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How to Ace The Standard Application Online (SAO)’s Student Essays Section

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on August 9th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Hello and welcome to CEA’s Standard Application Online (SAO) Essay Guide! Below you will find the instructions from the Standard Application Online (SAO), the essay prompts, and our breakdowns for each. We recommend giving yourself ample time to familiarize yourself with these prompts and brainstorm unique, authentic responses. These essays present you with the opportunity […]

How to: Write a Winning Diversity Statement for Law School (No Matter Your Background)

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on August 5th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Hello future lawyers, attorneys, and judges! As you begin the admissions process for law school, you’ll likely notice that most institutions give applicants the option to submit what’s known as a “diversity statement” along with their statement of purpose (also referred to as the personal essay) and other application materials. If you’re serious about your […]

AMCAS Application for Med School: How to Write a Strong “Personal Comments” Essay

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on July 28th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

If you’re submitting an application to a Medical School through AMCAS (The American Medical College Application Service), you’ve likely already put a considerable amount of time and thought into your decision to do so. The best way to reflect this high level of commitment is to write a memorable and succinct “Personal Comments” essay. AMCAS […]

How to Respond to The Standard Application Online (SAO)’s Optional Covid-19 Prompt for Parents

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on July 1st, 2021  |  Written by CEA HQ

  OPTIONAL QUESTION How have COVID-19 and remote learning impacted your child personally and/or academically? Please use this space to describe what you and your child have learned through your positive and/or negative experiences with this challenge. We have all experienced major disruptions in our routines and daily lives as a result of the coronavirus […]

The 2021-22 Xavier High School in CT Application Essay Guide

Topic: Admissions, Private School, Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 22nd, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

If you’re applying to Xavier High School in Middletown, CT, you’ve come to the right place. Below you will find the two prompts for the admissions essays required of applicants. You’ll notice that admissions is asking applicants to pen their responses in their own handwriting. So, let’s crack our knuckles and dive in! Directions: Please […]

How to Write Successful Md-PhD and Significant Research Experience Essays

Topic: Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 19th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

If you’re applying to an MD-PhD program(s) through the AMCAS application, you are required to provide admissions with the Personal Comments essay and two additional essays: the MD-PhD Essay and the Significant Research Experience Essay. MD-PhD Essay The MD-PhD Essay is a straightforward “Why essay” — in other words, admissions is hoping to learn why […]

Why We’re Remaining Virtual Post-Pandemic

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 15th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

As more people are getting vaccinated and covid-related hospitalizations are on a steady decline, the world is starting to open back up again. Students are in school, regulations are lifting, and people are emerging from their homes as they begin to reacclimate to society.   We are now navigating this new world together, one in […]

Horace Mann 2020-21 Application Essay Guide

Topic: Admissions, Private School, Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 7th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

If you are applying for admission to grades 6 through 11 at Horace Mann School, you’ve got your work cut out for you in the essay department. Luckily for you, you have College Essay Advisors on your side to help you select a prompt and draft a winning essay. Let’s dive right in! “The essay […]

Early Decision, Early Action, and Early Decision II Deadline Organizer 2021-22

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Common Application, Essay Resources, Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 1st, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Early Action and Early Decision deadlines will be here before you know it. If you have one school in mind that is your ride-or-die, you should definitely consider applying Early Decision to put yourself toward the front of the pack. Many schools tend to accept a higher percentage of both Early Decision and Early Action applicants than […]

Why So Many Applicants Were Waitlisted in 2021

Topic: Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 16th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

If you received notification that you were waitlisted from several of your top-choice schools, you are in good company. The 2020-21 admissions season was the most competitive we’ve seen in a while. In the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, applicants weren’t able to take campus tours; they did not have the privilege of visiting […]