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9 tips to make your college admissions essay stand out

College admissions essays can play a big part in the college admissions process, especially if students are applying to selective colleges. When numerous competitive students apply and only a small amount of spots are available, the essay could be the thing that helps the student stand out. 796 more words


Tips for Writing the Personal Statement

The second essay that forms part of your Fulbright application procedure is the Personal Statement. This essay is probably one of the trickiest to write because there really is no strict format to follow. 422 more words


Can a Casual Birder Have a 500+ Life List?

About three years ago, I wrote in a post from Ecuador that “Even after taking a pretty intense ornithology class at Cornell University and working for the Lab of Ornithology, I don’t really consider myself a birder.” Last year I… 800 more words

Personal Statement

My General Personal Statement

At the age of ten, I experienced a tragedy that I did not think would happen so soon. My childhood dog, Dylan, got into our neighbors bush, which had been sprayed with rat poison. 1,462 more words

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

It needs to be personalised.   Formal, yes, but personal!

Both show your own personality and tailor it to each university you are applying to.

Remember, the admissions team read hundreds of these documents and you will need to stand out. 340 more words


Witnessing (and Separating) Color

One must always be camera-ready at Xandari; otherwise one might miss the unexpected beauties that present themselves. On Friday I postponed my dinner (despite my grumbling stomach) in order to take a picture of the breathtaking sunset that was slowly sinking behind the mountains. 474 more words

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Life Decision: Medical School Essay 

For generations, various cancers have plagued my paternal lineage, orphaning my father and myself. Instinctively, I underwent a double mastectomy based on a deleterious genetic mutation in the BRCA 2 gene on chromosome 13. 642 more words