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2017- 2018 Common App Essay Prompts
2017- 2018 Common App Essay Prompts (250 – 650 words) Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete…
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Wednesday Words of "Whiz"dom # 6: Between vs. Among
Use between when you are thinking of two things at a time, even though they may be part of a group consisting of a larger number. I loved to sit…
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Wednesday Words of "Whiz"dom # 5: Beside vs. Besides
Beside means "by the side of" something or someone. It is always a preposition. Besides as a preposition means "in addition to." As an adverb, it means "moreover" or "in…
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Whizzing through the College Essay: Top Ten Questions
1. Which essay question should I answer? Before you decide on the question that you wish to answer, be sure to think about what you will write in the following…
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The Magic Essay
I had a friend who decided to send her daughter to Costa Rica one summer with a tool belt and a task to build houses.  The heat and the cockroaches…
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Wednesday Words of "Whiz"dom # 4: Accept vs. Except
Accept is a verb. It can mean to agree, to be admitted, to receive, to answer affirmatively, to regard as true. It may also mean to receive officially or to…
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Wednesday Words of "Whiz"dom # 3: The Case of the Dangling Participle
What’s wrong with these pictures?  Moaning in the distance, Henry heard the foghorn. Locked in the book cabinet, Mrs. Stevens found her keys.  Sizzling and dripping with gravy, Mr. Jonas…
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Wednesday Words of "Whiz"dom # 2: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda
In the late 1970s, a popular Catskill Mountains resort touted:  “I shoulda gone to the Nevele” on billboards, in print and on TV and radio ads.  Then, thanks to the…
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