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The 2016-2017 Common App Prompts Are Out And Nothing Has Changed

Topic: College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, Most Popular  |  Posted on January 29th, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

Yes, it’s true. While you were sleeping, the tiny elves powering the Common Application were up all night perfecting the 2016-2017 prompts. This unprecedented early release gives juniors almost an entire year to plan for this momentous assignment. Plus, the 2016-2017 Common App prompts are exactly the same as the 2015-2016 prompts! So, juniors, make […]

Personal Essay Spotlight: Eudora Welty

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on April 22nd, 2015  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

When high seniors first encounter the Common Application, most have little to no experience with the personal essay, but this is exactly what colleges expect you to deliver in your application. It’s a format that requires both a conversational tone and polished, insightful storytelling, but most students haven’t had many opportunities or reasons to proactively […]

Writing the College Admissions Essay: How Early is Too Early To Start?

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on April 30th, 2014  |  Written by CEA HQ

The time has come. Flowers are blooming. The frost has permanently (we hope!) melted from the trees. Students everywhere have taken the incessant checking of their Instagram feeds to the fresh air of the outdoors. Spring has finally arrived, and with it comes a daunting task – beginning the college admissions essay. We are often […]