re: «Over these last several weeks of summer vacation, Nicole has been working, and working some more, on her common application essay. She’s gone back and forth between two ideas, trying to perfect both, hoping that the one she ultimately chooses will best reflect who she is.»
If Nicole can give herself “permission” to spot the deeper, unexpected, but always “there” connection between her two “separate” essays, she’ll see that she can meld them into one self-defining piece of writing of inestimable power and supremely serenity-eliciting satisfaction. You too, for that matter, with your own writing.
What are colleges looking for? People who don’t care what they’re looking for. That’s what the amazing process of writing a college essay is really all about.
Adam and Brenda tell you that they want to do simple wills under which everything will pass to the survivor on the first death, until he or she dies or starts a new relationship. Whatever is left after that is to be used primarily to ensure that Charlotte has a roof over her head and adequate financial support while she is in full time education, but, subject to that, they want to ensure that all the children (and grandchildren if a child has predeceased) are treated fairly. They were going to draw the wills up themselves, and did some research on the internet which convinced them that mutual wills were the answer, but they sounded a bit complicated so they want you to draw them up and have made an appointment for that purpose.