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  College Counselors from PrepMatters offer expert tips on the best way to fill out the Common Application for college admissions; they also identify the common mistakes that students should avoid.
Oftentimes, students who are applying to college select schools that they consider "reach schools" for early decision and early action. Now that many of the early deadlines for college admissions have passed, you may be wondering whether your list has the right mix of reach schools, target schools, and safety schools.
College admissions committees are a tough crowd. You won’t gain their acceptance with generic, ill-prepared essays; they want insight, solid examples of your experience, quality writing and a genuine voice, to name just a few. Voice, especially, can offer admissions counselors insight into who you are as an individual. It’s a way to stand out from the pack—just be sure that it is your voice you’re using, and not something forced or adopted from someone else.     
Earlier this year, we wrote about the new essay prompts appearing on this year’s Common Application and strategies for approaching them. Here, we will take a brief look at some of the other major renovations to this staple in college admissions.
Colleges aren’t asking much of you – just a sample of writing that is supposed to be the BEST ESSAY YOU HAVE EVER WRITTEN.  
As we wrap up the academic year, I’m sure some of you juniors tingle with anticipation when you think, “Just a few more weeks, and I’m done! Next year I’m a senior.” Right now, you’re probably directing your attention to final exams and perhaps a few SAT subject tests on June 1. When that’s all over, it will be fall before you write another essay, right?   Not so fast.  
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