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5 Tips to Conquer the Common Application Essay

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CollegeXpress Student Writer

You may think fitting your entire life story into 650 words is impossible, but crafting an amazing Common Application essay is a lot easier (and more fun) than you think! read more

A College Essay Starter Plan for the Dog Days of Summer

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Assistant Professor, Coastal Carolina University

Getting students to work on their college applications during the summer is a hard sell. Here's how to talk to your kids and get them thinking about writing their college essay. read more

Engaging Ways to Open Your Personal Statement

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Founder, Moon Prep

You need to write an engaging personal statement to stand out to colleges. The most important component of this is a strong opening. read more

Application Essay Example #6: The Journey

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CollegeXpress Student Writer

This is an optional narrative essay a student submitted with her application to Southwestern University, and it helped her gain admission there. read more

College Essays vs. Scholarship Essays: What's the Difference?

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CollegeXpress Student Writer

College application essays and scholarship essays have a lot in common. But there are a few key differences you should know about before you start writing. read more

What NOT to Do in Your Application Essay

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Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions, Pomona College

Writing a strong college admission essay can be challenging, but avoiding these common pitfalls will help you create one that stands out. read more

How to Write About Yourself in Your College Essay (Without Bragging)

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Freelance Writer

A place between humble and prideful exists, and that's the exact place you want to reach in your college application essays. read more

The Best (and Worst) College Admission Essay Topics

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Freelance Writer

What should you write your college admission essay about? And which topics should you avoid? Here are some of the best (and the worst) college essay ideas. read more

Great Grad School Application Essay Examples

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By popular demand: a nice collection of personal statements/letters of intent from accepted grad school applications. read more

Moments and Memories: How to Write Your Best Common Application Essay

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CollegeXpress Student Writer

The Common App essay can be one of the most intimidating parts of the college application process. But summer is the perfect time to think about or create new memories that you can use to write your best college essay. read more