Misconceptions About College Essays

A core objective of our college admissions blog is to correct misconceptions about the highly selective college admissions process, misconceptions perpetuated by students, parents, high school counselors, private college counselors (yes, there are plenty of private college counselors who give some pretty bad advice!), admissions officers, journalists, and, heck, even … 

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Choice of Topic for Personal Statements

The choice of topic for a college applicant’s Personal Statement doesn’t matter so long as the essay is well executed, right? Wrong. The choice of topic for the Personal Statement matters a great deal. After all, admissions officers at highly selective colleges must read thousands of Personal Statements. They also … 

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College Essays and Pizza

LeBron James, currently locked in an uphill battle against Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, recently declared that everybody likes pizza. Or maybe that was just a meme. Who knows. But who doesn’t like pizza? There’s even gluten-free pizza these days. But, Ivy … 

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The College Essay Expression

One of our pet peeves is when parents or students write in asking if we can help them with their “college essay.” College essay? Do they mean the Common Application Personal Statement? Because there is not one single college essay. There are many college essays with just about every highly … 

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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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