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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 […]

Welcome Changes to the 2015-2016 Common Application Essay

Topic: College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, Essay Tips, International Students, Most Popular  |  Posted on April 3rd, 2015  |  Written by Stacey Brook

The 2015-2016 Common Application essay prompts were finally confirmed this past Tuesday. What changed and what stayed the same? And what does it all mean for the upcoming college application season? College Essay Advisors has the answers.

College Essay Advisors Answers your Common App FAQs

Topic: College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, Essay Tips, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on October 2nd, 2014  |  Written by CEA HQ

The Common App has made applying to college easier in so many ways. Only one form for your personal information! Only one activity resume to fill out! That said, as with so that now rely on the miracles of modern technology for basic functionality, the Common App’s online platform can be a little confusing — […]

Identifying the Verbal Tics in your College Essay

Topic: Essay Tips  |  Posted on October 2nd, 2014  |  Written by CEA HQ

Most people are unaware of their own verbal tics. While we know to look out for fillers like “uh,” “um,” “like,” even “you know,” sometimes less generic stand-ins seep into our vocabulary and stick. These words can become so ingrained in our speech patterns, they become like verbal fingerprints. Remember when you mocked your sister mercilessly for […]

College Essay News and Tips: CEA’s Link Roundup

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, International Students  |  Posted on September 22nd, 2014  |  Written by CEA HQ

College essay news has been coming fast and furious but we only select the best, most interesting stories for you, dear readers. Sit back, relax, and bask in the glow of our hand-picked college essay news items. Remember that New Republic piece on the Ivy League? Of course you do. Here’s another response. There is no better feeling […]

College Essay Productivity Tips: Play With The Essay

Topic: Essay Tips  |  Posted on September 22nd, 2014  |  Written by CEA HQ

School is back in session and we know you’re already feeling the burn. The homework has piled up up and the extracurriculars are swallowing your afternoons. When are you supposed to find time to start that pesky college essay (that you were supposed to write this summer, but no biggie — we won’t tell anyone.) Would […]

College Essay DOs and DON’Ts

Topic: Essay Tips  |  Posted on September 10th, 2014  |  Written by CEA HQ

What should and should not be included in a college essay? What rules can and can’t you break? And what will or won’t allow you to maximize your productivity as you tackle this daunting task? So many questions, right? That’s why we put together a list of our top DOs and DON’Ts for the essay writing process. […]

Three Tips for Overcoming The Procrastination Doom Loop

Topic: Essay Tips  |  Posted on September 4th, 2014  |  Written by CEA HQ

Tell us if this sounds like a familiar story. At the beginning of the summer you told yourself you were going to sit down and write your college admissions essay. “I’m going to get a jump start,” you said to yourself, “how hard could it be?” Instead you took a few trips to the beach, ate a lot of […]

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

Topic: Essay Tips, International Students  |  Posted on August 29th, 2014  |  Written by CEA HQ

Welcome back to our second installment of our new series, College Essay Link Roundup!  We had a great time reading up on the latest admissions and college essay news (with a glass of lemonade on our lounge chair, OBVS), and have lots to share with you. Between our last Roundup and now, the internet exploded […]

Using New Dictionary Words in Your Essays? That’s Baller.

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on August 28th, 2014  |  Written by CEA HQ

New words have been added to the Oxford Dictionary, which means you can now properly use “cray” and “bro hug” in your college essays. But should you?

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