Essays

09 November 2016

Essays That Worked (Johns Hopkins Edition)

Posted in Class of 2021, Essays, Perspectives

johnshopkinslogoStill struggling with your college essays?  Here's an excellent post from Johns Hopkins University on essays that worked.  It provides seven actual essays submitted by applicants and commentary from the admissions committee on why they worked.

08 November 2016

Essays that Worked (Tufts Edition)

Posted in Class of 2021, Essays, Perspectives

tuftsStill looking for ideas on how to write a compelling admissions essay? Then check out this set of essays that worked, courtesy of Tufts admissions.

This blog post includes successful responses for all of the essay prompts included by Tufts, as well as some video commentary on why each one proved compelling to the admissions team.

Click here for the essays.

07 November 2016

Essays That Worked (Connecticut College Edition)

Posted in Class of 2021, Essays, Perspectives

ConnecticutCollegeLogoHere's an excellent post from Connecticut College on essays that worked.  It provides several actual essays submitted by recent applicants along with some tips from the Dean of Admissions.

24 March 2016

University of California Revamps Personal Statement Section of Application

Posted in Essays, Perspectives

ucBeginning this fall, the University of California will replace the two personal statement prompts in the UC Application with short answer questions that students can choose from.  

Freshman applicants will now choose four out of eight "personal insight" questions to answer.  Each is limited to 350 words and will have equal weighting.

The new questions will be available August 1st as part of the fall 2017 application.

Click here for FAQs or here for the personal insight questions.

19 October 2015

Essays That Worked (Class of 2019)

Posted in Essays, Perspectives

johnshopkinslogoStill struggling with your college essays?  Here's an excellent post from Johns Hopkins University on essays that worked.  It provides eight actual essays submitted by applicants and commentary from the admissions committee on why they worked.

21 May 2015

Essays About Work and Class That Caught a College's Eye

Posted in Essays, Perspectives

 

nytFor those of you looking for possible admission essay topics, here are seven about work and class that caught a college's eye.  

Click here for the article

09 December 2014

Essays That Worked

Posted in Essays, Perspectives

johnshopkinslogoHere's an excellent posting from Johns Hopkins University on essays that worked.  Unlike the previous posts that focus on tips, this article provides seven actual essay examples submitted by applicants and commentary from the admissions committee on why they worked.

08 December 2014

Art of Writing College Essays

Posted in Essays, Perspectives

todayshowlogoHere's a video segment from the Today Show featuring Jacques Steinberg, former New York Times senior editor and author of The Gatekeepers.  It's about the art of writing college essays and he provides some examples of what works and doesn't and why.  Though the segment is from 2010, it should be of help to those of you trying to figure out how to best convey your thoughts on paper. 

06 December 2014

Tips for Writing an Effective Essay

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College board logoHere's another useful set of tips for writing an effective application essay, this time from Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale University, courtesy of the College Board.