Friday, May 9, 2014

College App Essay Topics: Money, Social Class, Work

I think it's a bit early to start writing one's college application essays - though many graduate students have much earlier deadlines - but not too early to think about life experiences that have meant something to us, and that might turn out to be persuasive essays. There are many lists we're all familiar with about subjects to avoid in college application essays. Here's a brief story in The New York Times by Ron Lieber about subjects to consider, and that students are not often encouraged to think about: money, social class, and work. Here's the opening of the piece. I encourage you to take a look. Be sure to click on the link to the four essays!

"Last year I got a tip from a friend who is a college-admissions officer about the rising number of application essays her school was receiving about money, social class and work. As someone who is engaged in a yearslong effort to get people talking about money more often, I wanted to encourage this trend. I also desperately wanted to read them myself, so I asked readers to send them in. We published four last year and have just put up four more.READ MORE

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