Tag: personal statements

Tips for Tackling the New Common App Essay Prompts

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Essay Coach; Author

The folks over at the Common Application have decided to introduce a whole new set of essay prompts this year. That means that students, teachers, and essay coaches like myself are venturing into virgin territory. Let's all take a deep breath and see what these new prompts are actually asking you to do . . . read more

Admission Essay Ideas That Just Don't Work

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Director of Communications, Commonwealth School

Some college application essay ideas are bad, and you may not know which ones are. Here are some essay ideas that don't work and potential alternatives. read more

Navigating the Graduate School Application Process

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Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, Director of Graduate Enrollment Services, Marymount University

You found the perfect grad school . . . now you just have to apply. An admission expert shares her top four tips for doing so. read more

Application Essay Example: Why They Call it Fishing

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This is the *actual* essay student Derek Billey submitted with his application to Willamette University in Oregon. Read it and get inspired! read more

Application Essay Example: The Surgeon

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This is a *real* admission essay a student submitted with his application to Loyola University New Orleans. Read it and get inspired! read more

Application Essay Example: The Beard

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This is a *real* admission essay a student submitted with his application to Denison University. Check out the essay and get inspired! read more

How to Tell Your Story in Your Application Essay

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Author, Educator

What parts of your story are you supposed to share in your college application essay--and how? Find out now on CollegeXpress! read more

Using Dialogue in Your Application Essay

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Founder of Mint Tutors LLC

Admission officers are swamped. They want to be wowed by hopeful students' applications--including their admission essays. Try using dialogue to stand out! read more

6 Tips for Writing a Killer Grad School Application Essay

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Freelance Writer

You don't have to write the great American novel to get into grad school. On the contrary, you probably have to share your thoughts in 500 words or less. Here are six ways to make those words count. read more

The International Application: An Insider's Perspective

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Assistant Director of Admissions, Caldwell College

Have you ever wondered what those international admission counselors are thinking as they review your applications? This is the international admission process from someone who's been there--on both sides. read more