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Seniors diving in to the Common Application, will need to be aware of changes to the essays for the 2011 – 2012 college admission season. The Common App essay instructions now have a specified length. Essays should be between 250 – 500 words. Prior to 2011, essay had no designated length. Writing a succinct and meaningful essay will make a positive impression on college admission officers. Here are two strategies for the Common App essay:
The Write Stuff. Writing about a passion in a succinct personal essay while utilizing the rules of grammar will hold the attention of an admission officer. While an uncommon topic will catch attention, a common grammar mistake jeopardize your application. Have several teachers read your essay for both substance and grammar.
The Write Priority. Many students struggle with the Common App essay topics. Although the six choices of essay topics are of no surprise, they stump the best students. To avoid this form of writer’s block, write your essay first and, after editing, select the topic that best fits your writing. Often, the cohesion between the essay topic and the written essay can be sealed with the editing of one sentence. With one of the options being “topic of your choice,” this is a strong strategy to maximize your essay’s potential.
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Brian D. Crisp is an independent educational consultant with Crisp Consulting + Coaching who works with families in Asheville, Charleston, and Savannah to optimize and realize their unique educational fit and admission success. As a former professor, administrator, and teacher, Brian has the knowledge and skills to counsel families in all aspects of educational planning.