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College Essays About Money Highlighted in The New York Times

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on May 27th, 2015  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

“Financial hardship and triumph, and wants and needs, are the stuff of great literature,” writes Ron Lieber in a recent New York Times article, and we agree. These Dickensian topics are the stuff of the American dream. They are also incredibly difficult to talk about, especially when you’re in high school. To do these topics […]

Personal Essay Spotlight: David Sedaris

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on May 8th, 2015  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

Hooray! It’s another installation of “Personal Essay Spotlight” in which we help you master the art of the personal essay by harnessing the techniques of the greats. This week, we’re tackling another common challenge (that will come up again and again): Seeing the big picture. At College Essay Advisors, we love discovering the details that […]

College Essay News and Tips: CEA’s Weekly Link Roundup

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on May 5th, 2015  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

Let’s all breathe a sigh of relief. The 2014-15 college application cycle has run its course, we have finally gotten a full night’s sleep, and the weekly link roundup is back after its peak-season hiatus! We’re feeling pretty blissed out these days, so the theme of this week’s roundup is ~*~inspiration~*~. The school year is […]

The College Application Moral Bucket List: Turning Your Stumbles into Stories

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, Most Popular  |  Posted on April 29th, 2015  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

“Commencement speakers are always telling young people to follow their passions,” writes David Brooks in his recent article for the NY Times titled, “The Moral Bucket List.” We’re sure you’ve heard this advice many times and in many ways from the adults in your lives. And guess what: you will hear it again throughout the college […]

Personal Essay Spotlight: Eudora Welty

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on April 22nd, 2015  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

When high seniors first encounter the Common Application, most have little to no experience with the personal essay, but this is exactly what colleges expect you to deliver in your application. It’s a format that requires both a conversational tone and polished, insightful storytelling, but most students haven’t had many opportunities or reasons to proactively […]