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2016-2017 College Application Calendar for Juniors

Topic: College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, International Students, Most Popular  |  Posted on January 13th, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

Dearest juniors-or do you now prefer to go by “rising seniors?” Dearest class of 2017, welcome to the busiest year of your life. Before you start stockpiling RedBull or making plans to flee to Cuba, know that you can do this. At this very moment, you have the whole year ahead of you, and if […]

The Year In Review: Personal Statement Success and More

Topic: College Admissions  |  Posted on January 6th, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

Wow. You are awesome. Before you start making New Years resolutions, take a moment to look back at all of your 2015 accomplishments. We’re serious. Get out a notebook at make a list: the best of you, year-in-review. Here, we’ll get you started: I completed applications to [pick a number] colleges! I balanced my school […]

The Final Countdown: 2015’s Top 10 College Essay Tips

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on December 28th, 2015  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

As 2015 draws to a close, year-end lists clog up all of our newsfeeds with reminiscences of the year’s best tunes, worst outfits, weirdest Snapchat filters, happiest chinchillas, and pretty much anything else you can think of. But we all know that the countdown to the new year means so much more than a welcome […]

5 Reasons You Should Stop Working on Your College Essay Now

Topic: Essay Tips  |  Posted on December 22nd, 2015  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

This one goes out to all the perfectionists in the room. The screen glows bright on your laptop tonight Eighty post-its to be seen Your kingdom of applications And you’re craving more caffeine Your drafts are rising like a global warming tide Couldn’t help yourself, here’s draft eighty five Don’t write that there, don’t use […]

The Final College Essay Checklist: Taste The Sweet Victory

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on December 17th, 2015  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

REJOICE! FESTIVE PASTRY SEASON IS UPON US! Look at these adorable snowflake cookies! Look at this gigantic seasonal croquembouche! Nothing tastes sweeter than a puffy profiterole plucked from a perfectly engineered pastry tower. Nothing, that is, aside from the sweet taste of knowing that the college essays you have toiled over are finally done – […]

Last-Minute Application Essay Edits from the Experts at CEA

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on December 10th, 2015  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

Are you coming down with something, or are college essays making you sick? Does the mere thought of reading over another draft make you nauseous? A normal medical doctor can’t help with these ailments, but without a quick shot in the arm, you and your essays could be in dire trouble. Luckily the specialists at […]

How To Manage All of Your Last-Minute College Essays

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, Most Popular  |  Posted on December 3rd, 2015  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

Tis the season to open your calendar and transform into Ralphie during this pivotal moment of A Christmas Story: We’re about to hit the last week of December and many deadlines are only days away. If you still have supplemental essays left to write, before you let yourself become too overwhelmed by guilt, stress, and the […]

Black Friday Free Essay Help Starts Now!

Topic: Essay Tips, Most Popular  |  Posted on November 27th, 2015  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

BEST. BLACK FRIDAY. EVER. Just in time to help you make the most of Thanksgiving break, we are offering FREE COLLEGE ESSAY HELP ALL DAY to all college and grad school applicants in need of a little essay inspiration and admissions-related insight. For 24 hours, we are offering our expert help in the form of: FREE 15-minute consultations […]

Get Your Free College Essay Review on Black Friday

Topic: Essay Tips  |  Posted on November 25th, 2015  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

Your free college essay review is just 2 days away! On Black Friday, our expert advisors will be doling out free 15-minute essay consults to the first 100 college and grad school applicants to submit their drafts. Send us your essay in the morning and you’ll get comments back by the time you’re done shopping. We’ll be posting […]

3 Time Management Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Break

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on November 19th, 2015  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

This year you should be thankful for family, football, sweet potatoes, Cool Whip, food comas, Missy Elliott, and a long weekend. Thanksgiving always marks one of the last major breaks that college applicants have to write their essays before the final deadlines start to arrive. The reality of the looming deadlines weighs more heavily than that […]