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December 7, 2011
December 3rd's Boston Globe, if you missed it, featured 826 Boston's College Essay Boot Camp, hosted in collaboration with Write Boston and Northeastern University! Read below for more:
By James H. Burnett III, Globe Staff
For the majority of high school seniors, life's big problems include middling grades, bad skin, or parents who "just don't understand.">
But this time of year another major challenge comes to mind: writing their college essays. This is the season when teenagers sit - and sit - before computers, struggling to describe themselves, their achievements, and their goals in ways that will persuade college admissions officers that they should be welcomed into the fold.
Experts say the college essay, which typically is no longer than a page or two, at most, has become an increasing headache for students, as the essay can be the factor that sets them apart in a rising tide of applicants. The Common Application, now required by hundreds of US colleges, has made it easier for students to apply to more schools than ever before. At the same time, the app now sets an upper limit of just 500 words for the statement.
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