Preparing for College

Adventures in Essayland

If you're a rising high school senior planning to apply to college this fall, you more than likely will be dealing with application essays. The Common Application requires a "major" essay and many colleges that use the Common Application also throw a supplement your way that usually requires additional writing in the form of either another longish statement or a hit parade of so-called "short responses." If you're a strong writer, then you're probably not too worried about generating all this original writing. However, if you're a bit shaky about your compositional skills, the prospect of cranking out convincing verbiage may be causing you some stress.

Here are the Common App "personal statement" questions or "prompts," as they're often called:

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