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Guide to the 2020-21 Coalition Application Essay Prompts

Topic: Essay Tips, Essay Writing  |  Posted on March 30th, 2020  |  Written by Stacey Brook

What do the 2020-21 Coalition Application essay prompts really mean, and how should you approach them? CEA’s Chief Advisor, Stacey Brook, is here to break it all down.

A Message From Our Founder Re: Coronavirus and College Applicants

Topic: From The Founder, Uncategorized  |  Posted on March 24th, 2020  |  Written by Stacey Brook

Dear Students, Parents and Educators, First and foremost, my team and I wanted to extend our wishes for the safety of you and your loved ones during this crazy and unprecedented crisis. No one yet knows how COVID-19 will impact the education system at large. What we do know is that there are many immediate […]

Guide to the 2019-20 Coalition Application Essay Prompts

Topic: Essay Tips, Essay Writing  |  Posted on February 14th, 2019  |  Written by Stacey Brook

What do the 2019-20 Coalition Application essay prompts really mean, and how should you approach them? CEA’s Chief Advisor, Stacey Brook, is here to break it all down.

3 Ways High School Juniors (and Sophomores!) Should be Preparing for the College Essay

Topic: Admissions, Coalition Application, College Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on January 29th, 2019  |  Written by Stacey Brook

This article was originally posted on USA Today. Yes, there is such a thing as writing your college essay too early. For over a decade, my students (and their parents) have heard me deliver this refrain, and it remains true as it ever was. At the sprightly age of 16 or 17, students are pulling […]

Write about these 3 things in your college essay (even if you think you shouldn’t)

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Essay Resources, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Uncategorized  |  Posted on January 14th, 2019  |  Written by Stacey Brook

This article was originally published in USA Today. Every year, as my team at College Essay Advisors (CEA) begins to brainstorm essay topics with our students, the same refrain always emerges: “I read that I shouldn’t write about this” or “My teacher said I shouldn’t write about that.” What subjects are actually taboo in a college essay? […]

Guide to the 2018-19 Coalition Application Essay Prompts

Topic: Essay Tips, Essay Writing  |  Posted on March 1st, 2018  |  Written by Stacey Brook

What do the 2018-19 Coalition Application essay prompts really mean, and how should you approach them? CEA’s Chief Advisor, Stacey Brook, is here to break it all down.

CEA’s Guide To The 2016-17 Common Application

Topic: College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, International Students, Most Popular  |  Posted on August 1st, 2016  |  Written by Stacey Brook

The 2016-17 Common Application is finally out! What changed and what stayed the same? How can you make the most of this college admissions tool? Our application essay experts have the answers and are here to help!

Guide to the 2016-17 Coalition Application Essay Prompts

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, Most Popular  |  Posted on April 25th, 2016  |  Written by Stacey Brook

There is an upheaval in the world of college admissions. At least that’s what the members of the newly-formed Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success would have us believe as they prepare to launch a new mass application platform this summer. Since the announcement that over 80 elite colleges would be banding together to challenge […]

Your 5-Step Guide to Surviving the Wait-List Apocalypse

Topic: College Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 14th, 2016  |  Written by Stacey Brook

This post was originally published on USA Today College. The recent onslaught of wait-list letters arriving in the inboxes of disappointed students around the country probably isn’t quite as dire as a zombie apocalypse, but the terrors can be just as scary to combat. Once you’re infected, that feeling of unease can penetrate your life […]

5 Pockets of Essay Writing Time You Didn’t Know You Had

Topic: Essay Tips  |  Posted on September 10th, 2015  |  Written by Stacey Brook

You have only been back to school for a few weeks and your schoolwork is already piled as high as the Empire State building. When will you ever find time to write your admissions essay, one of the most crucial components of your college application? THERE IS NO TIME!!! Oh, but there is. As essay […]