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Common Application and Supplemental Essays

It’s October already. You may recall my cautions about how fast Thanksgiving arrives for high school seniors. With that looms the Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) deadlines.

Perhaps the most feared aspect of applying to college these days is writing that big Common Application essay, along with similarly sized supplemental essays that colleges love to attach to the Common App. For some students, major essay writing can be completely intimidating. It doesn’t have to be that way, though.

By now in your educational experience, you should have enough writing acumen to at least approach these writing challenges with a reasonable group of skills. You’ve been writing papers and reports for a number of years now. Application essays are essentially a combination of technical expertise and imagination. Humor can be a big help, too.

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