Preparing for College

Essays with A Smile

You rising seniors out there are looking at the summer ahead for jobs, fun, relaxation, vacations, and maybe--just maybe--some planning for your college applications this fall. If you're like many of the students I've worked with over the years, you're probably most concerned about your essays. Even the brightest students many times have difficulty conjuring decent topics and gathering their compositional forces to put together a winning st of sentences and paragraphs. So, what's a frustrated essayist to do then?

Try a little humor, I say! If you can put a smile on the faces of those admissions folks who will be reading your application, then you will have gone a long way to helping them remember you from amid the piles and piles of applications that glaze over their eyes every year. The goal is to stand out, right? Well, humor in your writing, properly applied, can be a big plus for you.

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