"Write as much of it as you possibly can during the first year, because you will not want to do it when you are already worried about college essays and simply do not want to do it. Pick a topic that you are actually interested in so that you won't be totally bored." --Clara Davis
" I have two suggestions:
1. Do a history paper. You can make anything a history paper.
2. Try not to order tons of books. [If you need them] Order them before the summer and only order them if you know you want to read them. Use the internet or actual people." --Jay Forester
"Considering a liberal arts degree? Take [the EE] seriously, you'll write like four of them in Freshman year alone."--Adam Dohn, Bates College
"Stick to the timeline!! It is not as flexible as you want it to be and this is not something to stick on the back burner for months at a time. Come up with a plan of attack and stick to it. Set aside time each week or few days to pick it back up and work on it... You should not be writing [anything] the day it's due..." --Brendan Stone, University of Rochester
"My only big piece of advice would be to pick a subject area and a topic that you will enjoy learning more about. This will make the project less like a massive school assignment and more like a fun extracurricular endeavor. Also, look at it as an extra credit assignment for [your] IB [diploma score]! You can get bonus points for doing better to offset some of the difficult tests [lol]. Good luck to everyone!" --Kyle Zingler, Duke University
"Pick a topic that you are interested in and want to learn more about it. Don't just pick something that seems easy to find information on. Picking an interesting topic will help keep you motivated to do the research and write the paper. If you are deciding between multiple topics, do some searches to see how much information and credible sources are available, this may help you decide. Take the time to really consider your topic now so that you don't lose time changing it later. Be open to revising your question. Make sure to keep track of sources, especially if you pull quotes. Above all, listen to GR and turn the drafts/sections in on time. She has helped so many students with these essays and knows what she is doing. Do these things and it will make both or your lives easier. Best of luck to you all. You have amazing teachers to help you and despite what you sometimes may think, you really will make it through. (Just a few thoughts from a sophomore at ND)" --Jenna Morgan, University of Notre Dame