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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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Duke Essay Advice Needed

I'm working on my Duke application essays and feeling a little stuck. To those who've written successful Duke essays, could you please share some tips or what worked for you?

7 months ago

My child went through the Duke application process and was successful, so I'd be happy to share some insights. First and foremost, remember to showcase your unique personality and experiences. Duke values authenticity and originality, so avoid cliches or writing what you think they want to hear.

Consider focusing on a specific aspect of your life or an experience that you're deeply passionate about. Showing how this passion has shaped who you are or led to personal growth is essential. Be detailed and precise in your writing, and don't be afraid to use anecdotes or examples to support your ideas.

Another crucial factor is demonstrating how Duke is the perfect fit for you. Do thorough research on the institution and incorporate references to specific programs, activities, or opportunities that Duke offers, and explain how they align with your interests and goals.

Lastly, take your time to edit and revise your essay. Ask for feedback from teachers, friends, or family members to ensure high-quality writing. Good luck with your application! Remember, be yourself and let your genuine excitement for Duke show in your essay.

7 months ago

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