It's mid-September and most high school seniors who are aspiring college students are now thinking about -- if not angsting about -- their application essays. Most college applicants will be using the Common Application for their college process. There are other application methods, but the Common App is, by far, the most used these days.
I have been writing articles and blog posts for College Confidential since 2001. Across those 17 years, I've frequently written about how to incorporate the best approaches to writing application essays, both the main Common App essay (the one with the 650-word limit) and those pesky so-called “supplemental" essays that colleges love to tack onto the Common App.