This is a strange year to apply to college, with the coronavirus raging and the economy in upheaval. You can read the four that we published last year here , on topics including art, a blanket and a truck. There are only a few rules: This must be an essay that you sent to at least one college as part of an application for undergraduate admission. And again, the essay has to have something to do with money. Please submit your essay to us using the form on this page by Friday, May 7.
Guide to The NY Times’ Five Best College Essays on Work, Money and Class
Going Beyond Cliché: How to Write a Great College Essay - The New York Times
The New York Times accepts opinion essays on any topic for both the daily print page and online section as well as the Sunday Review, the International edition which is edited out of London and Hong Kong , and other themed series. Published pieces typically run from to 1, words, but drafts of any length within the bounds of reason will be considered. We ask that everyone include a one-sentence author ID at the top or bottom of the submission. Please do not assume we are going to know who you are. Also, be sure to include annotations for all assertions and attributions made in your essay. All submissions must be original, exclusive to The Times and, as a matter of security, embedded in the text of an email, not as an attachment. Submissions may be sent to opinion nytimes.
How to Conquer the Admissions Essay
Our friends at The Learning Network blog have just published a lesson plan devoted to helping students prepare their essays for the Common Application , which recently released new essay prompts for the admission season. To help applicants who might otherwise stare at a blinking cursor until inspiration strikes, these veteran teachers suggest that students take a speed-dating approach to get their writing juices flowing. Project or unveil the first prompt and tell students that they will talk about the topic with the person across from them for five minutes. Within that time, each student should play the role of speaker and listener. Set a timer for five minutes and signal that they should begin.
How can writers reveal themselves through writing? In this lesson, students explore sample college essays and then consider advice about what separates a great essay from a mediocre or ineffective one as well as essay-writing tips. Finally, they write essays based on the piece of advice that resonated with them.