q&A: The Parent

I get questions all the time. Here’s a popular one I receive from parents… Q: Which essay is more important – the personal statement or the supplement? A: Great question! They each have equal importance, but in different ways. Think of the personal...

College Essay Q&A: The Applicant

I get questions all the time. Here’s a popular one I receive from applicants… Q: Why can’t I write about sports? A: Here’s the thing with writing about sports, inevitably, the essay becomes about the game itself. You either won (“hard work paid...

College Essay Q&A: The Parent

I get questions all the time. Here’s a popular one I receive from parents…. Q: How important is the essay really? A: Very! Think about it, you have about 5 minutes, the time it takes for admissions officers to read the personal statement. A good story, well told,...