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College Essay News and Tips: CEA’s Link Roundup

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CEA_book-readingOkay, you probably already know this, but the college application process isn’t all fun and games all the time, so in this edition of the ever-informative CEA Link Round Up, we’d like to shed some light on some of the heftier conversations people are having about higher education admissions.

The competition for college admissions has reached a fever pitch, and it’s only getting crazier. Whether acceptance rates drop deeper into the single-digits or colleges add video sections to their online applications, the application process has become a high-stakes obstacle course. Recently, though, the national conversation has shifted its focus away from 21st century admissions challenges and onto the long-lasting inequalities that make it easier for some students to reach the finish line, so we have selected three thought-provoking articles that address the issue of inequality from a variety of angles.

  • Earlier this week we shared a few college essays about money that Ron Lieber had hand selected to feature in the New York Times’ Your Money column. Here, he explains why the challenging topic is so fitting for the college essay.
  • While the NYT addresses money, the Chicago Tribune examines geography and how where you go to high school actually affects your admissions chances.
  • And finally, NPR tackles the big one, race, in this interview with Jip Jump, former president of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling (and winner of the CEA 2015 Amazing Name Award).

Yes, it’s important for us to examine the dynamics and causes of inequality in our lives (and maybe in our college essays), but it’s also important to find humor and inspiration in the world around us. Thank goodness it’s commencement season and that Robert Deniro and Maya Rudolph (and Beyonce) exist.

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