Be Specific When Essay Asks "Why This College?"


All across America, high school seniors are wrestling with major challenges: The new school year, heavy academic loads, numerous activities and -- perhaps most oppressively (and maybe annoyingly) of all -- their college application processes and essay questions. It can be stressful enough to make any healthy teenager lose sleep.

Doing all the research necessary to create that final list of candidate schools is bad enough (forget about the time, energy and expense of visiting campuses), but the actual physical process of filling out the applications can create major frustrations. Applicants need to round up their recommendations, gather their lists of activities, make sure that each school's application requirements are satisfied, and then, after all that is done, they face the universally acclaimed worst part of applying: the essays.

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