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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 […]

What Students Need to Know About the 2015-16 Common App (It’s Here and It’s Better!)

Topic: Common App Prompts/Topics  |  Posted on August 4th, 2015  |  Written by Stacey Brook

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The 2015 Common Application went live this past Saturday in the wake of much anticipation. Though we have known certain details about this year’s Common App essays since April (the prompts received a light makeover, students have gained the ability to print preview the essay during drafting, […]

Welcome Changes to the 2015-2016 Common Application Essay

Topic: College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, Essay Tips, International Students, Most Popular  |  Posted on April 3rd, 2015  |  Written by Stacey Brook

The 2015-2016 Common Application essay prompts were finally confirmed this past Tuesday. What changed and what stayed the same? And what does it all mean for the upcoming college application season? College Essay Advisors has the answers.

Commencement Speech from a CEA Alum

Topic: College Admissions  |  Posted on June 14th, 2013  |  Written by Stacey Brook

Over the years I have worked with many talented individuals who go on to attend top-notch schools, secure the most sought-after jobs in the country, and work towards the larger goal of positively impacting the world at large.  While many of these students have a talent for written expression and word craft, the ability to […]

Lessons from The Columbia Class of ’17: Honesty Is The Best Revenge

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on May 2nd, 2013  |  Written by Stacey Brook

The Columbia essay controversy is already dying down, but one response to the leak of 70 recently accepted students’ self-posted was particularly notable.  A few days following the internet ambush of the public Google drive that housed these winning admissions scripts, Noah Samotin, one of the Class of ’17 contributors, published a piece in teen […]

Why The Columbia ’17 Freshmen Should Be Proud of Their “Pretentious” Admissions Essays

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on May 1st, 2013  |  Written by Stacey Brook

Long before the Internet provided a platform for the mass critique of a seventeen-year-old applicant’s painstakingly polished prose, writing the personal statement has been a process fraught with tension and self-doubt.  But as several new additions to Columbia University’s class of 2017 recently discovered, even after your essay secures your admission to the school of […]