"In preparation for the senior year, most students try to plan their summers around some kind of résumé-building job, internship, coursework or community service. Summer is also an ideal time to get the jump on your college admissions essay."
- Clear your head.
- Ask yourself exploratory questions.
- Familiarize yourself with the narrative form.
- Enjoy yourself.
- Own your essay.
Mr. Gelb is the author of “Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps.”