With the summer quickly passing by, it's time to get going on your college admission essays. Most applicants to highly selective colleges and universities will be responding to one of the six essay options on the Common Application.
For help with this often daunting task, check out these tips for each essay option. You'll also find links to more detailed guidance as well as numerous sample essays.
New to my library of sample essays is Jill's response to Common Application essay option #3: Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence. Jill's essay "Buck Up" takes a refreshing approach to the prompt by focusing on a woman who has few admirable qualities. To see how Jill tackled the question, read her essay and then check out my critique of the essay.