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Top 5 Reasons to Start Your Essays Early

By Beth Anne Spacht

June 29, 2017

Guest Post By: Erica Riesbeck, Senior Assistant Director of Admission

There’s no time like the present. The early bird catches the worm. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Just do it.

We dole out advice frequently and exhaustively throughout the college search process. And I mean the collective We – teachers, counselors, admission professionals, classmates, friends, family, and strangers who find out that you are a high school senior. Whether helpful or not, offering advice is what we [Admission] do.

So here are our top 5 reasons to start working on your college essays early.

  1. You didn’t get your dream summer job and you have plenty of extra time.
  2. Covfefe. Typos are infuriating and noticeable – build in extra time for proofreading.
  3. Stress relief/parent relief.
  4. Bragging rights.
  5. Free tuition to the first admissible student who applies! Well, no, I’m just kidding. I can promise that we will review your application for merit scholarships if you apply by December 1.

Believe it or not, students spend the most time agonizing over the college essay. If you want to get a head start, here are the two options for the 2017-18 Richmond Question. Pick only one.

  1. Sometimes asking the right question makes all the difference. If you were a college admission counselor, what essay question would you ask? Please craft and answer your own essay prompt – in your response, reflect on what your chosen question reveals about you.
  2. How will you use your Richmond Guarantee?

Don’t delay, write today!

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Tom NicholasTom Nicholas
Senior Assistant Director of Admission 


A Richmond alumnus (Class of 2007), Tom has been working and blogging for the Office of Admission since he graduated. He loves his alma mater and the city that shares its name.

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Beth Anne SpachtBeth Anne Spacht
Assistant Director of Admission


Beth Anne was a double major at Richmond (English and Latin American & Iberian Studies) and now enjoys helping prospective students discover the best of her alma mater.

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