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Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Oct 19, 2015 8:30:00 AM
COLLEGE ADMISSIONS, COLLEGE ESSAYS

The personal statementmight just be the hardest part of your collegeapplication.


Mostly this is because it has the least guidance and is the most open-ended. One way to
understand what colleges are looking for when they ask you to write an essay is to
check out the essays of students that already got in - college essays that worked.
After all, they must be among the most successfulof this weird literary genre.
In this article, Ill go through general guidelines for what makes great college essays
great. I've also compiled an enormous list of 100+ actual sample college essaysfrom
over 15 dierent schools. Finally, Ill break down 2 of these published college essay
examples and explain why they work and how they work.With links to over130 full

essays and essay excerpts, this article will be a great resource for learning how to craft
your own personal collegeadmissions essay!

What Excellent CollegeEssays Have in Common


Even though in many ways these sample college essays are very dierent from each
other, they do share some traits you should try to emulate as you write your own essay.

Visible Signs of Planning


Building out from a narrow, concrete focus. Youll see a similar structure in many of
the essays. The author starts with a very detailed story of an event or description of a
person or place. After this sense-heavy imagery, the essayexpands out to make a
broader point about the author, and connects this very memorable experience to the
authors present situation, state of mind, newfound understanding, or maturity level.
Knowing how to tell a story. Some of the experiences in these essays are one-of-akind. But most deal with the stu of everyday life. What sets them apart is the way the
author approaches the topic: analyzing it for drama and humor, for its moving qualities,
for what it says about the authors world, and for how it connects to the authors
emotional life.

Stellar Execution
A killer rst sentence. Youve heard it before, and youll hear it again. You have to suck
the reader in, and the best place to do that is the rst sentence. Great rst sentences
are punchy. Theyare like clihangers, setting up an exciting scene or an unusual
situation with an unclear conclusion, in order to make the reader want to know more.
Dont take my word for it check out these22 rst sentences from Stanford
applicantsand tell me you dont want to read the rest of those essays to nd out what
happens!
A lively, individual voice. Writing is for readers. In this case, your reader is an
admissions ocer who has read thousands of essays before yours, and will read
thousands after. Your goal? Dont bore your reader. Use interesting description, stay

away from clichs, include your own obeat observations anything that makes this
essay sounds like you and not like anyone else.

Enchanted Prince Stan decided to stay away from any frog-kissing princesses to retain
his unique perspective on ruling as an amphibian.

Technical correctness. No spelling mistakes, no grammar weirdness, no syntax issues,


no punctuation snafus each of these sample college essays has been formatted and
proofread perfectly. If this kind of exactness is not your strong suit, youre in luck! All
colleges advise applicants to have their essays looked over several times by parents,
teachers, mentors, and anyone else who can spot a comma splice. Your essay must be
your own work, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with getting help polishing it.

Links to FullCollege Essay Examples


Some colleges publish a selection of their favorite accepted college essays that worked,
and I've put together a selection of over100 of these.

Common App Essay Samples


Please note that some of these college essay examplesmay be responding to prompts
that are no longer in use. The current Common App prompts are:

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so


meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this
sounds like you, then please share your story.
2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount
an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it aect you, and what
did you learn from the experience?
3. Reect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to
act? Would you make the same decision again?
4. Describe a problem youve solved or a problem youd like to solve. It can be an
intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of
personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its signicance to you and what
steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your
transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Johns Hopkins
These essays are answers to past prompts from either the Common Application or the
Universal Application, both of which Johns Hopkins accepts.
7 Common Application or Universal Applicationessays from the class of 2020
8 Common Application orUniversal Application essays from the class of 2019
7 Common Application or Universal Applicationessays from the class of 2018
5 Common Application or Universal Application essays from the class of 2017

Tufts University
4 Common Application essays

Connecticut College
15 Common Application essays from the classes of 2019 -2016

Hamilton College

Hamilton College
8 Common Application essays from the class of 2007
8 Common Application essays from the class of 2012
8 Common Application essays from the class of 2018

Carleton College
3 Common Application essays from past students

Essay examples published by others


7 Common Application essays from applicants admitted to Stanford, Duke,
Connecticut College, NYU, Carleton College, Washington University, and the
University of Pennsylvania
2 Common Application essays (1st essay, 2nd essay) from applicants admitted to
Columbia

Other Sample College Essays


Here is a smaller collection of essays that are college-specic, plus25 essay
excerptsthat will add fuel to your essay-writing re.

Smith College
Each year, Smith asks its applicants to answer a dierent prompt with a 200-word essay.
Here are 6 of these short essaysanswering the 2014 prompt: "Tell us about the best gift
theyve ever given or received."
6 "best gift" essays from the class of 2018
Tufts University
On top of the Common Application essays students submit, Tufts asks applicantsto
answer 4 short essay questions: 3 mandatory, and 1 chosen from 6 prompts.
6 Why Tufts? short essays

6 Let Your Life Speak essays


8 chosen prompt essays

Stanford University
Sometimes it's helpful to see how others managed to get over the dicult rst-line
hump.
22 rst sentences from essays from the class of 2012

University of Virginia
It's also good to know what admissions ocers consider "bad" and "risky" topics for
essays.
3 excerpts from past application essays: 1 good, 1 bad, 1 risky

We're guessing the one that typed with hands covering eyes wrote the bad essay.

Analyzing Great Common App Essays that Worked


I've picked out two essays from the examples collected above to examine more depth,
so you can exactly what makes a successful college essay work. Full credit for these
essays goes to the original authors and the schools that published them.

Example #1: "Breaking Into Cars," by Stephen, Johns Hopkins Class of

Example #1: "Breaking Into Cars," by Stephen, Johns Hopkins Class of


19 (Common App Essay, 636 words long)
I had never broken into a car before.
We were in Laredo, having just nished our rst day at a Habitat for Humanity work site.
The Hotchkiss volunteers had already left, o to enjoy some Texas BBQ, leaving me
behind with the college kids to clean up. Not until we were stranded did we realize we
were locked out of the van.
Someone picked a coat hanger out of the dumpster, handed it to me, and took a few
steps back.
Can you do that thing with a coat hanger to unlock it?
Why me? I thought.
More out of amusement than optimism, I gave it a try. I slid the hanger into the
windows seal like Id seen on crime shows, and spent a few minutes jiggling the
apparatus around the inside of the frame. Suddenly, two things simultaneously clicked.
One was the lock on the door. (I actually succeeded in springing it.) The other was the
realization that Id been in this type of situation before. In fact, Id been born into this
type of situation.
My upbringing has numbed me to unpredictability and chaos. With a family of seven, my
home was loud, messy, and spottily supervised. My siblings arguing, the dog barking,
the phone ringingall meant my house was functioning normally. My Dad, a retired
Navy pilot, was away half the time. When he was home, he had a parenting style
something like a drill sergeant. At the age of nine, I learned how to clear burning oil from
the surface of water. My Dad considered this a critical life skillyou know, in case my
aircraft carrier should ever get torpedoed. The waters on re! Clear a hole! he
shouted, tossing me in the lake without warning. While Im still unconvinced about that
particular lessons practicality, my Dads overarching message is unequivocally true:
much of life is unexpected, and you have to deal with the twists and turns.
Living in my family, days rarely unfolded as planned. A bit overlooked, a little pushed
around, I learned to roll with reality, negotiate a quick deal, and give the improbable a
try. I dont sweat the small stu, and I denitely dont expect perfect fairness. So what if
our dining room table only has six chairs for seven people? Someone learns the
importance of punctuality every night.

But more than punctuality and a special anity for musical chairs, my family life has
taught me to thrive in situations over which I have no power. Growing up, I never
controlled my older siblings, but I learned how to thwart their attempts to control me. I
forged alliances, and realigned them as necessary. Sometimes, I was the poor,
defenseless little brother; sometimes I was the omniscient elder. Dierent things to
dierent people, as the situation demanded. I learned to adapt.
Back then, these techniques were merely reactions undertaken to ensure my survival.
But one day this fall, Dr. Hicks, our Head of School, asked me a question that he hoped
all seniors would reect on throughout the year: How can I participate in a thing I do
not govern, in the company of people I did not choose?
The question caught me o guard, much like the question posed to me in Laredo. Then,
I realized I knew the answer. I knew why the coat hanger had been handed to me.
Growing up as the middle child in my family, I was a vital participant in a thing I did not
govern, in the company of people I did not choose. Its family. Its society. And often, its
chaos. You participate by letting go of the small stu, not expecting order and
perfection, and facing the unexpected with condence, optimism, and preparedness. My
family experience taught me to face a serendipitous world with condence.

What Makes This Essay Tick?


It's very helpful to take writing apart in order to see just how it accomplishes its
objectives. Stephen's essay is very eective. Let's nd out why!

An Opening LineThat Draws You In


I had never broken into a car before.
In just eight words, we get: scene-setting (he is standing next to a car about to break in),
the idea of crossing a boundary (he is maybe about to do an illegal thing for the rst
time), and a clihanger (we are thinking: is he going to get caught? Is he headed for a life
of crime? Is he about to be scared straight?).

Great, Detailed Opening Story

We were in Laredo, having just nished our rst day at a Habitat for Humanity
work site. The Hotchkiss volunteers had already left, o to enjoy some Texas BBQ,
leaving me behind with the college kids to clean up. Not until we were stranded did
we realize we were locked out of the van.
Someone picked a coat hanger out of the dumpster, handed it to me, and took a
few steps back.
Can you do that thing with a coat hanger to unlock it?
Why me? I thought.
More out of amusement than optimism, I gave it a try. I slid the hanger into the
windows seal like Id seen on crime shows, and spent a few minutes jiggling the
apparatus around the inside of the frame.

Its the details that really make this small experience come alive. Notice how whenever
he can, Stephen uses a more specic, descriptive word in place of a more generic one.
The volunteers arent going to get food or dinner, theyre going for Texas BBQ. The
coat hanger comes from a dumpster. Stephen doesnt just move the coat hanger, he
jiggles it.
Details also help us visualize the emotions of the people in the scene. The person who
hands Stephen the coat hanger isnt just uncomfortable or nervous, he takes a few
steps back a description of movement that conveys feelings. Finally, the detail of
actual speech makes the scene pop. Instead of writing that the other guy asked him to
unlock the van, Stephen has the guy actually say his own words in a way that sounds like
a teenager talking.

Coat hangers: not just for crows' nests any more! (Image:Gtz/Wikimedia)

Turning a Specic IncidentInto a Deeper Insight


Suddenly, two things simultaneously clicked. One was the lock on the door. (I
actually succeeded in springing it.) The other was the realization that Id been in
this type of situation before. In fact, Id been born into this type of situation.
Not only does Stephen make the locked car experience a meaningful illustration of how
he has learned to be resourceful and ready for anything, but he makes this turn from
the specic to the broad through an elegant play on the two meanings of the word
click.

Using Concrete Examples When Making Abstract Claims


My upbringing has numbed me to unpredictability and chaos. With a family of
seven, my home was loud, messy, and spottily supervised. My siblings arguing, the
dog barking, the phone ringingall meant my house was functioning normally.
Unpredictability and chaos are very abstract, not easily visualized concepts. Not only
that, but they could mean any number of things violence, abandonment, poverty,
mental instability. By instantly following up with highly nite and unambiguous
illustrations like family of seven and siblings arguing, the dog barking, the phone
ringing, Stephen grounds the abstraction in something that is easy to picture a large
noisy family.

Using Small Bits of Humor and Casual Word Choice

Using Small Bits of Humor and Casual Word Choice


My Dad, a retired Navy pilot, was away half the time. When he was home, he had a
parenting style something like a drill sergeant. At the age of nine, I learned how to
clear burning oil from the surface of water. My Dad considered this a critical life
skillyou know, in case my aircraft carrier should ever get torpedoed.
Obviously, knowing how to clean burning oil is not high on the list of things every nineyear-old needs to know. To emphasize this, Stephen uses sarcasm by bringing up a
situation that is clearly over-the-top: in case my aircraft carrier should ever get
torpedoed. The humor also feels relaxed. Part of this is because he introduces it with
the colloquial phrase you know, so it sounds like he is talking to us in person. This
approach also diuses the potential discomfort of the reader with his fathers strictness
since he is making jokes about it, clearly he is okay. Notice though that this doesnt
occur very much in the essay. This helps keep the tone meaningful and serious rather
than ippant.

"Mr. President? There's been an oil spill!" "Then I want our best elementary school
students on it, STAT."

An Ending That Stretches the Insight Into the Future


But one day this fall, Dr. Hicks, our Head of School, asked me a question that he
hoped all seniors would reect on throughout the year: How can I participate in a
thing I do not govern, in the company of people I did not choose?
The question caught me o guard, much like the question posed to me in Laredo.
Then, I realized I knew the answer. I knew why the coat hanger had been handed
to me.

Growing up as the middle child in my family, I was a vital participant in a thing I did
not govern, in the company of people I did not choose. Its family. Its society. And
often, its chaos. You participate by letting go of the small stu, not expecting order
and perfection, and facing the unexpected with condence, optimism, and
preparedness. My family experience taught me to face a serendipitous world with
condence.

The ending of the essay reveals that Stephens life has been one long preparation for
the future. He has emerged from chaos and his dads approach to parenting as a person
who can thrive in a world that he cant control.
This connection of past experience to current maturity and self-knowledge is a key
element in all successful personal essays. Colleges are very much looking for mature,
self-awareapplicants. Theseare the qualities of successful college students, who will be
able to navigate the independence college classes require and the responsibility and
quasi-adulthood of college life.

What Could This Essay Do Even Better?


Even the best essays aren't perfect, and even the world's greatest writers will tell you
that writing is never "nished" just "due." So what would we tweak in this essay if we
could?
Replacesome of the clichd language. Stephen uses handy phrases like "twists and
turns" and"dont sweat the small stu" as a kind of shorthand for explaining his
relationship to chaos and unpredictability. But using too many of these ready-made
expressions runs the risk of clouding out your own voice and replacing it with something
expected and boring.
Use another example from recentlife. Stephen's rst example (breaking into the van
in Laredo) is a great illustration of being resourceful in an unexpected situation. But his
essay also emphasizes that he "learned to adapt" by being"dierent things to dierent
people." It would be great to see how this plays out outside his family, either in the
situation in Laredo, or in another context.

Example #2:By Bridget Collins,Tufts Class of '19 (Common App Essay,


608 words long)

I have always loved riding in cars. After a long day in rst grade, I used to fall asleep to
the engine purring in my mother's Honda Odyssey, even though it was only a 5-minute
drive home. As I grew, and graduated into the shotgun seat, it became natural and
enjoyable to look out the window. Seeing my world passing by through that smudged
glass, I would daydream what I could do with it.
In elementary school, I already knew my career path: I was going to be Emperor of the
World. While I sat in the car and watched the miles pass by, I developed the plan for my
empire. I reasoned that, for the world to run smoothly, it would have to look
presentable. I would assign people, aptly named Fixer-Uppers, to x everything that
needed xing. That old man down the street with chipping paint on his house would
have a fresh coat in no time. The boy who accidentally tossed his Frisbee onto the roof
of the school would get it back. The big pothole on Elm Street that my mother managed
to hit every single day on the way to school would be lled-in. It made perfect sense! All
the people that didn't have a job could be Fixer-Uppers. I was like a ten-year-old FDR.
Seven years down the road, I still take a second glance at the sidewalk cracks and think
of my Fixer-Uppers, but now I'm doing so from the driver's seat. As much as I would
enjoy it, I now accept that I won't become Emperor of the World, and that the FixerUppers will have to remain in my car ride imaginings. Or do they? I always pictured a
Fixer-Upper as a smiling man in an orange T-Shirt. Maybe instead, a Fixer-Upper could
be a tall girl with a deep love for Yankee Candles. Maybe it could be me.
Bridget the Fixer-Upper will be slightly dierent than the imaginary one who paints
houses and fetches Frisbees. I was lucky enough to discover what I am passionate about
when I was a freshman in high school. A self-admitted Phys. Ed. addict, I volunteered to
help out with the Adapted PE class. On my rst day, I learned that it was for
developmentally-disabled students. To be honest, I was really nervous. I hadn't had too
much interaction with special needs students before, and wasn't sure how to handle
myself around them. Long story short, I got hooked. Three years have passed helping
out in APE and eventually becoming a teacher in the Applied Behavior Analysis summer
program. I love working with the students and watching them progress.
When senior year arrived, college meetings began, and my counselor asked me what I
wanted to do for a career, I didn't say Emperor of the World. Instead, I told him I wanted
to become a board-certied behavior analyst. A BCBA helps develop learning plans for
students with autism and other disabilities. Basically, I would get to do what I love for
the rest of my life. He laughed and told me that it was a nice change that a seventeenyear-old knew so specically what she wanted to do. I smiled, thanked him, and left. But
it occurred to me that, while my desired occupation was decided, my true goal in life
was still to become a Fixer-Upper. So, maybe I'll be like Sue Storm and her alter-ego, the

Invisible Woman. I'll do one thing during the day, then spend my o-hours helping
people where I can. Instead of ying like Sue, though, I'll opt for a nice performance
automobile. My childhood self would appreciate that.

What Makes This Essay Tick?


Bridget takes a somewhat dierent approach than Steven, but her essay is just as
detailed and engaging. Let's go through some of the strengths of her essay.

A Structure Thats Easy to Follow and Understand


The essay is arranged chronologically. Bridget starts each paragraph with a clear
signpost of where we are in time. Paragraph 1: after a long day in rst grade,
paragraph 2: in elementary school, paragraph 3: seven years down the road,
paragraph 4: when I was a freshman in high School, paragraph 5: when senior year
arrived. This keeps the reader well-oriented without being distracting or gimmicky.

One Clear Governing Metaphor


I would assign people, aptly named Fixer-Uppers, to x everything that needed
xing. That old man down the street with chipping paint on his house would have a
fresh coat in no time. The boy who accidentally tossed his Frisbee onto the roof of
the school would get it back.

Seven years down the road, I still take a second glance at the sidewalk cracks and
think of my Fixer-Uppers, but now I'm doing so from the driver's seat. As much as I
would enjoy it, I now accept that I won't become Emperor of the World, and that
the Fixer-Uppers will have to remain in my car ride imaginings. Or do they? I always
pictured a Fixer-Upper as a smiling man in an orange T-Shirt. Maybe instead, a
Fixer-Upper could be a tall girl with a deep love for Yankee Candles. Maybe it could
be me.

I wanted to become a board-certied behavior analyst. A BCBA helps develop


learning plans for students with autism and other disabilities. Basically, I would get
to do what I love for the rest of my life. But it occurred to me that, while my
desired occupation was decided, my true goal in life was still to become a FixerUpper.

What makes this essay fun to read is that Bridget takes a childs idea of a world made
better through quasi-magical helpers and turns it into a metaphor for the authors
future aspirations. It helps that the metaphor is a very clear one: people who work with
students with disabilities are making the world better one abstract x at a time, just like
imaginary Fixer-Uppers would make the world better one concrete physical x at a time.

Every childhood Fixer-Upper ever. Ask your parents to explain the back row to you.
(Image:JD Hancock/Flickr)

An Engaging, Individual Voice


This essay uses many techniques that make Bridget sound genuine and make the
reader feel like we already know her.
Technique #1: humor.Notice Bridget's gentle and relaxed humor that lightly mocks her
younger selfs grand ambitions (this is dierent from the more sarcastic kind of humor
used by Stephen in the rst essay you could never mistake one writer for the other).
In elementary school, I already knew my career path: I was going to be Emperor of
the World.

I was like a ten-year-old FDR.


Technique #2: invented terminology.The second technique is the way Bridget coins
her own terms, carrying them through the whole essay. It would be easy enough to
simply describe the people she imagined in childhood as helpers or assistants, and to
simply say that as a child she wanted to rule the world. Instead, she invents the
capitalized (and thus ocial-sounding) titles Fixer-Upper and Emperor of the World,
making these childish conceits at once charming and iconic. What also key is that the
titles feed into the central metaphor of the essay, which keeps them from sounding like
strange quirks that dont go anywhere.
Technique #3: playing with syntax. The third technique is using sentences of varying
length, syntax, and structure. Most of the essays written in standard English, using
grammatically correct sentences. However, at key moments, Bridget emphasizes that
the reader needs to sit up and pay attention by switching to short, colloquial, dierently
punctuated, and sometimes fragmented sentences.
The big pothole on Elm Street that my mother managed to hit every single day on
the way to school would be lled-in. It made perfect sense! All the people that
didn't have a job could be Fixer-Uppers.
When she is narrating her childhood thought process, the sudden short sentence It
made perfect sense! (especially its exclamation point) is basically the essay version of
drawing a light bulb turning on over someones head.
As much as I would enjoy it, I now accept that I won't become Emperor of the
World, and that the Fixer-Uppers will have to remain in my car ride imaginings. Or
do they?
Similarly, when the essay turns from her childhood imagination to her present-day
aspirations, the turn is marked with Or do they? a tiny and arresting half-sentence
question.
Maybe instead, a Fixer-Upper could be a tall girl with a deep love for Yankee
Candles. Maybe it could be me.
The rst time when the comparison between magical xer-uppers and the future
disability specialist is made is when Bridget turns her metaphor onto herself. The essay
emphasizes the importance of the moment through both repetition (two sentences

structured similarly, both starting with the word maybe) and through the use of a very
short sentence: Maybe it could be me.
To be honest, I was really nervous. I hadn't had too much interaction with special
needs students before, and wasn't sure how to handle myself around them. Long
story short, I got hooked.
The last key moment that gets the small sentence treatment is the emotional crux of the
essay. As we watch Bridget go from nervously trying to help disabled students to falling
in love with this specialty eld, she undercuts the potential sappiness of the moment by
relying on changed up sentence length and slang: Long story short, I got hooked.

The best essays convey emotions just as clearly as this image.

What Could This Essay Do Even Better?


Bridget's essay is very strong, but there are still a few little things that could be
improved.
Explain the car connection better. The essay begins and ends with Bridget enjoying a
car ride, but this doesn't seem to be related either to the Fixer-Upper idea or to her
passion for working with special needs students. It would be great to either connect this
into the essay more, or to take it out altogether and create more space for something
else.
Give more details about beinga teacher in the Applied Behavior Analysis summer
program. It makes perfect sense that Bridget doesn't want to put her students on

display. It would both take the focus o of her, and could possibly read as oensive or
condescending. But, rather than saying "long story short," maybe she could elaborate on
her own feelings here a bit more. What is it about this kind of teaching that she loves?
What is she hoping to bring to the lives of her future clients?

Tips for Writing Your Own Essay


How can you use this discussion to better your own college essay? Here are some
suggestions for ways to use this resource.
Take apart the other essays in the links.
Can you explain to yourself (or someone else!) why the opening sentence works
well?
Look for the essay's detailed personal anecdote. What senses is the author
describing? Can you easily picture the scene in your mind's eye?
Find the place where this anecdote bridges into a larger insight or
informationabout the author. How does the essay connect the two? How does the
anecdote work as an example of the author's characteristic, trait, or skill?
Check out the essay's tone. If it's funny, can you nd the places where the humor
comes from? If it's sad and moving, can you nd the imagery and description of
feelings that make you moved? If it's serious, can you see how word choice adds to
this tone?

When you gure out how all the cogs t together, you'll be able to build your
own...um...whatever this is.


Find your "A-ha!" moment. All of these essays rely on connecting with the reader
through a heartfelt, highly descriptive scene from the author's life. It can either be very
dramatic (did you survive a plane crash?) or it can be completely mundane (did you
nally beat your dad at Scrabble?). Either way, it should be personal and revealing about
you, your personality, and the way you are now that you are entering the adult world.
Start early, revise often. Let me level with you: the best writing isn't writing at all. It's
rewriting. And in order to have time to rewrite, you have to start way before the
application deadline. My advice is to write your rst draftat least 2 monthsearly. Let it
sit for a few days untouched. Then come back to it with fresh eyes and think critically
about what you've written. What's extra? What's missing? What is in the wrong place?
What doesn't make sense? Don't be afraid to take apart and rearrange. Do this several
times over, and your essay will be much better for it.

Whats Next?
Interested in learning more about college essays? Stay tuned for many more articles
on essay writing coming soon! In the meantime, check out our explainer for a
verydetailed breakdown of exactly how personal statements work in an application,
somesuggestions on what to avoid when writing your essay, and our guide towriting
about your extracurricular activities.
Working on the rest of your application? Readwhat admissions ocers wish
applicants knew before applying.

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