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Counseling Corner: Start of school year means college application time

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! August also means it’s college application time!

While senior students are getting back into the swing of school, they also need to start thinking about their post-high school plans and begin filling out college applications. The Addison Trail Guidance Department will host the following events for seniors and their parents/guardians to help with that process.

Below are tips for writing the college application essay:

Do’s

Your essay must prove a single point or thesis. The reader should be able to find your main idea and follow it from beginning to end. Ask someone to read just your introduction to see what he or she thinks your essay is about.

Develop your main idea with vivid, specific facts, events, quotations, examples and reasons. There’s a big difference between simply stating a point of view and letting an idea unfold in the details.

To avoid clichéd, generic and predictable writing, use vivid, specific details.

Don’ts

Bring something new to the table – not just what you think admissions officers want to hear.

Don’t include information found elsewhere in the application. Your essay will end up sounding like an autobiography, travelogue or laundry list.

Eliminate unnecessary words.

Typos and spelling or grammatical errors can be interpreted as carelessness or just bad writing. Don’t rely on your computer to catch your mistakes.

- Source: College Counseling Sourcebook, 4th Edition

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