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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

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 […]

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