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Last-Minute Tips for Completing Application Essays

By Ryan Hickey + updated on January 16th, 2014

Share With deadlines past or looming, the holiday haze still hanging over most of us, and applicant stress levels nearing maximum, I thought that today’s post would be a perfect opportunity to provide some tips for those who find themselves rushing to get everything about their applications, essays included, finished and submitted within the next [...]

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Personal Statement Content to Avoid

By Ryan Hickey + updated on February 7th, 2013

Share The undergraduate admissions season is winding down, but there are still many graduate-level programs, including law and business, that will accept applications well into the spring. If you’re targeting one of those programs and haven’t yet written your personal statement, this post is for you. Actually, this post is for anyone who hasn’t written [...]

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The Twelve Dos and Don’ts of Essay Writing

By Ryan Hickey + updated on December 21st, 2012

Share This December has been a big month for the number 12. To continue in the spirit of 12/12/12 and even that beloved (or possibly, vehemently hated) holiday tune, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” today EssayEdge presents to you, ” The Twelve Dos and Don’ts of Essay Writing.” Enjoy! 12. DO give yourself time. Two [...]

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Writing with a Purpose

By Ryan Hickey + updated on December 6th, 2012

Share If someone were to ask you, “Why are you doing this?” as you worked on your application essay or personal statement, you’d probably give a quick and straightforward answer: you’re writing to [hopefully] gain admission somewhere. You’re not just writing for fun, nor are you undertaking a purely creative exercise. At a root level, [...]

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The Third C of Great Application Writing: Compelling

By Ryan Hickey + updated on November 15th, 2012

Share Even if your writing is as clear and concise as it can possibly be, it will fall flat if it doesn’t say something that captures the reader’s attention. Pretty words are just pretty words; without strong ideas behind them, they’re nothing more than a facade. And believe me, admissions officers know when they’re reading [...]

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The Second C of Great Application Writing: Concise

By Ryan Hickey + updated on November 13th, 2012

Share For our purposes, concise means precisely what you think it means… unless you think it means angry or purple… in that case, you’d be wrong. Concise writing says what it needs to say while using words economically. In this definition, don’t be confused by our use of “economically” – this has nothing to do [...]

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The First C of Great Application Writing: Clear

By Ryan Hickey + updated on November 9th, 2012

Share Though you may have learned various definitions of what “clear” means in terms of writing, here’s the EssayEdge take: Clear writing has a readily apparent purpose. In other words, when you write in a clear fashion, your reader will not have to spend time puzzling over statements, phrases, or words trying to figure out [...]

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