Harvard Student Shares Tips on Writing the College Essay

harvardWriting college essays is definitely the most anxiety-provoking part about applying to college, mainly because so much weight is placed on essays when applying to competitive schools. In fact, colleges often use essays to distinguish students with similar test scores and GPAs. Halie Olson, a senior at Harvard College, shares tips for writing a great college essay that will help you stand out from other applicants:

  1. Just start writing. Sometimes just getting something on the page is the best first step.
  2. Starting over can be the best strategy. When the first attempt doesn't feel right, starting with a new topic can be the way to go.
  3. Ask others to read over your work. An outside perspective is so important to make sure you're on the right track.
  4. Expect multiple drafts. Editing is such an important part of creating a stellar essay.

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November is the busiest time of the year for college essays

ieca_new-orleans-logo-medWhile we won't see you in New Orleans this IECA Conference (we'll be there in the spring), we wanted to let you know that we're thinking of you -- especially since November is the busiest month for college essays now that students are turning from their early applications to all their regular applications.

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