Advice for Working on the Essay this SummerPosted on Tue, 05/20/2014 - 11:02
Fall of senior year is a busy time. So we strongly urge you to have at least your Common Application essay in good shape before senior year begins because writing the essays while attending school is like adding a class to your schedule -- remember, in addition to the Common App's, there are those in the supplements. Summer provides the luxury of uninterrupted time to reflect and write. And you're fortunate that the Common App essay prompts will remain the same, so you don't have to wait until August 1st to start working on them.
So here's some advice to kick start 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 those Common App essay prompts.
Advice for Students on Topics for the New Common App Essays This has been one of our all-time most popular posts with college advisor Alice Kleeman breaking down each of the Common App 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.