Friday, April 8, 2016

College & Common Application Essays: A Coach Looks Forward & Back

As always, you can read my latest blog post here: 

As I mentioned earlier here, the Common Application essay prompts will be the same this coming year (2016-17) as they were this past year. I think it's great news, as the prompts have the power to elicit terrific essays. I spent some time exploring each of the prompts in my latest Huffington Post blog, College and Common Application Essays: A Coach Looks Forward and Back. Here's the opening, or you can click here to read the whole thing. 

"One frenzied application season is just over and another - take a deep breath - is about to begin.
"By March 31st, college applicants around the world had heard from the colleges of their dreams, their so-so’s and their safeties, including First Daughter, Malia Obama, who is said to be choosing from between Barnard (yay, my alma mater!) and NYU (another great NYC school). Most students have until May 1st to make up their minds, and then there’s the Slow Dance of the Waiting List that goes on through the summer.
"For high school juniors, the process is just beginning.
"In this sea of uncertainty, there’s one thing we know for sure now: the Common Application essay prompts from last year were so successful, they will be used this coming year. I couldn’t be happier, as I’ve seen these prompts elicit fascinating personal reflections that enable admissions officers to learn a great deal about the applicants and give students a chance to “explain” themselves the way they might in a leisurely interview.
"I was also delighted to see how popular the individual prompts are compared to one another. For the most part, the Common Application’s numbers jive with my experience. And please keep in mind: you choose only one of these prompts, with a word limit of 650." READ MORE
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