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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A Year of Reading

What's the best way to prepare for your college essays? Besides actually writing them, and rewriting them, and then editing them, and of course, building life experience so that you have something to write about, it's a good idea to read as much as you can in the meantime. Read more than just school-assigned books. Those are often just chosen for their length, or their appropriateness, or the easily palatable lesson they can teach. There's so much more out there! I've always believed that eve...
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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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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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