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AMCAS Application for Med School: How to Write a Strong “Personal Comments” Essay

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on July 28th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

If you’re submitting an application to a Medical School through AMCAS (The American Medical College Application Service), you’ve likely already put a considerable amount of time and thought into your decision to do so. The best way to reflect this high level of commitment is to write a memorable and succinct “Personal Comments” essay. AMCAS […]

The Diversity Essay

Topic: Essay Resources, Essay Tips, Essay Writing  |  Posted on July 26th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Most institutions of higher education celebrate diversity. What does this word mean to you? And what role will diversity play in your undergraduate life?  The diversity essay can take many different forms, but at the core of this type of supplemental essay is one important question: How do you engage with people whose lived experiences […]

What is the Top-Choice Letter in Private School Admissions?

Topic: Admissions, Private School  |  Posted on July 22nd, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Many families have approached us after attending school tours, speaking with administrators, and submitting applications, asking, “What else can we do to confirm our interest?” The answer, of course, is drafting the infamous “top-choice” letter. What is the Top-Choice Letter? If you are exploring selective private schools, odds are you’ve heard of the top-choice letter. […]

The Top 10 Private School Admissions Interview Questions Students Should Expect

Topic: Admissions, Private School  |  Posted on July 15th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

If you are in the process of applying to private schools, you will likely need to interview with a school representative. The very best thing you can do to ace the interview is be yourself. We’re serious! Working with preteens and teenagers might just be our favorite part of the advising work we do, and […]

Regular Decision Deadlines 2021-22

Topic: Admissions  |  Posted on July 8th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Deadlines are the worst. Even the word looks terrifying. It has the word “dead” in it. What’s with that? Bitter feelings aside, deadlines are inevitable. And many Regular Decision deadlines are going to be here before you know it. Whether you’re applying Regular Decision to safety, target, or dream schools, it’s important to make sure […]

How to Respond to The Standard Application Online (SAO)’s Optional Covid-19 Prompt for Parents

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on July 1st, 2021  |  Written by CEA HQ

  OPTIONAL QUESTION How have COVID-19 and remote learning impacted your child personally and/or academically? Please use this space to describe what you and your child have learned through your positive and/or negative experiences with this challenge. We have all experienced major disruptions in our routines and daily lives as a result of the coronavirus […]

The 2021-22 Xavier High School in CT Application Essay Guide

Topic: Admissions, Private School, Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 22nd, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

If you’re applying to Xavier High School in Middletown, CT, you’ve come to the right place. Below you will find the two prompts for the admissions essays required of applicants. You’ll notice that admissions is asking applicants to pen their responses in their own handwriting. So, let’s crack our knuckles and dive in! Directions: Please […]

How to Write Successful Md-PhD and Significant Research Experience Essays

Topic: Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 19th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

If you’re applying to an MD-PhD program(s) through the AMCAS application, you are required to provide admissions with the Personal Comments essay and two additional essays: the MD-PhD Essay and the Significant Research Experience Essay. MD-PhD Essay The MD-PhD Essay is a straightforward “Why essay” — in other words, admissions is hoping to learn why […]

Why We’re Remaining Virtual Post-Pandemic

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 15th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

As more people are getting vaccinated and covid-related hospitalizations are on a steady decline, the world is starting to open back up again. Students are in school, regulations are lifting, and people are emerging from their homes as they begin to reacclimate to society.   We are now navigating this new world together, one in […]

ISAAGNY Upper School 2020-21 Common Essay Prompt Guide

Topic: Admissions, Private School, Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 9th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Welcome one and all to College Essay Advisors’ ISAAGNY (The Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York) Upper School Common Essay Prompt Guide! The ISAAGNY common essay prompts are meant to provide you with some creative inspiration to help you write about yourself in a meaningful way. Your main goal in responding to the […]