Education, Life

Writing the Perfect College Essay In 48 Hours or Less

High school seniors seeking early admission have just over 48 hours to submit their college applications (and make sure their teachers have written letters of recommendation – like I’m writing tonight). One make-or-break aspect of the application process is the personal essay. I help students edit plenty of these every year, and it’s nice to know that educational consultant Dave Marcus agrees with me on a couple of points:

There are a lot of mistakes, but I would name three of them: 1) They take way too long to start—they warm up their engines I like to say. 2) They are really vague and we don’t get a sense of who they are. 3) A lot of kids feel they have to boast, they have to impress the admissions office—it’s not that way; it’s wrong.

Listen to an interview with Marcus on NPR’s Here and Now, right here, right now. And write tonight!

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