I am knee-deep in editing main college essays for my Application Nation - Class of 2021 students and private clients, but I know what is coming.
Some of my students and parents have already begun to ask about it. I keep putting them off just a bit. "If I can just get one more main college essay finalized," I keep telling myself. But it's inevitable. The idea of supplemental essays is already upon us.
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I remember reviewing supplemental essay prompts late summer as a dean of admissions. I didn't really feel the pressure that students feel. I was living in my own little bubble on a college campus without really understanding how important it is for students to know what is expected of them well before senior year begins. Now that I work with students so closely, I can see the stress in their eyes and the worries in their posture. It is like walking into the scariest surgery of your life and not knowing what part of your body you are being operated on.