Dreading Writing Your College Application Essay?

Tips From the Pros | NBC News

One of the most intimidating elements of the college

application for many students is the essay or personal

statement. As students begin their applications,

here are some tips from the pros to make the process

a little less panic-inducing.

The College Essay Guy

​There are some websites that offer free help with essays.  This one is my favorite.  The College Essay guy has great brainstorming exercises and tips for how to structure your essay.

Baring my soul in 500 words:  How I survived 16 essays and the college application process

Reflections of a high school senior.

Just when you think you are done writing essays...

Check out the Palouse Pathways November 15, 2015 blogpost on general organizing tips for writing college essays.

Tips for Writing to Essay Prompts

These suggestions, written specifically for the 2017 University of California application process, provide excellent general guidance for how to approach the choices and development of college application essays.

What Makes a Great College Essay | Huffington Post

​​Your character is the hardest thing for admission officers to measure. The essay is your chance to reveal who you are — your passions, values, authenticity and sincerity. Be yourself!

A Plea to Those Helping Students With College Application Essays: Let the 17-year-old Voice Take Center Stage | Huffington Post

Admissions officers tell me they desperately want essays written authentically by the applicants, featuring stories, themes, and language that reflect the applicant’s actual writing.​

A word (or several) of caution:  
‘Copy and paste’ is not always your friend

Everyone has heard the story of the college applicant who inadvertently inserted the wrong institutitution...

And here are some general writing tips for the college essay: