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Writing ‘Maid’: a book for my daughter that I haven’t let her read

My story about being her mother couldn’t be without her. “You should read this part,” I said with an air of confidence that was masked in doubt. My whole book is not only dedicated to my daughter ... ... read more

TEENS: On college applications, be your authentic self

As long as I had something that I was passionate about, I could find a way to show it in my application. Even though my school’s essay ... You Should Have on Your College Application,” worry about not ... read more

7 Proven Tips for Successful College Application Essays

Somewhere in the tangle of my son’s nine-foot afro, I learned an interesting lesson about how parenting for conformity can make the college application process ... makes them different. After all, the... read more

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Experts Divided Over Impact of Absent Father-themed College Admission Essays

“I always had a feeling my father was going ... titled “The Rhetoric of College Application Essays: Removing Obstacles for Low Income and Minority Students.” The students whose essays were reviewed by ... read more

How to Write the Personal Statement for College Applications

If you’re seeing your high schooler through the college application ... personal essay: Rather than tell their story in summary (“When my mother got sick, I learned important lessons about responsibil... read more

Going Beyond Cliché: How to Write a Great College Essay

They should ... Despite all of this advice, what don’t you know about writing college essays? What role does the reader play in determining what works and what doesn’t? How can you account for individ... read more

Disneyland with my invisible guest

Jessica was the rare friend I’d held onto since my first job out of college ... is an empty promise I tell all receptionists. Some part of me knew what my mind had yet to grapple: I wasn’t coming back ... read more

Transcript: Awkward encounters of the disabled kind

I just found it quite stressful when my toddler was a toddler, he's not anymore, and I just thought there must be other people out there dealing with this stuff and we should all go for ... you wanted ... read more

Words to the wise about writing college application essays

They aren't teaching these kids to write columns. Their real purpose is to show students how to write their college application ... not matured at all, intellectually or emotionally, since I was 17 an... read more

College Application Season: The Perfect Time to Talk About Rejection

“Tell us about a time you have faced rejection and how you handled it.” This is the college essay prompt most likely to ... it opens new doors and it should actually be celebrated (as my friend Annmar... read more

Introducing SMS Unplugged

Five years ago, I sat down to write my college application essays and found myself struggling most with questions that read, “Tell us why (insert school name ... These are moments that should be captu... read more

Let Go of the College Essay, and Let Your Teenager Speak for Herself

Recently I told the story in the Wall Street Journal of a father who offered me, an independent college applications counselor, a $10,000 check to write his son’s college essays ... who told me, Oh my ... read more

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