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Attack of the Killer Essays

If your high school senior has recently begun to panic about college admissions applications, that is a good thing if he is a student who put it off all summer and just realized that deadlines are around the corner.  It is not too late to get started but your child needs to choose some suitable safety and reach colleges, determine an application strategy (early, priority or regular) timeline and start writing essays.  The college application process involves a great deal of work and can be stressful. Try to help your high school senior get adequate rest and nutrition through the process to prevent him from turning into a zombie who cannot produce his best work.
 
Although some students try, it is not a good idea to begin and complete a
college admissions application or several in one day.  College admissions
applications and essays are an incredibly important way for your child to introduce himself to the college admissions staff. A hasty, boring essay riddled with grammatical errors and omissions introduces him poorly and reduces admission chances. Such an essay tells the admissions staff that your child considers them not
to be important enough to take the time to properly communicate with them.
 
Encourage your child to write thoughtful essays that highlight his personality, interests and talents.  Offer to proof his work for completeness and accuracy.
College admission essays are too important not to let them sit for a day or so after
they are written to provide time for review and revision into an excellent final product.
 
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