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How to Optimize College Essay Brainstorming Sessions

Topic: Admissions, advice, Brainstorming, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Productivity, Quick Tips, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on July 18th, 2017  |  Written by Becca Myers

A ton of behind-the-scenes work goes into crafting a great college admissions essay, and it all begins with the brainstorm. While brainstorming was originally coined in the late 1800’s to signify “a severe mental disturbance,” today it refers to the low-pressure, rapid-fire process of generating ideas without self-censure. Here are four tips to get your creative […]

Ask Yourself These 4 Questions Before Volunteering Abroad

Topic: advice, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on July 11th, 2017  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Many high school students engage in community service abroad, whether it be on mission trips with churches, schools, clubs, or family. Not all students, however, sit down to seriously ponder what the experience means to them and what they hope to both give to and get out of it. Volunteering in a foreign country can […]

Dialogue: The Dos and Don’ts of Quotes in Your College Essay

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Quick Tips, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on July 5th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

“Hey,” I began, “you have cow eyes. I know that sounds like a bad thing but have you ever looked into a cow’s eyes? They are so deep and brown and beautiful. I’ve looked into a lot a cow eyes because I’m from Wisconsin.” This dialogue segment is from Malcolm Conner’s winning “Modern Love” College […]

How to Dress Your Resume for Success: CEA’s Founder Gives Tips for Landing The Job

Topic: advice, From The Founder, Resume Help, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 29th, 2017  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Besides being a pasta fanatic and college essay expert, our Founder and Chief Advisor, Stacey Brook, knows a thing or two about reaching academic and professional goals. Sure, each year she helps hundreds of students get into their dream schools by arming them with the tools required to craft the perfect college essay, but she […]

Guide to The NY Times’ Five Best College Essays on Work, Money and Class

Topic: advice, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, New York Times, Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 22nd, 2017  |  Written by Nina Bailey

Every year, The New York Times issues an open call for college application essays on the subject of money, work, and class. Money becomes a lens through which identity, family, and dreams, can be glimpsed. Out of the many submissions they received this year, The Times published the five best essays (four were published in […]

Nicki Minaj is Helping Fans Stay in School one Tweet at a Time

Topic: News, Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 15th, 2017  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Nicki Minaj brought music to her fan’s ears this weekend, but not necessarily in the way they expected. The world-renowned artist is known for encouraging her fans to get an education, whether that be in interviews or on stage. She even told Ellen’s beloved Sophia Grace and Rosie, a.k.a. the “I love pink!” girls to […]

Five Foolproof Tips for Conquering the Common Application Essay

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Common Application, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Quick Tips, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 12th, 2017  |  Written by Nina Bailey

  The first time I successfully did a handstand in yoga class, it was unexpected and almost effortless. My legs kicked up, and then, as if being lifted by string, I was supporting my body with my arms. When we talk about strategies for tackling the college essay, I like to tell the story of […]

Beyoncé Offers College Scholarships for Women, Continues to Slay

Topic: College Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 27th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

In a boss move from one of the world’s most empowering females, Beyoncé recently announced that she will be launching a program called Formation Scholars to provide scholarships for young women “who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident. ” The scholarships will be awarded to one student at each […]

The Common Application’s 2017-18 Essay Prompts: What You Need To Know

Topic: College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, Essay Tips, Most Popular, Uncategorized  |  Posted on February 7th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

Class of 2022 – it’s about that time. The first milestone in your college application journey has officially arrived. Today the Common Application released their 2017-18 essay prompts. This reveal comes with a heaping helping of good news, most of which relates to the fact that the prompts have not changed all that much from last […]

The Activity Essay

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Common Application, Essay Resources, Essay Writing, Uncategorized  |  Posted on December 10th, 2016  |  Written by CEA HQ

At one time, not so long ago, the Common App asked all applicants for a brief description of their most important extracurricular experiences. When that requirement became optional in 2013, many individual colleges took it upon themselves to issue a similar prompt as a replacement. The activity essay is an excellent opportunity to expand beyond […]