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Why the student college application essay is often 'a con job'

from The Washington Post

The best college admissions essays, it is often said, give admissions officers a glimpse into who the applicant is and what he/she values. Really now? (Not the ones written by the applicant's parents. Not the ones in which students pretend to care about something they don't.) In this post, college counselor Scott White gets directly to the point in questioning the value of these essays, asking if they aren't really more like a con job by students who are good at producing them. White was director of guidance at Morristown High School in New Jersey for several years and recently opened his own independent college counseling firm. more

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