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The Diversity Essay

Topic: Essay Resources, Essay Tips, Essay Writing  |  Posted on July 26th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Most institutions of higher education celebrate diversity. What does this word mean to you? And what role will diversity play in your undergraduate life?  The diversity essay can take many different forms, but at the core of this type of supplemental essay is one important question: How do you engage with people whose lived experiences […]

Guide to the 2021-22 Coalition Application Essay Prompts

Topic: Essay Tips, Essay Writing  |  Posted on February 12th, 2021  |  Written by Stacey Brook

What do the 2021-22 Coalition Application essay prompts really mean, and how should you approach them? CEA’s Chief Advisor, Stacey Brook, is here to break it all down.

How the Coronavirus Pandemic is Impacting College Admissions: Our Founder Weighs In

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Writing, Tips  |  Posted on April 7th, 2020  |  Written by CEA HQ

Whether you’re deciding where to attend college next fall via virtual tours, or diving into the daunting task of starting your college admissions essay,  the past few weeks have felt overwhelming and uncertain — to say the least.  As the nation grapples with the impacts of a global pandemic, there are several ways for juniors […]

Guide to the 2020-21 Coalition Application Essay Prompts

Topic: Essay Tips, Essay Writing  |  Posted on March 30th, 2020  |  Written by Stacey Brook

What do the 2020-21 Coalition Application essay prompts really mean, and how should you approach them? CEA’s Chief Advisor, Stacey Brook, is here to break it all down.

Guide to the 2019-20 Coalition Application Essay Prompts

Topic: Essay Tips, Essay Writing  |  Posted on February 14th, 2019  |  Written by Stacey Brook

What do the 2019-20 Coalition Application essay prompts really mean, and how should you approach them? CEA’s Chief Advisor, Stacey Brook, is here to break it all down.

Write about these 3 things in your college essay (even if you think you shouldn’t)

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Essay Resources, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Uncategorized  |  Posted on January 14th, 2019  |  Written by Stacey Brook

This article was originally published in USA Today. Every year, as my team at College Essay Advisors (CEA) begins to brainstorm essay topics with our students, the same refrain always emerges: “I read that I shouldn’t write about this” or “My teacher said I shouldn’t write about that.” What subjects are actually taboo in a college essay? […]

How to Handle the Holidays as a High School Senior

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Uncategorized  |  Posted on December 12th, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Chestnuts are roasting on an open fire, snowflakes are staying on your nose and eyelashes, and Santa Claus is comin’ to town. It’s also an incredibly stressful time for college applicants waiting on important announcements from their dream schools. If you are finding yourself in this anxiety-ridden boat this winter, don’t worry. Grab an oar […]

How to Start Your College Admissions Essay

Topic: Admissions, advice, Brainstorming, College Admissions, Essay Resources, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, News, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on September 10th, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

It’s a classic story of student-visits-campus, and it goes like this. First, student visits campus (duh). Then, student notices campus’ uncanny likeness to a wizarding school that shall-not-be-named. Student declares undying love for campus. Student decides to apply Early Decision because student is All In™. But then student realizes it’s only July. The deadline is […]

The Best Way to Proofread a College Essay

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Quick Tips, Tips  |  Posted on August 20th, 2018  |  Written by CEA HQ

If you have happened across this article, then congratulations! You’ve finished a draft of your college essay! Now is the time to make sure your essay is fit for submission. To initiate the proofreading process, put your detective hat on. It’s time to search the dark corners of your essay for mistakes. Errors are your […]

How To Approach The College Essay When Writing Isn’t Your Strong Suit

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Common Application, Essay Resources, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Quick Tips, Tips  |  Posted on June 28th, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

So you’re not about to declare a Creative Writing major and your dream has never been to win a Pulitzer prize. The words don’t come naturally to you and you have trouble transforming your ideas into eloquent sentences. You might find yourself working harder in English and relaxing in Math and Computer Programming classes (in […]