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QUIZ: What Should You Write Your Common App Essay About?

By SparkLifeSeptember 12, 2018
Choosing an essay topic for the Common App is one of the hardest things ever. It's right up there with... More  →
QUIZ: What Should You Write Your Common App Essay About?

30 Ways to End Your Essay Without Saying "In Conclusion"

By ElodieMay 15, 2018
According to every English teacher I have ever had, the greatest sin of all is ending your essay with the phrase “in... More  →
30 Ways to End Your Essay Without Saying "In Conclusion"

The 25 Worst Ways to Start Your College Essay

By ElodieJanuary 24, 2018
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 15 Worst Sentences to Begin a College Essay

By Noah AppelbaumNovember 30, 2015
There are plenty of good guides to beginning a college admissions essay. This isn't one of them. When you find yourself tearing your... More  →
The 15 Worst Sentences to Begin a College Essay

Nail That College Application Essay Using Only Your Brain Nugget and a Superhero Narrative

By Sean McCarthyNovember 6, 2014

You have locked yourself away in the attic for four long days, and all you have to show for it is

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Nail That College Application Essay Using Only Your Brain Nugget and a Superhero Narrative

What We Learned From Writing College Admissions Papers

By Janet ManleyJanuary 21, 2014
For those of you tackling your college applications, we've rounded up some of our fav sploggers to find out what they wrote... More  →
What We Learned From Writing College Admissions Papers

The DOs and DON'Ts of Writing a College Admission Essay

By Jason SaenzDecember 12, 2013
If you're a senior, this winter break is the perfect time to write that college essay you've been putting off for weeks—to... More  →
The DOs and DON'Ts of Writing a College Admission Essay

College Essays: The World I Came From

By Lauren PassellDecember 20, 2012
The Prompt: Describe the world you come from, for example, family, friends, school, city, etc., and describe how that has shaped your dreams... More  →
College Essays: The World I Came From