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

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When you get to the end of the story, declare your message: the thing that matters most to you, what you learned from this experience about yourself or others, or the unique quality you will bring to your college.

Sample messages:

-Through struggling with dyslexia, I’ve become a person who takes nothing for granted and works every day to support my own growth.

-I live at the intersection of imagination and computer programming.

-I am a shy individual who’s discovered that the only way to truly become part of a community is to take a chance and share myself with others.

-I am the younger sister of triplet brothers who fights for equality for all.

-I am a team captain who refuses to lose faith in the power of hard work and the dream of leading my team to success.

-I am the person who is going to get humanity off this rock and into space where we belong, because I can get things done.

-I pursue beauty, great stories, and truth with joy, nerve, and curiosity.

Topics: Life
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