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Challenge Spotting: How to Add Emotional Stakes to Your College Essay

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You’ve got 99 problems, and well…just pick one! Every good story, especially your personal statement for college, needs a challenge. Without one, you literally have no story. Part of the definition of “story” is that it features a conflict, challenge, or problem. Most of the Common App prompts actually hint at potential challenges you might have faced. Topic 2: obstacle, …

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How to Pick and Write the Best 4 UC Prompts With the V x V Framework

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Which 4 UC prompts are best? Well, that’s kind of inappropriate to ask, don’t you think? It’s a lot like asking a mother which child she loves most. Though I’m sure my mother would say me over my brother (hah maybe). But don’t worry about political correctness because I’ve done the insensitive thing and found out the answer for you already. According to …