…starts from within.” So said Eudora Welty, one of my favorite writers, in chapter three of her memoir, One Writer’s Beginnings. And so does yours. For writing a compelling, personal essay calls for the sort of courage you might need to look deep inside yourself, […]
…about writing admissions essays, for when he wrote, “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom,” he never could have imagined the unhappy lengths to which some students will go in their personal essays to make themselves stand out to the admissions committees. Yes, […]
I received a notice from the Common App organization today about the new personal essay topics for the 2013~2014 application year. They are thoughtful prompts, eminently adaptable to wonderful essays–and they’ve increased the word count to a maximum of 650: two positive things indeed. Please see my “Resources” page for details. You can also read an article about it in the New York Times here:
You may feel stuck. Perhaps you don’t know where to begin–or where to stop. Too many paths loom (or none at all!) and you wonder which one will take you unerringly where you want to go. Take heart. You have all the tools you need and I’m here to help you use them.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.