On November 20, I was featured in the article English Essay Tips from the Experts, a compilation of writing tips from several experts. These tips are valid for anyone writing any type of letter or essay. Remember them as you compile holiday letters and college application essays in the upcoming weeks! #1: Think First. Write…
I recently heard Anthony Robbins say that as long as you have your attention on other people, and as long as you are making a difference for others, there is no way you can possibly be depressed. He is so right. This past week, despite contracting a norovirus that gave me serious gastrointestinal distress as…
The Common Application keeps a-changing! This admissions season we have both a new word limit (650, increased from 500) and new question choices. Here are the questions you will be asked to choose from if you are applying to college this fall: Some students have a background or a story that is so central to…
In April 2011 I reported on a new 500-word limit for college personal statement, enacted by the Common Application (see Common Application Institutes Word Limit for College Application Essays). In that article I wrote, “Students are now requested to write 250-500 words on their chosen topic.” I now realize how loaded two words in that sentence were: requested and chosen.
Did you ever dump a college from your list because of the type (or number) of essays? If so you’re not alone. Find out why some students are weeding out schools based on their wacky essay requirements.
Is your high school senior stuck or struggling with his or her personal statement for college? Here are 3 tips to help any applicant start writing.
If you have a moral issue relating to the use of college essay consultants or M.B.A. admissions consultants, this article will address at least some of them. Read where The Essay Expert draws a moral line, and what the NYT and WSJ have to say on the topic.
My particular interest is the essay portion of the application, and so it is pertinent to me that although the Common Application essay topic choices have not changed, the suggested length of the essay has. Students are now requested to write 250-500 words on their chosen topic.
College Essay Topic #4: 7 Essay Tips for Writing a College Application Essay About a Fictional Character
How can you write an essay about a character from a novel, play or movie without ending up with a book report instead of a college application essay? Follow these guidelines and you will demonstrate your ability to think critically about literature, film or theater, as well as about yourself.
Can you write your college application essay about a famous person and still have the essay be about yourself? Read these tips to find out how to do it!