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Meet Spencer

College Essays 101 Meet Spencer Spencer applied to eleven colleges: a few reach schools, a few safe schools, and target schools. He got in to all of them. Two offered him unsolicited four-year, 50% scholarships in part, they wrote, because of his essay. That was...

Read Spencer’s Final Version

College Essays 101 Read Spencer’s Final Version After realizing that he still had work to do, Spencer got help from Barak, his essay mentor. He was lucky that he had three weeks to spare! This is the essay he submitted on the Common Application (the prompt was:...

Read Spencer’s Second Version

College Essays 101 Read Spencer’s Second Version In September, Spencer worked on his essay in English class; his teacher gave him feedback and support, and the thumb’s up to submit it.  You’ll read the first two paragraphs of this version. Click...

Read Spencer’s First Version

College Essays 101 Read Spencer’s First Version   Over the summer, Spencer wrote this first draft on his own, giving himself time to get feedback and do a rewrite. For this version, we’ll show you just the first sentence and the first paragraph. Go through...