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10 Tips for Writing A Common App Essay That Colleges Will LOVE

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REWRITE, REWRITE, REWRITE

Once you finish your first draft, start rewriting. Make sure your story has a beginning, middle, and ending. Check for conflict, obstacles, struggle, and resolution. Heighten the imagery, suspense, humor, and feeling throughout. Does your first sentence grab your reader’s attention? Have you written in your authentic, conversational voice. Most importantly, is your message clearly articulated at the end of your draft, revealing the unique quality that only you can bring to your college?

Polish, trim, proofread. Eliminate repetition and rambling. Say more with less. Get feedback from trusted readers. Never exceed the word limit. I repeat: never exceed the word limit! And click submit. Be proud of the journey you’ve taken. Though it’s been hard work, it is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure leading you to a pure expression of who you are in this pivotal moment in your life.

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