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The 10 Most Important Tips for Writing the Perfect Common App Essay



Ah, the college application essay—or as we like to call it, "the words upon which your future happiness rests, wherein you must succinctly but masterfully sum up the most profound aspects of yourself and the most influential experiences of your life NO PRESSURE THO STOP CRYING." Describing who you are beyond your grades and test scores can seem like a monumentally intimidating task—but fortunately for you, we've got an expert here to help.

That expert is Julie Ferber Frank, brilliant author of the forthcoming book, Crushing the Common App Essay: A Foolproof Guide to Getting Into Your Top College—an absolute MUST-READ if you're in the process of applying to college. Julie has worked as a college app essay-writing coach with students accepted at Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, UC Berkeley, and many more—which means you're REALLY going to want to know what she has to say.

Her candid, funny book is packed with essay ideas and samples, real-life admissions success stories, and tons of amazing advice that'll not only ensure you put your best foot forward when writing your essay, but will also help you avoid stumbling over the most common mistakes (e.g. don't use cliches, don't try to be anyone other than yourself, and definitely, definitely don't start out with any of these).

We're beyond thrilled that today, Julie is giving us a glimpse at her incredible step-by-step instructions for crafting an essay that's pretty much guaranteed to make a killer impression. So if you want to get into your top-choice college, you're in the right place—click through and learn exactly how to crush your common app essay!

Topics: Life
Tags: personal statements, common app, applying to college, college admission essays, sparknotes college, college 101, crushing the common app, common app essay, common app essay prompts

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