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Essayitis

       ESSAYITIS
 
 
Essayitis is a condition that afflicts high school seniors in the fall of the school year as they work on college admission essays. Infected students often complain of headaches, insomnia and high anxiety. Other signs of Essayitis include procrastination and surliness. Parents can help sufferers of this disorder by helping them set priorities, organize their efforts and by being a supportive sounding board for ideas.
 
The 5 most common essay topics that students face include:
  1. A personal statement
  2. How the university will help the student achieve career goals
  3. Why this college?
  4. How the student has changed his mind about something or learned from failure
  5. Contents of a specific page of the autobiography the student will write in the future
 
The high stakes that revolve around college admission essays and the pressure on students to do especially well in fall term classes can be paralyzing. Recognize the invisible maladies that plague high school seniors and give them extra support during the stressful months of fall.
 

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