As a seasoned college essay consultant, I was recently asked to contribute to “7 Expert Tips for the Common App Essay,” published by BestColleges.com.
It’s a beginner’s look at the personal statement. Once you read it, please come back and delve into my many posts on the subject. My strategies are based on decades as an Ivy League writing professor and 12 years as a college essay consultant. My posts include The College Admissions Essay Prompts Are Your Friends. and A Great College Essay: Wanna Write One?
“For high school seniors, fall means college application season. And college applications often mean applying through the Common App, an online system that lets you apply to multiple schools at the same time. In other words, you only have to fill out everything once — including a personal statement.
“But just how important is the Common App essay? This application component gives schools the opportunity to learn more about you as a person and what’s important to you. You should use this space to tell your story and reveal aspects about your personality that admissions officers can’t detect through other parts of your application. READ THE REST
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