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October 2010, Page 2

Flashback: Essay Questions!

The private school application process includes an old nemesis of mine from high school–the application essay question. I hated the ‘tell me about yourself’ or ‘who would you most want to spend a weekend with and why?’ questions from my college application days. I felt compelled not only to produce a piece of good writing, but to also have a “hook”–something that would make me stand out among the multitudes of talented applications. I remember orientation week freshman year in college talking to my peers about what they wrote. One wrote a poem that she folded into an origami swan, another a story of feeding homeless children in Africa. I’m sure that most of you have heard similar anecdotes.

Now here we go again.

Focus Shift…Temporarily

Up until now I have focused my school search almost entirely on trying to decide what the best school for my kids …