Today I'm starting my new "Look Over My Shoulder" series. Each entry in this series will show you an application essay with my comments. I hope that by reading enough essays and comments, you'll learn to identify and avoid common essay mistakes. Here's today's entry:

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Jon Perkins holds a B.A. in English from Stanford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He helps students with their college, law school, and medical school applications.