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Essay Gems

​​College Essay Boot Camp


In this section, we’ve included some real-life College Essay Boot Camp essays from the last three years that you can learn a lot from.


Reading them will help you understand how to avoid the “most common problems” list. Also, they’ll give you a feel for what a college essay can really accomplish. We hope they will give you some ideas. Read each essay slowly through for enjoyment, and then click on the links to check out Dr. Wilk's comments about the writing techniques.