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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 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

How to Write a Creative College Essay That Stands Out

By Amelia BienstockJanuary 8, 2016
You might have a "great" admissions essay about the time you volunteered in Haiti for five days stuffed in your cannon, ready... More  →
How to Write a Creative College Essay That Stands Out

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

The Dos and Don'ts Of Writing Your College Application Essay

By Audrey MurrayOctober 30, 2014
If you’re like most people, sitting down to write your college essay is a great way to get some serious flossing done.... More  →
The Dos and Don'ts Of Writing Your College Application Essay