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Would This Essay Get Us Into Columbia University?

By Lauren PassellApril 25, 2013
Getting into Columbia University is no picnic. How is it done? What’s the secret? Much of it, obviously, has to do with... More  →
Would This Essay Get Us Into Columbia University?

College Essays: Compassion

By Lauren PassellDecember 13, 2012
Prompt: Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment... More  →
College Essays: Compassion

College Essay: During Chemistry Class

By Lauren PassellDecember 12, 2012
Prompt: Describe one attribute of your personality that you are proud of, and how has it impacted your life so far? This could... More  →
College Essay: During Chemistry Class

College Essays: Spiritual Leadership

By Lauren PassellDecember 11, 2012
The Prompt: College seeks students who will thrive in the academic, spiritual and community life at Calvin. With this in mind, how do... More  →
College Essays: Spiritual Leadership

College Essays: The Recital

By Lauren PassellDecember 4, 2012
Our Sparkler's essay: I wipe my clammy hands on my skirt as I listen to the last notes of the Rondo alla turca by... More  →
College Essays: The Recital

College Essay: Painting the House, and Growing Up Fast

By Lauren PassellDecember 3, 2012
The Essay: Pressed against the house, I felt it bringing me closer. The sun beat across my back as I painted on my... More  →
College Essay: Painting the House, and Growing Up Fast

College Applications: The Trusty 5-Paragraph Essay

By Valerie BurnDecember 3, 2012
This prompt is a pretty typical one: describe a significant experience. Basically, the school wants to know a little more about you,... More  →
College Applications: The Trusty 5-Paragraph Essay

College Applications: Using Metaphors Effectively

By Valerie BurnNovember 30, 2012
Metaphors and similes are a part of any writer’s toolkit, and can transform a basic essay into a great story. However, it's... More  →
College Applications: Using Metaphors Effectively

Let's Help This Musician with Her College Application Essay!

By Larry MNovember 8, 2012
Essay Prompt: A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds... More  →
Let's Help This Musician with Her College Application Essay!

Comfort Food College Essay Critique

By kat_rosenfieldOctober 26, 2012
“Are you okay, Ngozi? Just drop the Starbursts, and walk away.” “Huh? I-I-I d-don’t know wh-what you’re t-t-talking about,” I stammered as... More  →
Comfort Food College Essay Critique