Monday, December 21, 2015

Best & Worst College App Essay Prompts 2015-16

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As college application essay writing season comes to a close, I do my mini version of a year-end list: my favorite college app essay prompts and supplements - and my one least favorite - on Huffington Post's College Page. Here's the opening.

"As the college application essay writing season draws to a close, with only a short time left before most regular applications are due, I'm looking back on some of the most interesting -- and most annoying -- essays prompts I've seen this year.
"I'm also taking a moment to marvel at how revealing the essay prompts are about what kind of students the colleges are looking for when they devise the questions that help them distinguish between tens of thousands of applicants. Precisely because there are so many hugely accomplished, talented students, and because the Common Application has devoted itself to making it easy to apply (and increasing its own coffers in the process, let's not forget), the essays are one of the tools used by the schools to make distinctions. And the essay questions, which vary enormously from institution to institution, tell us some of what each institution values in its applicants.
"The University of Chicago's famously demanding, quirky prompts are there to help them select the kind of students who would thrive in this highly cerebral atmosphere. By the same token, the essay prompts are information for the applicants, too. If you're not comfortable writing an essay inspired by this prompt: "Joan of Arkansas. Queen Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Babe Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Mash up a historical figure with a new time period, environment, location or occupation, and tell us their story," it's a safe bet that this isn't the right university for you. I frequently have clients who are eager to apply there, until they read the prompts. READ MORE
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

College Application Essays & Supplements Over Winter Holidays? Top Coach Can Help

The last week has been a nail-biter for college applicants and their families as Harvard, Brown, Stanford, Duke, NYU, and many other colleges have sent out notices about Early Decision and Restricted Early Action.

As always, there's a lot of joy - and plenty of disappointment. One trend that doesn't quit is deferrals. People who've counted on the stress lifting by applying Early Decision are learning that the stress will continue, and they will have to send in a new batch of applications for January 1st deadlines.

If you've been deferred or rejected by your Early Decision or Early Action choices, you're scrambling to write more essays, and you need another pair of eyes, a sounding board, a gentle guide through the system, please contact me for a free consult to find out what you might need and how I might be able to help you in the next two weeks.

These are two new emails from students I've worked with this fall:

"I just wanted to let you know that I got into Tufts! I'm very excited and wanted to thank you for everything and all you did for me these past few months!"  ~ RC, New Jersey

"I honestly couldn't have done it without you, Liz. It's been a joy to work with you."  ~ O.P. Early Decision, Northwestern

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