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There are some common mistakes made by college applicants when writing their college admission essays. As a former recruiter for Yale University, I remember the reactions from admissions officers as they read one essay versus another. I would say that there are six mistakes that are the most common and potentially the most deadly to college applicants submitting their college admission essays. One mistake I saw was:†† submitting a generic application.
Read each essay topic and try to put it into the context of the college. You can easily research a collegeís history online or at your local library. Try to find out what the topics were for a year or two prior to your application year. This will help you tailor your essay to the university. I am not saying that you need to write a completely different essay for each application, but it needs to appear that you did so that university feels like you are taking them seriously (and you should be).
Unfortunately, this is not the only mistake made by college applicants when writing their college admission essays or on college applications as they go through the college admission process. To help those who are serious about getting into an Ivy League college or other top college, I outline insider information based on my experience as a recruiter and alumni interviewer for Yale University. My recommendations, tips, and insight are available in The Keys to the CASTLE book. If you want to increase the odds of getting into a top college or your child getting into an Ivy League college, then you need to get your own set of Keys to the CASTLE. Keep in mind: every day that goes by that you donít access this information, your chance of getting in decreases. High school graduation is right around the corner, donít you want your child to have big plans for the following fall.
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