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The 25 Worst Ways to Start Your College Essay

By ElodieNovember 8, 2017
Writing a good college admissions essay is a mixture of luck and just straight-up sorcery. If you're having a hard time, you're not... More  →
The 25 Worst Ways to Start Your College Essay

The Top 25 Worst College Essay Topics

By Jon_SkindzierApril 17, 2017
If getting into college is like applying for a job, and your grades are like your resume, then your college essay is... More  →
The Top 25 Worst College Essay Topics

College Applications: Tricks to Stay Within the Word Limit

By Valerie BurnDecember 19, 2012
Word limits! They are the worst. Here, user dreberad struggles too make her essay 500 words. Fortunately, we have some... More  →
College Applications: Tricks to Stay Within the Word Limit

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 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