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

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To get started, make a list of five words that best describe you on your best day. Don’t overthink it. There’s no right or wrong. Just write. Are you funny, generous, creative, analytical, playful, kind, curious, loyal, optimistic, silly, brave, ambitious, disciplined, gleeful, tenacious, free-spirited, reserved, uninhibited, inclusive, fierce, caring, imaginative, outgoing, hardworking, calm, powerful, inspiring, independent, or fearless? Remember, whatever essay you end up writing, it should illustrate these authentic qualities.

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