College essays are a close cousin to public speaking. Of course, you're not standing in front of a crowd, but your essay will be viewed by a group of strangers — the college admissions committee readers at the colleges to which you apply. That thought alone may be enough to birth fear inside your heart and keystrokes.
Thus, I thought I would address those of you who may be experiencing anxiety about the Common Application's essay challenge, as well as all those pesky supplemental essays that colleges love to torture you with. One of my coaching mantras is, “Knowledge and familiarity breed confidence."