Money, Working, or Social Class as a College Essay Topic

If you wrote about money, working, or social class as your college essay topic, you can send it to the New York Times for possible publication in the paper.  This is an annual contest, so if you're still thinking of a possible topic for your applications next year, keep this broad category in mind. Does money make a good college essay topic? Discussing money can make for a good college essay topic, though it presents challenges. It's something that most people aren't comfortable talking about ...
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The Waiting Season

While we wish our students the best of luck as they wait for their letters of acceptance to arrive over the next few weeks, this article from the New York Times helps put the whole process in perspective.   "For every person whose contentment comes from faithfully executing a predetermined script, there are at least 10 if not 100 who had to rearrange the pages and play a part they hadn’t expected to, in a theater they hadn’t envisioned. Besides, life is defined by setbacks, and succes...
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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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