Why buying successful admissions essays is probably a waste of money

Scott Anderson, director of outreach for the Common Application, explains one reason there’s no guarantee that successful college admissions essays for purchase are any good:

Essays play an important role in a student’s application, but they rarely seal the deal in the way that essay vendors imply. (And, fortunately for me, they seldom torpedo the whole enterprise, either.) The far more common — and, in some ways, comforting — reality when it comes to college essays is that most students generally do an O.K. job. The question is whether “O.K.” is worth 20 bucks.