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I get it. You see a college essay prompt asking you about a future you haven't lived yet, and it feels like a lie to say you already know what it will be. Because who really knows, right? Life happens. Pandemics happen. People change their minds! But colleges are asking and … [Read more...] about Futurecasting: Go Ahead, Speculate!
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Students and parents come to me with big worries started by well-meaning comments from various experts. Students and parents are worried that the topic they've chosen for an important college essay is somehow boring, typical, or wrong. Here's what they've heard: "Don't … [Read more...] about “You can’t write about that.” Actually, you can.
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