Who writes the essay? Doonesbury weighs in.

Rising high school seniors should begin thinking about writing their college essays. Brainstorming ideas and trying out different topics is always a good idea. Most importantly, the college essays belongs to the student. Colleges want to learn more about you and what you can bring to their school and campus community. Your words are important and your college essay should definitely reflect that they are your ideas and writing.

Dr. StrangeCollege or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Journey

In case you missed it in the Sunday papers, Garry Trudeau takes a look at college admissions essays and who is writing them.Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 3.27.14 PM

“It was an epifany. (Note: check spelling)” See the full strip here.

Not that that really happens. Right?

If your high school student needs help, rather than sitting at the keyboard, you might point them to a couple of key  resources:

  • Essay Hell — One of the few sites that our daughter, known here as Mod Squad Julie, dove into more deeply than I did, and then asked, “Why didn’t you tell me about this last summer?”
  • College Admission — That link will send you to a series of posts on writing essays, including how to respond to common prompts.
  • This post, from last summer when Julie was in the thick of it, provides a few more: How to write college essays.

Good luck (to…

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