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College Essay Quarantined - Crush The Common Application Essay! 7 Tips.

essay Apr 11, 2020

College Application Essay Tips

  1. Note which colleges you are planning on applying to next year.
  2. Find out if the colleges use the common application, the coalition application, or their online school application. 
  3. What are the college essay expectations for each school on your list?  Are there any supplemental essays required in addition to the personal statement for each school on your list?
  4. Know how many are required and how many are "optional."
  5. Can you leverage or use the same essay for multiple colleges, especially the supplemental essays?
  6. Write down your Top 10 Qualities, Characteristics, or Strengths.
    i.e., Google "20 best characteristic traits" for suggestions to consider.
  7. Read the college Mission Statement and Motto to find words, phrases, or characteristics that the schools hold in high regard.  
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It’s Never Too Early to Start Thinking About Your Essays


Last week, the Common Application announced that the essay prompts for 2019-2020 will remain the same as they were in 2018-2019 application.  So, what are you waiting for?  Now is a great time to start brainstorming topics for your Common App essay.    

2019-2020 Common Application Essay Prompts 

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. 
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? 
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? 
  4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an...
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