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Writerly Nerds of Wisdom: Stephen King

Topic: Essay Tips  |  Posted on May 9th, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” -Stephen King

It’s Science!: Stand Up For Success

Topic: Essay Tips  |  Posted on May 8th, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

Even when we talk about how it starts, our students are sedentary.  You’re going to sit down and write that essay.  An article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal suggests that we should all be doing our work standing up, or at the very least, sitting up straight.  The advisors at CEA should take some lessons […]

CEA Comics Corner: How To Choose Your Major

Topic: College Admissions  |  Posted on May 7th, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

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 […]

Productivity Quick Tip: Disconnect Yourself

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

Trust us, we know it’s hard: we love the internet just as much as you do.  Disconnecting yourself from that wi-fi connection can feel as unnatural as swimming  fully clothed or spending Saturday night at home watching a Lifetime movie with your parents.  Still, if you allow yourself to work internet-free for an hour or […]

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 […]

Brainstorming Quick Tip: Raid Your Journal

Topic: Common App Prompts/Topics, Essay Tips  |  Posted on April 26th, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

Have you ever kept a journal or a diary?  It might be time to pick up those collections of private thoughts, wince through your pre-teen love poems, and give it a good read.  So much happens to us throughout our adolescence, it is easy to forget the small events that impacted our goals, motivations and […]

College Essays For (The World’s Smartest) Dummies

Topic: Common App Prompts/Topics, Essay Tips  |  Posted on April 24th, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

The New York Times’ Learning Network recently published an exercise asking teachers to lead their high school students through exploration of and practice for the new common application essay prompts.  In addition to encouraging directed free writes, the activity encourages the use of columns from The Times as models for content, and The Choice Blog […]

Welcome to College Essay Advisors!

Topic: College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, Essay Tips, International Students, Resume Help, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on July 4th, 2012  |  Written by CEA HQ

Welcome to College Essay Advisors, otherwise known as CEA.  Our college essay experts have been working with students for over a decade to help them personalize, polish and perfect the personal statement.  We know the college admissions essay is a crucial tool in boosting admissions rates for students of all abilities and have worked with […]