Tag: Essays


Grammar Shmammer

The rules of grammar can be annoying, especially when an English paper is “bleeding” with red ink marks, noting every single punctuation and grammar error. However, the purpose for grammar, which is to articulate the author’s ideas clearly to the reader, can get lost in trying to follow the rules of grammar. To help all the college …


Slaying The College Essay


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The College Essay

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“The Three D’s: Death, Disease & Divorce”

When beginning to write college application essays, students often worry about having lived an “ordinary” life, under the assumption that a dramatic event is a compelling topic to persuade college admissions officers.   A few years back, a stressed-out Senior, with tears welling in her eyes, exclaimed to her dad, “Why couldn’t you have died?!?  Then, …


Long Live the College Admission Essay

Being in the trenches over the last month or so of the college admissions process and more specifically, the writing portion of the application process–a process I have experienced again and again without tiring (this is my 18th season working with students on the writing of the autobiographical college essay), playing the role of editor …