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2017-18 College Application Calendar for Juniors

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, International Students  |  Posted on January 12th, 2017  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

High school juniors…it’s your turn up at bat. 2017 will be the year you reach an extremely important milestone – applying to college, which of course means writing your college essay. AHHH! PANIC! Wait, no, don’t. Because if you’re reading this post, then you’re already WAY ahead! We here at CEA say that the most […]

Regular Decision 2016 College Essay Checkups

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, International Students, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on December 8th, 2016  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

Students, we hear the sniffle in your voices. We see the feverish looks on your faces. It’s the final month before the regular decision 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 making you itchy, […]

5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Write Your College Admissions Essay

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, International Students  |  Posted on December 1st, 2016  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

Procrastinators, you know who you are. You’re the ones who waited until December to start your college essays and spent 15 minutes frantically scouring the internet before you landed on this post. You have a month (maybe less) before the deadlines start to hit and you don’t know where to start. First, just take a […]

FREE College Essay Help for Early Decision Applicants

Topic: Common App Prompts/Topics, Essay Tips, International Students  |  Posted on October 6th, 2016  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

The most important events in life only happen once: turning 16, graduating high school, watching Lemonade for the first time, meeting the early decision application deadline… the list goes on. So we’ve decided to offer early decision applicants a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to score some free (free!!) expert help before the deadline strikes. On Monday, October […]

What the Olympics Will Teach You About Your College Essay

Topic: College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, International Students  |  Posted on August 9th, 2016  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

Right now you’re probably asking yourself: What could the Olympics and my Common Application essay possibly have to do with each other? Well, it’s actually pretty simple. Our founder, Stacey Brook, explores how Olympic athletes can serve as inspiration to students in this Huffington Post article. Read the Huffington Post article now! Check out our guide to this year’s […]

CEA’s Guide To The 2016-17 Common Application

Topic: College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, International Students, Most Popular  |  Posted on August 1st, 2016  |  Written by Stacey Brook

The 2016-17 Common Application is finally out! What changed and what stayed the same? How can you make the most of this college admissions tool? Our application essay experts have the answers and are here to help!

The Perfect Pace for Working on College Applications over the Summer

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, International Students, Most Popular  |  Posted on June 30th, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

Summertime has officially arrived. The “strawberry moon” solstice has passed and there’s some good energy in the air (if you believe in that sort of thing!). Two major soccer championships are underway and the Summer Olympics are right around the corner. Big things are happening, guys! As any good stargazer or athlete knows, timing is […]

Free College Essay Help All Day!

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, International Students, Most Popular  |  Posted on June 27th, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

The day has come! Time to kick off your summer right with some college essay writing goodness. Beat the heat by writing the coolest essay ever. You’ve got three amazing advising options, so pick one, two or all three! Tweet, post, comment all of your college essay-related questions at us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr! […]

Free College Essay Topic Help: June 28, 2016!

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, International Students, Most Popular  |  Posted on June 22nd, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

School is out. The sun is shining. The beach is beckoning. But you’ve got college essays to write. We know. If we were you, we’d want to prioritize bronzing over brainstorming, too. That’s why we’re giving away tons of free advice and goodies on Tuesday, June 28. Kick off your summer writing season with a […]

Bragging Writes Winner: A Real College Essay that Really Worked!

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, International Students  |  Posted on May 25th, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

We are thrilled to announce that Kelly Porter’s essay, “En Español, Por Favor,” is the First Place winner of CEA’s Bragging Writes college essay contest. Her thoughtful approach to the Common App’s fifth prompt, about the transition from childhood to adulthood, stood out from the pack. Kelly’s essay caught our attention from the first line, […]

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