Juniors: Resources for Kickstarting Your Essays this SummerPosted on Wed, 05/15/2013 - 10:37
We strongly urge you to have at least your Common Application essay in good shape before senior year begins. Fall of senior year is a busy time and writing your essays while attending school is like adding a class to your schedule. Summer provides the luxury of uninterrupted time to reflect and write. Here's some advice to kickstart your essays over the coming summer months -- from a suggested reading list that we hope will inspire to some excellent step-by-step guidance on the new Common Application essay prompts.
Advice for Students on Topics for the New Common App Essays College advisor Alice Kleeman breaks down each of the new Common Application essay prompts, with guidance on academic, extracurricular, and personal topics that might fit neatly into a response for each prompt. And there's a bonus section on the essays that have been Ms. Kleeman's favorites in her more than twenty years advising students.
For more information about essays, including a step-by-step guide to developing a topic, see Chapter 13, "Essays," " in College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step.