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Does This Sparkler Have What It Takes To Get a Rhodes Scholarship?

By ContributorJune 29, 2011
a_larae91 wants to land one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world—and she needs your... More  →
Does This Sparkler Have What It Takes To Get a Rhodes Scholarship?

How to Love Your Third-Choice College

By Ashley SpencerMay 16, 2011
If you’re set to attend your third-choice college this fall, you may be feeling a bit bummed out—kind of like that time... More  →
How to Love Your Third-Choice College

A Message to Prospective Students

By Lindsay PuvelApril 21, 2011
I love prospective students. I love their energy, their nerves, their goading parents. I love it when they swarm campus carrying maps... More  →
A Message to Prospective Students

Auntie SparkNotes: College Envy

By kat_rosenfieldApril 20, 2011
Dearest Auntie SparkNotes, This might make me sound like a horrible person, but I'm not! Okay. So. I have three best friends.... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: College Envy

Brag About Your Acceptance Letters!

By Miss MarmApril 14, 2011
I want to hear where everyone got into school. Did your first choice accept you? Are you stressing about which school to... More  →
Brag About Your Acceptance Letters!

The 5 Stages of College Rejection

By ContributorMarch 29, 2011
travelwriter21 told us "this article has been written based on experience, sadly." BOO. Oh, but she also said "Not that... More  →
The 5 Stages of College Rejection

Application Essay: Shuffle Shame

By Miss MarmJanuary 25, 2011
Kelly's essay is about taste, judgment, snobbery...and Brit-Brit. Check it out!

Shuffle Shame, as defined by Urban Dictionary—“Shuffle shame is when

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Application Essay: Shuffle Shame

Application Essay: Booty Talk

By Miss MarmDecember 8, 2010
Since reading this essay a few weeks ago, I've thought about it a lot. That might be because Fiona is... More  →
Application Essay: Booty Talk

Essay Topics: Is Autism a Cliché?

By Miss MarmNovember 19, 2010
Writing an application essay is hard enough. Writing an application essay that stands out from the pack can seem impossible. Sparkler ... More  →
Essay Topics: Is Autism a Cliché?

Application Essay: Anna's Absinthe

By Miss MarmNovember 11, 2010
Anna's essay responds to the Common App instruction, "Evaluate a significant experience and its impact on you." If you're not... More  →
Application Essay: Anna's Absinthe