By numerous popular requests, I've included some links here about some of my college essay "best of suggestions":
-Introduction notes to "Experience"/"personal narrative" prompts, including a brief appendix on the "7 traits of maturity", especially how to stand out from the pack by ephasizing "curiosity" above all!
-More notes on the "traits of maturity" and general suggestions for tailoring your MESSAGE...
-Notes about all 3 basic types of "Personal statements" and how to use your research about schools to write better essays, and make better college choices!
Link to my style guide appendix: see Appendix, rule 6 for the "high/low diction" rule
and Part one, last rule for the importance of "I"!
A fun valediction for past, parting seniors: It's just a list of notes, but several students told me (after visiting from college: "It's all true." They're my top ten (actually, 11) pointers for what every PWGD needs to do to get the most out of college, ANY college, once you get there.