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Personal Essay and College Application Essay Unit

Personal Essay and College Application Essay Unit

By the end of this six to thirteen-day unit, students will be well on their way to writing a finished copy of a college application essay. Additionally, by examining published essays, completing exercises, and participating in class discussions, they will they will have an understanding of the elements of a successful personal essay. If you prefer to have students write in class, because they have other work for homework or you would rather not assign homework, you could insert two…

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How to Kick-Start Your College Essay

How to Kick-Start Your College Essay

Sometimes the hardest part of writing a college admissions essay is just getting started. Here’s a quick exercise to get pen to paper (or keyboard to computer). Step 1: Think about yourself What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your best qualities? Are you a plugger? An intellectual? A creative type? Curious? Passionate? Determined? Step 2: Choose a positive quality you’d like to convey to the admissions committee Don’t pick an event or something you’ve done. President of the…

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