The point of the college essay isn’t just to generate 650 words that tell a story—the point is to thoughtfully craft an essay that surprises the reader by the originality of the insights shared, the cleverness of the message conveyed, and the power of the ultimate observation that the writer makes. If the story is going to begin like many others, the ending should surprise.
A positive transition to college life has many factors and a student’s health and safety is primary to that experience. Here are some helpful tips on available resources and practices to ensure if emergencies arise, everyone is prepared.
Djokovic, who has focused on being the best tennis player in the world since he was a young boy and Federer, whose mother encouraged him to pursue other sports and interests, are two of the best men’s tennis players. Their paths to Centre Court were very different and David Epstein in his book Range argues that while specialization can lead to burnout, being a generalist more often leads to success.
So often students have every earnest intention to complete their Common Application over the summer and, all too often, they fall short of their goals. Our advice to rising seniors is to set weekly goals for yourself about what parts of your college application process you will tackle each week. Visiting campuses, contacting regional representatives, creating a résumé, or putting together an arts portfolio can all be done over the summer. Finally, start filling out the Common Application. This way, the fall won’t feel as stressful.