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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

How to Write a Personal Statement

By Kelly HoffmacherApril 26, 2016
Writing a personal statement is undoubtedly the worst part of filling out an application for—anything. I absolutely hate writing them and no... More  →
How to Write a Personal Statement

Help This Sparkler with Her College Application Essay!

By ContributorAugust 9, 2011
Valerie wrote an incredible essay, but now she wants your opinion! Does this piece have what it takes to land... More  →
Help This Sparkler with Her College Application Essay!

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

Application Essay: Anthem Anxiety

By Miss MarmNovember 2, 2010
Laura is working on a college application essay about terror, tarnished reputations, and fifth grade. Check it out!

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Application Essay: Anthem Anxiety

Application Essay: Dad's the One She Loves the Most

By Miss MarmNovember 1, 2010
If this whole Miss Marm thing falls through, I'm going to start a new career as a college admissions officer. It's so... More  →
Application Essay: Dad's the One She Loves the Most

Application Essay: Musings Inspired By Simplicity

By Miss MarmOctober 29, 2010
We're reading college application essays here on the Miss Marm blog, and today we've got a occulted doozy by Nita.

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Application Essay: Musings Inspired By Simplicity