Archive for July, 2011

Are Certain Topics Off-Limits in a College Admissions Essay?

Since we are always on the lookout to find resources to help students with this task, I was excited to see an article from The College of William and Mary blog on writing essays and opening lines to not use. At first glance, the post some important points, such as the value in starting the essay strong and keeping the reader invested in what you are writing about. However, the post quickly shifts ...

Applying to College? There’s an App for That

There are thousands of apps for smartphones and computers available, and while many colleges have general apps (with information such as calendars and campus news), some, such as St. Lawrence University are starting to create apps specifically for prospective students to use during the admissions process. The 2011-2012 Common Application will also be accessible via smartphone. In addition to school-specific ...

Undeclared: Why Being Undecided in College Can Be a Great Thing

I’ve always been a person who dislikes uncertainty. Unlike many of my friends, surprises were never welcome, and if there was a way to plan for something, I would do it. When my AP English teacher called me, in his straightforward and not unkind manner, a control freak, I fretted over it for a day or so before coming to the conclusion that he was absolutely correct in his assessment. With this in ...

How Not to Write an Admissions Essay: Pitfalls You Can (and Should) Avoid

There are many ways to write a college admissions essay, and students’ approaches range from the meticulous (pre-writing, outlining, and then writing) to the more free form. While we have offered advice on how to write the admissions essay, giving you advice on what to do is only part of the story. Here are some things that you should avoid when writing your college admissions essay (or any essay ...

Essay Writing Workshops in July and August – Register Now!

For rising seniors, now is the time to start thinking about writing the college essay. Our essay writing workshop will help students get a jump start on the process. At the end of the workshop, students will leave with a solid first draft of a compelling personal statement to use during the college admissions process. Each workshop offers two experienced writing teachers for 6 students. The fee ...
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