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College essay don’ts

November 4, 2008

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Here are some bloopers to avoid in the college applications process:

¢ Not responding specifically to the prompt. Students often use an essay they've written for multiple applications.

¢ Using cliches - expressions such as "I can do anything if I set my mind to it."

¢ Gimmicks. Students have taken creativity too far by writing rhyming poems about why they deserve to be accepted, for example.

¢ Bad topic choice. Don't write about strident political or religious views.

¢ Boring introduction. Avoid starting out with a lackluster line such as, "In this essay I will talk about why Gandhi was an important historical figure."

¢ One of the most avoidable blunders of all ... writing the wrong school name in the essay as you extol its virtues and your undying desire to attend.

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