“College Essay Season” has begun. The summer between junior and senior year of high school is the best time to write the main college essay – the 650-word (maximum) personal statement you can use for all colleges you apply to through the popular Common Application. Students who can complete the essay now will be in much better shape come fall. Before you dive in, however, make sure you don’t fall into any of the traps below. MYTH: The college essay is used as a writing sample
Many colleges use interviews as components of their admissions process. Yet with so much emphasis on the importance of “the essay,” the so-called experts and the internet seldom pay much attention to college interviews. Although there are countless books on how to write essays, a recent internet search revealed only one book devoted to college interviews. However, interviews can prove even more important than essays. I am personally aware of multiple cases where great intervi
Here are five nuggets of advice for students who are heading off to college for the first time. These come from personal experience. 1. College is entirely different from the life you have always known. Don't kid yourself: high school has prepared you somewhat (but not that much) for the rigors of the college classroom, but it did NOT prepare you for the college environment. Perhaps the biggest struggle is time management. You haven't had this kind of unscheduled time before.