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College Essay Tips for "Ordinary Teenager"

Question: It seems like everyone else has something significant to write about in their college essays … the death of a parent or winning some national music award. I am just an ordinary teenager. I have lived in my same suburban house my whole life and am in a bunch of typical school clubs. How can I write an essay that will be memorable?

College admission officials aren't looking for drama in application essays. Instead, they are more interested in submissions that reveal what's important to you and how you think. If humor is your strong suit, that can be a nice addition as well. Seven hours into a mountain of folders, most admission folks could use a good laugh! (But don't force the humor if you're not a natural Will Ferrell or Tina Fey.)

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