Avoiding Sob Stories in College Admissions Essays

Many students and parents are under the mistaken impression that sharing sob stories in college admissions essays will pull on the heartstrings of admissions officers at highly selective college and inspire them to want to offer the student admission. Maybe it’s a story about enduring a childhood illness, like leukemia. … 

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College Admission Essay

We came across an editorial up on “The Week” written by Annabel Monaghan entitled “Why it’s impossible to write a good college admission essay” that we figured we’d share with our readers. Ms. Monaghan is the parent of a college applicant and she’s got some thoughts on college admission essays. … 

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College Admission Essays

Continuing our series on college admission essays, let’s take a look at another common mistake many high school students make in their personal statement for the Common Application. In this particular college admission essay, the topic happens to be sports. Here’s the paragraph: “Soccer has been my passion ever since … 

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