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Category: Admissions Essay

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[Upcoming Webinar] Using the Secrets of Screenwriting to Write Your College Essay

A Five-Part Webinar Series led by Ethan Sawyer, the College Essay Guy
October 12-16, 5-6:30pm PST

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Read What These Admissions Officers Have to Say About Application Essays

Enjoy this post by Alex Thaler, the founder of Zoomita, and an expert in college admissions essays!   As the founder of a site that helps students organize their application essays, I get a lot of essay-related questions. One that comes up a lot is “what will the admissions committee think about my essay?” Wouldn’t […]

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Nae Tanaka

5 Ingredients of a Winning College Essay

Guest post from Admissions Expert, Nae Tanaka! The college application essay is unlike any essay you’ve ever written. You must be introspective in your college essay. You must show maturity, growth, and write about a memorable story.

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Kristin Fracchia

The New 2015-2016 Common Application Essays

Ah, July. When rising seniors everywhere realize that summer is going by a bit more quickly than they might have liked…and college application essays are coming out in droves. College essays are generally a bit more eager beaver than the rest of their accompanying application forms. This is because they are typically the most time-consuming part […]

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Kristin Fracchia

College Admissions Essay: Top Tips for Making a Statement Colleges Will Remember (In a Good Way)

The college admissions essay is a daunting task for most students. Many students have never been asked to do this type of writing before or have never engaged in the deep introspection such an essay requires. It’s a lot of pressure. I hear you. So how can you make the job easier? Check out my […]

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Using the Secrets of Screenwriting to Write Your College Essay [Webinar]

A Five-Part Webinar Series led by Ethan Sawyer, the College Essay Guy July 13-17, 11:30am-1:00pm PST   If a private university or college is in your future, the Common App is your one-way ticket. You’ve got one shot at a winning application, and Ethan Sawyer, the College Essay Guy, is here to help! Using the […]

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Will a Great Essay Get Me Into College?

If you’ve ever asked yourself this question, here’s a short and sweet answer from Ethan Sawyer, the College Essay Guy. The short answer here is: No, an essay won’t get you into college on its own. Your acceptance at most universities is dictated primarily by your GPA, course-load (how hard your classes are) and, to […]

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Nadira Berman

Top Three Worst College Essay Topics

No matter how good your writing is, if you’ve picked a bad topic, college admissions officers will be unimpressed with your personal statement. They will likely have seen hundreds of essays exactly like it. And you definitely don’t want your essay to be trite and forgettable. Try to stand out from the crowd. You are […]

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Nadira Berman

The Common Application Essay: Finding a Topic

The Common App essay can be the scariest part of applying to colleges. 650 words seems like a lot, but never fear, if you pick the right topic, those words will fly right by and you’ll wish you had more. I know, shocking, right?   What’s the number one thing you want colleges to know about […]

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How to Make Your Essay Not Boring

Bored by your own college essay? Here are some tips that will liven it up, from Ethan Sawyer, aka the College Essay Guy! Here are three tips to help you avoid writing an essay that’s, for lack of a better word, boring:   1. Make sure the connections your essay makes are non-obvious and specific. […]

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