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How to Parse the New Common App Essay Prompts

This is a guest blog entry by Kim Lifton, President and Co-Founder of Wow Writing Workshop.Kim is president of Wow Writing Workshop, which teaches students how to write compelling college admissions essays using a proprietary 10-step Wow Method. Check out Wow Online – College Essay to learn more about the first comprehensive and self-guided tutorial for college application writing. Wow also teaches ACT/SAT writing prep courses. Kim will parse each of the five new Common App prompts for the 2013-14 college admission cycle so you can better understand what you need to do to stand out from the crowd. Before you begin the application essay writing process, ask yourself, “What do I want the college to know about me beyond grades, activities and test scores?”  (This post focuses on Common App pr...

10 Essay Topics That Don’t Work

A college essay can fail for a number of reasons. The writing can be atrocious, the theme can be predictable, the execution of the essay can simply flop, or the student’s personality doesn’t shine through. We’ve compiled a list of 10 essays topics that don’t work so try to avoid them. 1. The grandparent essay Why it doesn’t work: Everyone looks up to their grandparents, but unless your grandma is the one applying to college, chances are the admissions officer will not want to hear about all of her accomplishments. You want to show off your talents and personality, not your grandmother’s. 2. The death essay Why it doesn’t work: It is tempting to use death as a vehicle for discussing personal growth. I’m sorry you’ve experienced death—I truly am—and it would seem like bringing up death in a ...

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