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How to Get Off the College Waitlist

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Tips, Uncategorized, Writerly Nerds of Wisdom  |  Posted on March 29th, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Waiting is tough. We here at CEA stand by the microwave and watch the numbers count down as our frozen mac n’ cheese transforms from a big yellow block into gooey noodles (which is probably not good for our health — nor is eating frozen mac and cheese. Don’t tell our moms). Sometimes we take […]

Why You Should Start Your College Essay Junior Year

Topic: Admissions, advice, Essay Resources, Quick Tips, Starting Early, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on February 14th, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

It feels like it’s too early to start. Should you really take time out of your schedule to start writing your college essay? Yes! In a way. We agree that it’s a little early to begin the writing process in earnest, but you can never get enough of a head start on brainstorming how you […]

The 2018-19 Common App Essay Prompts are LIVE!

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, Common Application, Essay Resources, News, Uncategorized  |  Posted on February 5th, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Yes, you read that right! The Common Application has announced the essay prompts for the 2018-19 college admissions season just over six months before students will actually be able to start applying to colleges in early August. And the prompts are (drumroll, please)…exactly the same as last year’s! This is awesome news for students who […]

Two-Minute Cures For the Hopelessly Stressed

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Uncategorized  |  Posted on January 17th, 2018  |  Written by CEA HQ

We have always been skeptics when it comes to activities that require you to talk to yourself — or that prevent you from talking to anyone else. But science actually backs up the power of some of the following exercises. Though they may seem a little woo-woo at first, the truth is, when you’re desperate […]

The Origins of The Common Application

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, Common Application, Uncategorized  |  Posted on January 10th, 2018  |  Written by CEA HQ

A long time ago (back when applicants had to – GASP! – hand-write their applications) in a land far, far away (upstate New York), some fine academic institutions decided to take pity on the cramping hands of college applicants by creating a standardized form to help students streamline the application process. This great work of […]

The Most Common Causes of Writer’s Block

Topic: Admissions, advice, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on December 27th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

Writer’s block is a disease that affects many people. There are many symptoms and preventative measures to take, but today we’re here to talk about the most common causes of writer’s block. The torment afflicts many, so it’s important to know that you’re not alone.         There are a multitude of reasons […]

NYC Edition: Fast Facts about Columbia, NYU, and The New School

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, College Spotlight, Common Application, Essay Resources, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on December 21st, 2017  |  Written by Kat Stubing

So you want to go to school in the great city of New York, huh? We don’t blame you. CEA Headquarters is in Manhattan, and we have to say, we love it. So now you’re left deciding between the competitive schools located in NYC and we want to help. Not only did we make supplemental […]

Regular Decision Notification Dates for the Class of 2022

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on December 18th, 2017  |  Written by Kat Stubing

It’s hard to believe but the 2017-18 college admissions season is, for the most part, over. You poured your blood, sweat, and tears (okay, hopefully not blood) into your applications and now all you have to do now is wait. While some schools have rolling admissions, others deliver the news on a scheduled date. In […]

Early Decision, Early Action, and Early Decision II Notification Dates for the Class of 2022

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Events, Uncategorized  |  Posted on December 15th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

You’ve written your Common App personal statement, finished your supplemental essays, acquired recommendations from your favorite teachers, created a fantastic activity resume, sent out your applications, crossed your fingers (and toes!), and now all you have left to do is wait for the results. And waiting is the wooorst! Especially since acceptance rates are lower than […]

Don’t Make These Mistakes in Your College Essay

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Supplemental Essays, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on December 12th, 2017  |  Written by Kat Stubing

The admissions essay is a crucial part of your college application because it is the only chance you have to communicate with admissions officers in your own voice. You need to take advantage of every word at your disposal and send the message that you’re the kind of student that colleges should want on their […]

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