So, you say you’re done, ay?

In the academic meritocratic realm of teenage braggadocio, everyone’s been done with their college essays, except you. At least, that’s what nearly every college applicant believes about their friends, peers, frenemies, academic archrivals—only adding stress to an already complicated self-reflective, autobiographical writing process. 

Yet, The Common Application’s own statistics about the daily record applicant submissions on November 1, the day of the earliest application deadline of the Fall 2022 admissions season, contradict such teenage posturing: 

If everyone was done, why did 738,277 people submit their applications in the last two days before the deadline? 

Furthermore, the top searches of our Creative Marbles blog in the last week leading into the November 1 deadline, also undermines the seeming confidence of teenage applicants in their final application production: 

Why are students who are confident in the autobiographical stories submitted for the first application, already seeking to change their essays for subsequent applications? 

So, to make a short story, longer, don’t believe the hype.

Creative Marbles was founded by teachers who appreciate helping students craft insightful essays, first in the academic classroom, now as part of the complex college admissions process. For more information, please contact us 

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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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