“But, I’ll Be Bragging…” And Other Perils of Writing College Essays


Mention the words “college essays” to any soon-to-be high school Senior, and watch their faces contort.  Although expected, the autobiographical college essay that’s included in college applications can provoke a unique stress, as few 17 year olds are: A) used to promoting their qualities and qualities, and B), has thought in detail about big questions, like “What do you dream for yourself in the future?”  Not only are college applicants being asked to make clear their life story and personal insights, now they’re writing a statement that will assist them in reaching their college goals–usually a lifelong expected next step.  Tricky? Yes.  Doable? Absolutely.  Stress-less? Probably not.  To reduce stress, listen to our latest podcast about the purpose of a college essay within the application.

Previous posts can also help: a guest post from recent graduate advising peers about writing the college essays, how to tell the story of your life and perspective on the difficulty of distinguishing yourself.

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About Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy

Jill Yoshikawa, EdM, Harvard ’99, a seasoned, 25 year educator and consultant, is meticulous in helping clients navigate all aspects of the educational experience, no matter the level of complexity. She combines educational theory with experience to advise families, schools and educators. A UCSD and Harvard graduate, as well as a former high school teacher, Jill works tirelessly to help her clients succeed.
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