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The New Common App Essay Prompts for ’17-’18 Released

The New Common App Essay Prompts for ’17-’18 Released

The Common Application released its essay prompts for 2017-2018. There are now seven essay prompts and the “Topic Of Your Choice” prompt has returned. Listed below, you can see which are new, revised or those that are unchanged. Students need to choose one and write an essay of up to 650 words. Any rising seniors who want to get a head start on their college essay are set to go! Continue reading

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College Essays and Real Life

College Essays and Real Life

College Essays and Real Life As our students rummage through brainstorm lists of potential college essay topics, real life keeps happening and experiences mount. Just this morning, we heard from a student of ours whose entire house and all belongings … Continue reading

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Writing The Common Application Essay

Writing The Common Application Essay

The Common Application launched online for the coming admissions season on August 1st. The Common Application essay prompts are now available so writing can begin. Students will need to choose one of the five prompts and write up to a 650 word essay. Continue reading

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What Goes Into A Great College Essay

What Goes Into A Great College Essay

What goes into a great college essay? I suspect it’s more than a good story.

Questions to consider:

– Which character attributes should shine through?
Ability to work with others? Adaptability? Independence? Maturity?

– What topics give the student something good to write about?
Work or volunteer experiences? Academic achievement? Overseas travel? Family life?

– What happens to those applicants who don’t seem to have the experiences to draw from?

– What else should I have included?

– Which character attributes should shine through?
Ability to work with others? Adaptability? Independence? Maturity?
All of these work – it’s okay also to be less than perfect as we all are just that

– What topics give the student something good to write about?
Work or volunteer experiences? Academic achievement? Overseas travel? Family life?
These are good but too general – isolate an event or one experience

– What happens to those applicants who don’t seem to have the experiences to draw from?
Writing about small daily occurrences can produce excellent essays
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Important Common App Details You May Not Know

Important Common App Details You May Not Know

Based on the difficulties of the Common Application last year, so far this year, it’s been a pretty smooth ride. However, there are a few Common App details you may not know that could save you time and aggravation. Continue reading

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Get First in Admission Results

Get First in Admission Results

Students now apply to an average of a dozen universities to assure acceptance into a college because of the competitive nature of admissions. How are students empowered to take charge of their college process and become first in admission results? Work with a top college counselor from College Connections! Continue reading

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The Inevitable College Essay Question: Why Are You A Good Match?

The Inevitable College Essay Question: Why Are You A Good Match?

Some of you will be making plans to visit colleges. Many of you will be doing web research on colleges and just about anyone applying to college will need to eventually answer a typical essay question found on most applications “Why are you a good match for ________?” These essays generally have a limited word or character count and must be concise, clear and give admission officers insight about the applicant. Here are some tips to help. Continue reading

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Ten Things Rising Seniors Can Do To Get A Jump Start On The College Search

Ten Things Rising Seniors Can Do To Get A Jump Start On The College Search

The time is now for rising seniors to get a jump start on their college search. There is no doubt that fall semester will be a lot less stressful if the college search and application process is well underway when school begins. Below are the top ten things rising seniors can and should begin working on now. Go Ahead….Get A Jump Start! Continue reading

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Writing The Common Application Essay And What To Avoid

Writing The Common Application Essay And What To Avoid

The Common Application www.commonapp.org will launch for the coming admissions season on August 1st. In the meanwhile, the Common Application essay prompts are available so writing can begin. Students will need to choose one of the five prompts and write up to a 650 word essay. Continue reading

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Why Write College Essays Over The Summer?

Why Write College Essays Over The Summer?

More and more college essay prompts are digging deep to learn what they can about a student’s character. Numbers are easy to see and evaluate; however, measuring character is not quite as easy. Essay prompts are geared toward having students become self reflective and critically think about their personal experience(s). Students tell us that they are often told not to write in the first person. High school and many college assignments are geared toward third person writing and students tend to be conditioned as such. In addition, teens can be self-conscious about writing about themselves in that they are growing from adolescence both physically and emotionally. Continue reading

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