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One Student, Eight Ivy League Schools

Topic: College Admissions  |  Posted on June 10th, 2014  |  Written by CEA HQ

How did Long Island high school senior, Kwasi Enin, get into all eight Ivy League schools? Through hard work and an effective college admissions essay.

Why You Can Write A College Essay About Anything You Want

Topic: College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, Essay Tips, Most Popular  |  Posted on June 4th, 2014  |  Written by CEA HQ

Many of our students initially approach the process of choosing a college essay topic by asking, “What does admissions want to hear?” The real question they should be asking themselves is, “What do I really want to say?”

Writing the College Admissions Essay: How Early is Too Early To Start?

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on April 30th, 2014  |  Written by CEA HQ

The time has come. Flowers are blooming. The frost has permanently (we hope!) melted from the trees. Students everywhere have taken the incessant checking of their Instagram feeds to the fresh air of the outdoors. Spring has finally arrived, and with it comes a daunting task – beginning the college admissions essay. We are often […]

College Admissions Essay Deadline Zone: 5 Final Tips

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, Most Popular  |  Posted on October 30th, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

This is it, folks. Though some schools have extended their Early Admissions deadlines to compensate for technical difficulties with the Common Application, the first big due date for Early Decision and Early Action apps is effectively two days away. While we are confident you have all been toiling away by the light of your computers, […]

CEA’s College Essay Checkup™: A Quick Cure For Your Admission Essay Ailments

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on October 14th, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

Students, we hear the sniffle in your voices. We see the feverish looks on your faces. It’s just a few weeks before the November 1 early admissions deadline, and you’re thinking your college admissions essay might not be in the healthiest shape. The topic has been complaining of blurry vision, something about your introduction is […]

Free Essay Topic Consultations, This Weekend Only at the Long Island National College Fair!

Topic: College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, Essay Tips  |  Posted on October 1st, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

Attention Long Island college applicants! This coming Sunday, October 6, from 11:00am-3:00pm, the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) will be hosting a national college fair at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Even in the age of the glorious, all-knowing internet, it can be hard to find the answers to all of your college-oriented questions […]

Beyond The Common Application Essay: The Dreaded Writing Supplements

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on September 23rd, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

When our students dig into the college application process, they are often surprised to encounter, not just the main Common Application essay assignment, but a host of additional, school-specific writing prompts for which they must also craft thoughtful replies. What are these wicked questions? What is the best way to approach them? How are they different from the Common Application’s main essay? […]

Common Application 2013-2014 Essay Format Update: Hallelujah, We Have Paragraphs!

Topic: College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, Essay Tips, Essay Writing  |  Posted on September 9th, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

The Common Application recently revealed a new development for their college essay formatting. Real paragraphs! Separated by actual line spaces!

Writerly Nerds of Wisdom: Ernest Hemingway

Topic: Essay Tips  |  Posted on September 9th, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

“All you have to do is write one true sentence.  Write the truest sentence you know.” – Ernest Hemingway

Back to School with College Essay Advisors

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on August 20th, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

First, the bad news. The school year is almost upon us. Summer reading is almost due, homework is on the horizon, and the amount of time you spend floating in swimming pools and eating hamburgers on the beach is about to decrease significantly. The good news? Back to school shopping is here! Fall TV Previews are about […]

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