Blog #6: College Essay Tips

Thoughts About the new “25 Words or Less” Essay Prompt
Did you hear about the new prompts from some colleges that require applicants to write a coherent response in 25 words or less? Here are some examples:
“My favorite thing about last Tuesday.” – University of Maryland
“Recall a compliment you received that you especial value.” Yale University
“If I could do something with no risk of failing, I would…” Brown University
Apparently, tweeting and posting are important skills. There is a downside: If you can’t hit a homerun in this tiny response, you may not get into college – frightening thought. Why would schools want brevity? One reason is the massive numbers of students applying to U.S. schools – over 2 million. Obviously, college admissions officers are just plain exhausted from the vast amount of essays they have to read. One officer told me that she reads 865 essays a year, and this is a small school. Word of advice to officers. Every college-bound student deserves a moment in the sun; let them show you what they are made of by writing their hearts out.

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