Fifteen great college essays

Fifteen great college essays  A great college essay is an effective college essay for the student who wrote it. Some are little works of art, beautifully written, subtle, and insightful. Others are simple and straightforward. Nothing fancy.  But all of them were...

Meet Elijah

College Essays 101 Meet Elijah Elijah applied to eleven colleges: a few reach schools, a few safe schools, and target schools. He got in to all of them. Two offered him unsolicited four-year, 50% scholarships in part, they wrote, because of his essay. That was...

What Did Elijah Have to Do?

College Essays 101 What did Elijah have to do to write such a great essay? Elijah had written the first draft of his college essay on his own. He was motivated (and his mother was thrilled). But then he rewrote it the way he thought his English teacher wanted him to....

Read Elijah’s Third and Final Version

College Essays 101 Read Elijah’s Third and Final Version After realizing that he still had work to do, Elijah got help from an essay mentor. He was lucky that he had three weeks to spare! This is the essay he submitted on the Common Application (the prompt was:...

Read Spencer’s Final Version

College Essays 101 Read Spencer’s Final Version After realizing that he still had work to do, Spencer got help his essay mentor. He was lucky that he had three weeks to spare! This is the essay he submitted on the Common Application (the prompt was: Share an...