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Guide to The NY Times’ Five Best College Essays on Work, Money and Class

Topic: advice, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, New York Times, Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 22nd, 2017  |  Written by Nina Bailey

Every year, The New York Times issues an open call for college application essays on the subject of money, work, and class. Money becomes a lens through which identity, family, and dreams, can be glimpsed. Out of the many submissions they received this year, The Times published the five best essays (four were published in […]

Nicki Minaj is Helping Fans Stay in School one Tweet at a Time

Topic: News, Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 15th, 2017  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Nicki Minaj brought music to her fan’s ears this weekend, but not necessarily in the way they expected. The world-renowned artist is known for encouraging her fans to get an education, whether that be in interviews or on stage. She even told Ellen’s beloved Sophia Grace and Rosie, a.k.a. the “I love pink!” girls to […]

Five Foolproof Tips for Conquering the Common Application Essay

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Common Application, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Quick Tips, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 12th, 2017  |  Written by Nina Bailey

  The first time I successfully did a handstand in yoga class, it was unexpected and almost effortless. My legs kicked up, and then, as if being lifted by string, I was supporting my body with my arms. When we talk about strategies for tackling the college essay, I like to tell the story of […]

Beyoncé Offers College Scholarships for Women, Continues to Slay

Topic: College Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 27th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

In a boss move from one of the world’s most empowering females, Beyoncé recently announced that she will be launching a program called Formation Scholars to provide scholarships for young women “who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident. ” The scholarships will be awarded to one student at each […]

Guide to the 2017-18 Coalition Application Essay Prompts

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, Most Popular  |  Posted on March 28th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

Last year, applicants around the world became the first to experiment with a brand new college application platform. Intended to be a full-service competitor to the Common App, the Coalition Application provided students with a fresh new interface and, of course, a new set of essay prompts to grapple with.

The Common Application’s 2017-18 Essay Prompts: What You Need To Know

Topic: College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, Essay Tips, Most Popular, Uncategorized  |  Posted on February 7th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

Class of 2022 – it’s about that time. The first milestone in your college application journey has officially arrived. Today the Common Application released their 2017-18 essay prompts. This reveal comes with a heaping helping of good news, most of which relates to the fact that the prompts have not changed all that much from last […]

2017-18 College Application Calendar for Juniors

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, International Students  |  Posted on January 12th, 2017  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

High school juniors…it’s your turn up at bat. 2017 will be the year you reach an extremely important milestone – applying to college, which of course means writing your college essay. AHHH! PANIC! Wait, no, don’t. Because if you’re reading this post, then you’re already WAY ahead! We here at CEA say that the most […]

College Application Celebration

Topic: College Admissions  |  Posted on December 29th, 2016  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

Let us be the first to say it. CONGRATULATIONS! You made it through the 2016 college application season. With most major deadlines approaching in just a few days, finally you can breathe. All the stress releases with the click of the “submit” button. Today, we’re here to tell you that it’s your time to sit […]

A College Essay Crash Course for Super Procrastinators

Topic: Common App Prompts/Topics, Essay Tips, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on December 22nd, 2016  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

How did it come to this? It’s the last week and you still have essays left to write. It happens every year and you are not alone. Bolt the doors. Throw your phone into the ocean. You are on college essay lock down. You still have time to walk yourself through the basic paces of […]

4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Submit Your College Applications

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on December 15th, 2016  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

The day has come… almost. Regular decision deadlines are just a few weeks away, and soon it will be time to kiss those admissions essays goodbye and send them off into the wide world. They grow up so fast. After spending so many hours laboring over each individual application, it can be hard to let […]