Some of you high school juniors may have already ended your school year. Others of you are in the midst of a hectic year-end series of tests and other wrapping-up details. Regardless, once you've had your last day of junior classes, you will be officially declared a "rising" senior. That will entitle you to face the coming challenges of the college admissions process this fall, assuming that you will be aspiring to head to a traditional four-year undergraduate institution in the fall of 2018.
Many, if not most, of you will be dealing with the Common Application. Perhaps the most challenging aspect of the Common App is its essay, which will serve to introduce your writing skills to all those admission committees at the schools that accept the Common App.