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College Essay Myths Debunked: Yes, You Can Write About Sports

Topic: College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, Essay Tips  |  Posted on June 30th, 2014  |  Written by CEA HQ

For years students have been told they can’t write college admissions essays about sports. Untrue. You just have to write a sports essay unlike any other.

Writerly Nerds of Wisdom: Neil Gaiman

Topic: Essay Tips  |  Posted on June 27th, 2014  |  Written by CEA HQ

“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days, nothing else matters.” – Neil Gaiman

Is Being “Cool” Good For Your College Admissions Essay?

Topic: College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, Essay Tips  |  Posted on June 26th, 2014  |  Written by CEA HQ

Research says popularity at a young age could have negative implications later in life. But should students try to be cool in their College Admissions Essays?

One Student, Eight Ivy League Schools

Topic: College Admissions  |  Posted on June 10th, 2014  |  Written by CEA HQ

How did Long Island high school senior, Kwasi Enin, get into all eight Ivy League schools? Through hard work and an effective college admissions essay.

Why You Can Write A College Essay About Anything You Want

Topic: College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, Essay Tips, Most Popular  |  Posted on June 4th, 2014  |  Written by CEA HQ

Many of our students initially approach the process of choosing a college essay topic by asking, “What does admissions want to hear?” The real question they should be asking themselves is, “What do I really want to say?”

Writing the College Admissions Essay: How Early is Too Early To Start?

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on April 30th, 2014  |  Written by CEA HQ

The time has come. Flowers are blooming. The frost has permanently (we hope!) melted from the trees. Students everywhere have taken the incessant checking of their Instagram feeds to the fresh air of the outdoors. Spring has finally arrived, and with it comes a daunting task – beginning the college admissions essay. We are often […]

College Admissions Essay Deadline Zone: 5 Final Tips

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, Most Popular  |  Posted on October 30th, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

This is it, folks. Though some schools have extended their Early Admissions deadlines to compensate for technical difficulties with the Common Application, the first big due date for Early Decision and Early Action apps is effectively two days away. While we are confident you have all been toiling away by the light of your computers, […]

CEA’s College Essay Checkup™: A Quick Cure For Your Admission Essay Ailments

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on October 14th, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

Students, we hear the sniffle in your voices. We see the feverish looks on your faces. It’s just a few weeks before the November 1 early admissions deadline, and you’re thinking your college admissions essay might not be in the healthiest shape. The topic has been complaining of blurry vision, something about your introduction is […]

Free Essay Topic Consultations, This Weekend Only at the Long Island National College Fair!

Topic: College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, Essay Tips  |  Posted on October 1st, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

Attention Long Island college applicants! This coming Sunday, October 6, from 11:00am-3:00pm, the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) will be hosting a national college fair at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Even in the age of the glorious, all-knowing internet, it can be hard to find the answers to all of your college-oriented questions […]

Beyond The Common Application Essay: The Dreaded Writing Supplements

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on September 23rd, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

When our students dig into the college application process, they are often surprised to encounter, not just the main Common Application essay assignment, but a host of additional, school-specific writing prompts for which they must also craft thoughtful replies. What are these wicked questions? What is the best way to approach them? How are they different from the Common Application’s main essay? […]

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