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Rewrite and Proofread
A well-written essay usually takes multiple drafts. Teens sometimes want to believe that they write best under pressure so procrastination makes for a better essay. This really isn’t how it works. Quality essays take time and revision. Giving an essay time to rest helps you avoid spelling and grammar mistakes. Consider having at least two people proofread your essay, and listen with an open mind to their feedback. Both the Common Application and Coalition Application prompts are available in early summer so you have plenty of time to work on your essays. Students who take time for revisions end up with better essays.

Common Application Personal Statement

the current Common Application essay topics and tips for choosing the best topic for you.
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This is an excellent question. In general, most students write one essay for the Common App to use for all their target schools. My understanding, however, is that you are allowed to write different essays for different schools. (Please confirm that on your own by reading The Common Application instructions. I would so hate to steer you wrong.) Most admissions professional I have talked to say to just write one essay to send to all your schools because it is so much extra work, and that you can get more specific with each school’s supplemental requirements. Most supplemental essays for transfer students will ask about things like why you want to study at their school and/or to describe your major or field of choice. This is where you can talk about specific programs, course, professors, facilities, etc., about that target school. In your main Common App essay for transferring you can still talk about your field of choice, but will need to keep the details generic. I hope this helps and answers your questions. Best, Janine Robinson

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This is a hard question because an effective college application essays needs to accomplish several goals, and different parts have separate roles. First, the essay must engage the reader at the start, so it’s imperative that the introduction is compelling. Second, the essay must reveal something unique about the writer, so it must have a sharp focus and share something about the writer’s personality. Third, the essay needs to show the writer’s character, so it needs to express their values, how they learn and what they care about. The best way to do all three is to share a personal experience and then explain what it meant to you.

Mar 30, 2017 - Ideally, August 1st is the best time to get the common application essay started
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We encourage applicants to develop a mindset that they are creating a personal statement rather than an essay to the admissions committees. This should set a tone of sharing what you consider to be the most important interests you have, experiences that influence your interests or academic interests and goals for college. You do not want to write what amounts to a summary of your activities and accomplishments which you will list in other parts of the application. The best starting point to the personal statement is to decide what key personal features or characteristics you want a group of strangers to know about you. Then choose an event, a circumstance, or an activity that enables you to develop these features into a coherent story. Be relaxed, be honest, and be energetic in your writing.

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Common Application: One of Many Essays
While the Common Application is the standard application form for over 600 colleges, this single essay will not be the only essay most students write. Some colleges are not a member of the Common Application. Many schools have opted for the 2017-2018 season to join the Many colleges also assign additional supplemental essay topics. While this main essay won’t be the only college admissions essay most students write, it is for many their most important essay. Take time to really think through your plan and be prepared to try more than one topic before you settle on the one that fits you best. Remember that writing personal essays can be tough, so it is okay if you struggle. Hang in there and keep plugging along until you write an essay you can be proud of.

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It will come as no surprise that Harvard consistently ranks among the top universities in the world. Its highly regarded reputation and academic chops attract the best and brightest. It accepts as well as the Universal College Application (with no preference). Both of these applications require an essay response.