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October 31, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Tips for writing a winning college essay

Photo by Thomas James Hurst / The Seattle Times

Photo by Thomas James Hurst / The Seattle Times

It’s that time of year, the season when high school seniors add college essay writing to their general homework load.

Educational consultant Dave Marcus spoke on Boston public radio recently, offering some do’s and don’ts for harried applicants, and their parents:

  1. When choosing a topic for your essay, avoid the D’s: Divorce, disease, death, disabilities. “Often, the simpler moments are far more interesting,” Marcus says.
  2. Get right into your subject. (No throat-clearing or engine-revving.)
  3. Be as specific as possible with your examples.
  4. Stay humble. “A lot of kids feel they have to boast,” Marcus finds, as if they have to  impress the admissions officer. “It’s not that way,” he says. “It’s wrong.”

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