The 8 Biggest Essay-Writing Myths, And Why the Reality Is Much Better

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The biggest misconception out in College Essay-Writing Land is that college essays are complex, tricky undertakings you can only get through with hours of painful labor. Good news: that's dead wrong.

The truth is that the college essay is simple. It doesn't need to be creative. It doesn't need to be witty. It doesn't require fancy vocabulary. What it does need is to show you'll be SUCCESSFUL in college and beyond. (This blog post walks you through how to make the case you'll succeed by aligning your essay with the 5 traits colleges look for in applicants.) And, it's got to answer all the parts of the prompt. But that's about it.

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