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Which college essays can I begin working on before the official application season starts?

Hello, I hope everyone is doing well! I'd like to get a head start on my college essays, but I'm not sure which ones I can begin working on before the application season officially begins. Can anyone provide some guidance on this? Thank you for your help!

a year ago

Hello! It's wonderful to see that you're eager to get a head start on your college essays. Starting early can help you refine your essays and make them as strong as possible. While the official application season hasn't started yet, there are a few essays you can begin working on.

Firstly, the Common Application essay is a major component of many college applications. The Common App usually releases its essay prompts well in advance, and they tend to remain consistent from year to year. You can find these prompts on the Common Application website and start brainstorming and drafting your essay based on the prompt that resonates with you the most.

Another application platform is the Coalition Application, which also has a set of essay prompts that are generally consistent over time. You can visit the Coalition Application website to view the prompts and begin working on your essay for schools that use this platform.

Finally, many colleges require supplementary essays that are specific to their institution. These essays often change from year to year, so it's best to wait until the application season begins and the colleges release their updated prompts. However, you can still start researching the colleges you're interested in and think about why you want to attend those schools and what unique attributes you would bring to their campus community. This preparation will help you craft strong, focused supplementary essays once the prompts are available.

As you work on your essays, remember to be genuine, thoughtful, and reflective. Share your personal experiences, insights, and perspectives, as college admissions officers want to get to know the real you. Also, be prepared to revise and edit your essays multiple times to ensure they're polished and well-written.

In summary, you can get started on the Common Application and Coalition Application essays, and research your top-choice colleges in preparation for their supplementary essays. Best of luck with your essay-writing process

a year ago

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