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Colleges on the Coalition Application in 2018-19

Topic: Admissions, Coalition Application, Uncategorized  |  Posted on July 3rd, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

School. Is. Out. For Summer. And now, dear seniors, the real work begins. Summer is the perfect time to firm up your list of target schools and get to know the platforms you will be using to submit your applications. If you’ve been wondering whether your dream schools are on the Common Application or the […]

How to Write a College Essay When You Have Learning Differences

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Tips, Topic Selection, Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 19th, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

You sit down to start writing your college admissions essay. Maybe you wonder whether you should write about your learning differences. Perhaps you have dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, APD, LPD, ASD, and/or ADHD. Whatever the case may be, we bet your learning differences have played a big role in your education, and maybe even your life […]

Early Decision, Early Action, and Early Decision II Deadline Organizer 2018-19

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Common Application, Essay Resources, Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 1st, 2018  |  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 […]

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 […]