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SAT: 720 math
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What's the best way to tackle the Common App essay?

Hello! I'm really struggling with the Common App essay. I have a few ideas, but I'm not sure which one to choose or how to get started. Does anyone have any tips on selecting a topic and writing a unique, compelling essay? Thanks in advance!

10 months ago

Hello! I can understand how the Common App essay can feel like a daunting task. When my child was going through the process, we found it helpful to begin by brainstorming the possible topics. Think about your experiences, passions, and the moments that have shaped you as a person. Jot down anything that comes to mind, even if it doesn't seem like an obvious choice for an essay. It's easier to narrow down your options once you have a list in front of you. As for selecting the best idea, consider which story or aspect of your life would give the admissions officers a unique insight into who you are, beyond your grades and test scores. Remember, the goal is to stand out from the crowd and showcase your authentic self. When writing the essay, focus on being genuine and sincere rather than trying to impress with big words or embellished stories. And lastly, don't forget to have someone proofread your essay, like a teacher or a family member, to ensure it's free of errors and flows smoothly. Good luck with your essay, and I hope this advice helps!

10 months ago

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