College Essay Assistance in the Most Surprising Places

You're working on your college essay, staring at the blank page, or that sentence that doesn't sound quite right, or thinking about scrapping the whole thing and starting all over again.  Who can you turn to for an objective opinion?  Your parents are no help:  they graduated back when it was much easier getting into college.  No way would they get in now with those essays they wrote 40 or 50 years ago!  Your English teacher is busy.  Your friends have their own essays to write. Maybe som...
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College Admissions Essays: What did Abigail Write About?

Emily: Hi, Abigail! Do you have a moment in your busy schedule as a Surgery Resident to stop for a moment and reminisce about your college essays? Abigail: Wait one second while I sew up this patient. Just kidding, it's my one day off this month. I can talk for a moment and then I have to catch up on a month's worth of sleep. Emily: Do you remember what you wrote your college essay about? Abigail: Of course! It was all about how I wanted to become a doctor. I wrote about how my grandmothe...
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College Admissions Essays: What did Chris write about?

Anna: Hi, Chris! What did you write your college essay about? Chris: I don't remember a specific topic. It certainly wasn't as complex a process as it is today. I think I dashed it off in an afternoon and didn't even show it to my parents. I didn't want to show it to my father because he was so convinced I was going to UT. The main reason I applied is because Duke had the best basketball team.
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College Admissions Essays: What did Ben write about?

Emily: Hi, Ben! I know you graduated more than a few years ago, but can you remember what you wrote your college essay about? Ben: I wrote about developing my perspective on leadership through outdoor expeditions. Emily: Cool! Can you remember any details? Ben: The first sentence was, "Life is an uphill climb. There are peaks, false peaks, and even some downhills. We may never reach the summit, but...sorry, can't remember the rest." I also remember saying something about turning bossiness int...
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Inspiration

Need a little college essay coaching inspiration? The authors below have written bestseller after bestseller, won two Nobel Prizes, and dazzled millions of readers. One has his own hall in Harvard Yard. “You’re miserable, edgy and tired. You’re in the perfect mood for writing.” ― Warren Ellis “Panicky despair is an underrated element of writing.” ― Dave Barry “The faster I write, the better my output. If I’m going slow, I’m in trouble. It means I’m pushing the words instead of being pul...
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We love our Facebook fans! As a thank you, there's no additional charge for your first-choice college's supplement if you sign up for Common App tutoring by August 31. This covers short answers (e.g., Yale's "Short Takes," Columbia's "Interests" and short answers, Chicago's Questions 1 and 2) as well as extended essays (Princeton, Stanford, etc.). Any school, any supplement! As always, our essay management service is included at no additional charge. We'll organize all your prompts, identifyi...
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Missy "The Missile" Franklin collected five Olympic medals and broke two world records, but continues to refuse endorsements so that she can swim in college. You know what that means...she'll be writing essays this fall. The stakes might be a little lower for one of the world's most highly-recruited athletes, but that doesn't mean she's looking forward to it. If YOU were the admission officer reading her essay, what would you like to read about? Leave a reply below, and we'll pick one ent...
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