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UCHICAGO 2018-2019  SUPPLEMENTAL ESSAY QUESTIONS Thank goodness for the University of Chicago. Their 2018-2019 annual prompts just came out, and we love them. They often provide great brainstorming discussions for all applicants. Here’s prompt #2. For the rest check out our site.  Essay Option 2 You’re on a voyage in […]

UCHICAGO 2018-2019 SUPPLEMENTAL ESSAY QUESTIONS


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Yale 2018-2019 Essays Thanks to #Yale for releasing its Fall 2019 Essays. ‏”What inspires you?” is one. Passionate #college applicants inspire us. All College Application Essays has all college application requirements. http://allcollegeessays.org.  Make sure you check the difference between the Common Application and Coalition Application requirements. The former requires only written word responses, while the […]

Yale 2018-2019 Essays




2015-2016 Common APP Essays Prompts and Commentary By Rebecca Joseph The News The Common Application last week released its 2015-2016 freshman essay prompts. They include one entirely new prompt (prompt four) replacing the one about the place where you are perfectly content. They revised the first two prompts and kept two (essay […]

The Powerful College Application #Selfie See Dr. J’s newest Huffington Post blog about how college applicants need to show up more in their application essays. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-joseph/the-powerful-college-application_b_6298218.html Here is the first paragraph… In this era of shameless teenage self-promotion through selfies, Instagram and Snapchat, it is remarkable how much difficulty many […]

The Powerful College Application #Selfie


By Rebecca Joseph Here is my latest blog from The Huffington Post.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-joseph/editing-college-application-essays_b_4105569.html Recently, I saw a private coach inside a Starbucks using a thesaurus to help a high school senior make a college application essay sound “more mature.” Another counselor encouraged one of my students to write about a […]

A Plea to Those Helping Students With College Application Essays: ...



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2013-2014 Cal Tech Writing Supplement  1. Please list three books, along with their authors, that have been particularly meaningful to you. For each book, please include a sentence explaining their influence upon you. Please note that your response is not limited to math, science or school-assigned texts. (Required, 250 word max, Paste […]

2014 Cal Tech Writing Supplement


2013-2014 American University Writing Supplement 1. American University provides its students the freedom to pursue majors and minors within and across the different schools and colleges of the University. In one paragraph, discuss your academic goals and how American University would help you achieve them. (Required, 250 words words max, Paste […]

2014 American University Supplement


Last Saturday, Dr. Joseph and Juan Chavez, a first gen freshman at UC Riverside, shared strategies at East Side Stories at Roosevelt High School in east LA about helping teachers and college access advocates embed college application and scholarship essay writing strategies into their high school English classes. These autobiographical […]

Application Essays As Powerful Counter-Narratives



Honors College Essay Time It’s time to write applications for honors colleges. You must check to see whether you can use what you have already submitted to that college. If you must start from scratch, tell a story that is recent and really relates to where you envision yourself making […]

Honors College Essay Time