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How to Write a Foolproof College Application Essay. Most college essays are so full of

crap you could plant a forest in them. Dont be a forest-enabling loser; write an essay

that reads right and rings true. You will need Time to think and write Pen and paper,

or a computer and somebody you trust. Step 1. Think about what makes you unique. You

want to pick a subject that no other applicant could possibly write about. It could be your

backgroundmaybe you grew up as the only child of two acrobats. Or it could be a personal

experience, the more unusual the better. Step 2. Ask friends and relatives what makes you

special. This could be embarrassing, especially if they dont respond, but it could also

help you identify something you hadnt considered. Step 3. Once youve picked a subject, write

a first draft of your essay. Dont worry about making it perfectjust get your thoughts

on paper. Avoid gimmicksadmissions officers have seen them all. For example, dont write

your essay from the perspective of your dog. Step 4. Read over your essay. Then read it

again alouddoes it sound like you? Cut out any unnecessary paragraphs, sentences,

and adverbs. Step 5. Find a couple good editors. English teachers, relativesanyone whose

opinion you trust and who will be honest about what does and does not work. Step 6. Make

the revisions you agree with and, when youre done, review your essay carefully for spelling

and grammar mistakes. An otherwise perfect essay can be ruined by sloppy typos.Now send

it off and relaxnobody will be planting a forest in your crap. Did you know The athletic

teams of the North Carolina School for the Arts are known as The Fighting Pickles.

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