Common Application Essays

The July 4th holiday just ended. That's the traditional halfway point of summer. You know, Memorial Day kicks off these lazy, crazy, hazy days, and Labor Day brings summertime to an end, and makes the transition into fall, as well as into a new school year.

If you're a rising high school senior planning to apply to college this fall, you'll 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."

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