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The NY Times’ June Checklist: “Start Writing Your College Essay”

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on June 13th, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

The NY Times’ The Choice blog recently released its June College Checklist for Juniors, and can you guess what was on the list?  That’s right folks!  It’s officially essay time! The post suggests that June is the perfect time to begin the college essay, as the summer frees students from the added pressure of everyday […]

Brainstorming Quick Tip: Call Your Grandmother

Topic: Common App Prompts/Topics, Essay Tips  |  Posted on June 10th, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

Rifling through your memory to identify important events and enertaining anecdotes from the past seventeen years of your life can be a daunting task.  Where do you begin?  How could you possibly be expected to remember everything that ever happened to you?  It is often much harder to try and conjure these memories out of […]

Writerly Nerds of Wisdom: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Topic: Essay Tips  |  Posted on June 3rd, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Students Ask: “Is it bad to start a college essay with a paragraph that is really short?”

Topic: Essay Tips  |  Posted on June 2nd, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

Q: Would it be bad to start with a two-sentence paragraph? All the rest of my paragraphs are normal length. A: When it comes to the college admissions essay, capturing the attention of an admissions officer can be difficult, and an opening paragraph that challenges traditional writing conventions can be an effective way to stand […]

The New 2013-14 Common Application

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

As many parents and students are already aware, this year will mark some dramatic changes in the Common Application essay’s content and format.  The admissions and college prep communities are abuzz with analysis of the new essay standards, and CEA’s advisors have been following the changes every step of the way.  Below we created a […]

CEA Comics Corner: The Procrastinator’s Inspiration

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on May 29th, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

(Image by Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes)

Students Ask: “What is the fastest way to come up with an essay idea?”

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on May 28th, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

One of our student Facebook friends asked us a great question this week, and as we began to respond, we realized the answer would be helpful to many of our essay-writing disciples.  Thus begins our new CEA series, “Students Ask” in which we will call for questions each week and expound upon the ones we […]

Let’s Talk About Cents: Is Writing A College Essay About Money Too Scandalous?

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on May 21st, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

Recently, New York Times columnist Ron Leiber asked students to submit college admissions essays related to “money, class, working and the economy,” and was rewarded with 66 entries to comb through alongside Harry Bauld, the author of On Writing The College Application Essay.  Together, the two men selected four essays they found both compelling and […]

Write Yourself Off The Wait List

Topic: College Admissions  |  Posted on May 14th, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

We here at CEA are motivated folks who work with may of the country’s most ambitious pre-collegiate minds, so we understand as well as anyone that students on a wait list for their dream school would want to proactively affect the outcome of a college’s final decision.  Last week the New York Times published an […]

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