Easiest Way to Create a Top College Application Essay

Many of the articles on this website are for parents of students ages 12–26. This article—on how to create a top college application essay—is aimed specifically at high school students. Parents are encouraged to listen in to this advice as well.

Writing a top college application essay can be easy and fast when you follow these steps.

These steps are designed to help you get a top college application essay done confidently, and fast—with as little hassle as possible.

1. Try to complete your college application essay in April of 11th grade if possible.

Or as soon as possible after that.

I’ll explain why below.

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2. Start by creating one fantastic scholarship application essay using the instructions here.

Do this, and you’ll end up with one application essay that can be used over and over again—for many years—for many different purposes.

You’ll be able to use this essay to apply for over 80 scholarships—with very little time investment.

Reusing this essay as your college application essay is a genius strategy.

(You’ll find my 3-hour video class on how to create this multipurpose essay here.)

3. End your college application essay by saying that you want to develop your greatest talents further while you’re in college.

You do, don’t you? That’s why you’re going.

This sentence helps you to complete the argument that you’re highly focused and capable in key areas right now—but want college to help you grow even further.

4. When you’re asked to choose a college application essay topic on the common app, make your multipurpose essay fit by doing this:

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How to Survive December College Applications

There’s almost nothing more trying for a parent than December college applications.

If your 12th grader has put off completing college applications until the busy Christmas season is breathing down his neck—you know what I mean.

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If December college applications are currently adding to the stress at your house, here’s what to do.

1. If your daughter keeps putting off finishing December college applications, pay her to finish them if necessary.

(This article I’ve written on “Should You Pay Your Teen to Do Things” will help.)

2. If your son threatens to just sit out of college for a year after high school, living off of you and doing nothing instead of going on to college or job training, read this. (It’s an article I wrote titled, 5 Good Reasons to Take a Gap Year and 2 Bad Ones.)

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