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The Common Application Prompts: Number 2

By Ryan Hickey + updated on November 25th, 2009

Yesterday we provided an overview of the Common App essay prompts and an in-depth look at the first of those prompts. Today, we’ll continue with this series and dissect Common App prompt number two. 2. Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you. Like the first prompt, this [...]

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The Common Application Prompts: Number 1

By Ryan Hickey + updated on November 24th, 2009

Over the next few days, the EssayEdge blog will feature a series of posts on the most common essay prompts faced by students applying to an undergraduate institution. I’m talking, of course, about the prompts on the 2009 Common Application. We’ll examine one prompt in each post starting today. First, though, a bit of general [...]

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Describing Success

By Ryan Hickey + updated on November 19th, 2009

No matter what type of essay you’re writing, you’ll likely spend part of the piece telling a story. Whether you’re describing an athletic competition, a challenge you overcame, or a person who’s had a positive impact on your life, your essay should not only provide that information but also do so in an energetic and [...]

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How long is too long?

By Ryan Hickey + updated on November 17th, 2009

Length limits can make a hard essay prompt seem almost impossible – how can you ensure your essay succeeds while respecting a 500-word, 5,300-character, or 1-page limit?

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