Overview: Developing high quality college admissions essays will require a lengthy period of writing, review, and critical examination. Sometimes a ‘critical examination’ is hindered by emotional attachments to a student’s essay. A mom may want to read flattering things about her in her daughter’s essay. An older sibling wants to see herself as the heroine of her young sister’s essay. A family wants to see itself in a flattering light in a student’s essay, or the student does not want to tell the story that needs to be told if he or she is to truly distinguish themselves in the competitive pool or college applicants. However, a well written essay, or well told story, may be used for applying to multiple colleges and scholarships.