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Alex Chip

Conquer Your College Essay

Ahhh, the dreaded personal essay: “describe yourself in 650 words.” While the question is reframed every year, the real goal remains the same for admissions officers. Who is the voice behind this application? The application forms have already revealed the academic background, extracurricular accomplishments, and interests of the student. This is the 650-word meet-and-greet. Don’t …

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“Do you like cupcakes?”
“Of course I do. Everyone does.”

It was my senior year at Duke, 2004, and I didn’t understand the line of questioning from my career counselor.  Already concerned my English major might not pave a career path of gold, I displayed my annoyance at the delicious digression.  “Find your niche,” he explained.  “Some slice of an industry for which you have …

“Do you like cupcakes?”
“Of course I do. Everyone does.”
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