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Be sure to scroll down to "FAST FOOD" to find the advice from the University of Virginia (UVA) Dean of Admissions on what makes a good, and bad, essay.
"Fast Food. That's what I think of when I try to draw an analogy with the process of reading application essays.
The bad. Ninety percent of the applications I read contain what I call McEssays - usually five-paragraph essays that consist primarily of abstractions and unsupported generalization.
The good. A good essay is not good because of the topic but because of the voice. A good writer can make any topic interesting, and a weak writer can make even the most dramatic topic a bore."
You Have a Story to Tell. Colleges Want to Read It. is another really good article that shows what colleges want you to do with your writing. You may have to do this from home--it may be blocked at school.Before Writing Your College Admission Essay, Know Who You Are suggestions!
4 Standout College Essays printed in the New York Times. Good examples/models.Good, easy to follow advice & tips, including voice, show not tell, etc... Be sure to scroll down just a bit to find the helpful advice!
16 Easy to Follow Tips for writing an amazing essay!!
10 Important Tips to Succeed with writing your college essay.
Do's and don'ts, questions and suggestions, how to approach, comprehensive, etc...
Essay topics and concrete suggestions to follow!!
Don't overlook the Hudson High School Guidance Department webpage--log into Naviance. It includes a Senior calendar, scholarships (check weekly--new ones come in), deadlines, etc...