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Bad Why College Essays, Why University Essay, Why University Essays

A Bad Why College Essay

John F. Kennedy wrote quite a bad Why College essay. And he submitted this essay to Princeton as well as Harvard. Virtually identical essays!

August 11, 2015

Obituaries and College Essays

Reading obituaries can be helpful as students working on college essays work to refine their writing craft.

August 2, 2015

College Essays About Nothing

College essays about nothing can be a very strategy. Some of the best writing in the world is about absolutely nothing. Like the TV show "Seinfeld"!

June 7, 2015

College Admissions in Coffee Shops

We overheard two fathers today discussing the highly selective college admissions process in a coffee shop. If only they knew who was within earshot!

November 3, 2014

Privilege and College Admissions

Privilege has no place in college admissions essays. Never portray yourself as privileged. It's a really, really bad idea!

October 22, 2014

What Makes A Bad College Essay

What makes a bad college essay, you ask? Trite stories. Name-dropping. Bragging. And much more!

July 1, 2014

Famous College Essay

This is the most famous college essay that comes to mind for us in our many years in the business of highly selective college admissions.

June 21, 2014

Your College Essay Probably Sucks

Your college essay probably sucks no matter how good you think it is.

June 18, 2014

Yale Essay Analysis, Admission to Yale, Yale College Essays, Analysis of a Yale Essay

An Analysis of a Yale Admissions Essay

We've got an analysis of a Yale admissions essay for our readers. The college essay was printed on the pages of "The New York Times."

May 11, 2014

College Essay Analysis, Thoughts on College Essay, College Essay

Analysis of a College Essay

Here we provide an analysis of a college essay for our loyal readers. The essay was published on the pages of "The New York Times."

May 10, 2014

Analysis on College Essays, University Essay Analysis, Ivy League Essay Analysis

College Essay Analysis

We've got college essay analysis for our loyal readers based on some admissions essays published on the pages of "The New York Times."

May 9, 2014

Ignoring English Teachers in College Essays

Ignore the advice of most English teachers when it comes to your college essays. This advice is based on years of experience.

March 1, 2014

Be Yourself In Essays, College Essays, Personal Statement

Being Yourself in Admissions Essays

Be yourself in admissions essays. But be sure to paint yourself in an interesting light!

February 19, 2014

Love in College Essays

On this Valentine's Day, we've got some advice regarding love in college essays. Don't write about love. But happy Valentine's Day to you!

February 14, 2014

Service Trips in College Essays

Writing about service trips in college essays is a terrible idea. Don't do it!

February 14, 2014

Weird College Essay Topics

We've written before about weird college essay topics but with each admissions cycle, there are new ones!

December 8, 2013

College Essay Help, Help with College Essays, University Essay Help

Help With Your College Essays

Our help with your college essays can make all the difference. We've been doing it for decades.

November 9, 2013

Be Yourself in College Essays, College Essay Advice, College Essay Help

On Being Yourself in College Essays

Don't be entirely yourself in your college essays. Be a more interesting version of yourself, albeit a truthful version.

November 6, 2013

Traveling in College Essays, Travel and College Admissions Essays

Travel in College Essays

Many students boast about their extensive travel in college essays. Don't be one of these students!

November 5, 2013

Terrible College Essays, Horrible College Essays, Bad College Admissions Essays

Bad College Essays

Don't submit bad college essays if you hope to gain admission to highly selective colleges.

November 4, 2013


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