Okay I don’t actually mean that you should get drunk to write your college essays (in fact, I highly DISCOURAGE that).

What I mean is that you shouldn’t be over-thinking your first draft. You have time to write these essays, so use that time to your advantage.

Your first idea might be great, or it might be cliche and trite.

If you let an idea stew around in your brain for a little bit, you might find a much better, and more unique answer to the question.

In the video you’ll see how my sister Rachel and I tried to find an answer to a unique supplement question, but could only come up with something boring and unoriginal. A few days later, the eureka moment happened, and we came up with a weird, and also awesome, final answer.

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Jillian is better known by her pseudonym “CollegeApp Chick", which is half college application blog and half small private college advising business. She’s currently studying Psychology and Religious Studies at a small public school south of the Mason Dixon line. When not advising, studying, or blogging Jillian is an active member of the Shakespeare theatre club, sandbox improv, women’s chorus, and is an officer in a social sorority. She likes to talk, a lot. Most importantly, Jillian wears dresses more than 250 days a year. For more of Jillian’s tips, find her at her website or her Tumblr.

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