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The Key to Writing a Great Essay About a Grandparent

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions  |  Posted on October 8th, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

So you are settling into your desk chair and flexing your fingers, ready to dive headfirst into your essay and you just can’t shake the voice in your head telling you to write your essay about your grandparent. We get it, grandparents are awesome! They know so much about you! And you’ve gained so much […]

How to Start Your College Admissions Essay

Topic: Admissions, advice, Brainstorming, College Admissions, Essay Resources, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, News, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on September 10th, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

It’s a classic story of student-visits-campus, and it goes like this. First, student visits campus (duh). Then, student notices campus’ uncanny likeness to a wizarding school that shall-not-be-named. Student declares undying love for campus. Student decides to apply Early Decision because student is All In™. But then student realizes it’s only July. The deadline is […]

The Best Way to Proofread a College Essay

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Quick Tips, Tips  |  Posted on August 20th, 2018  |  Written by CEA HQ

If you have happened across this article, then congratulations! You’ve finished a draft of your college essay! Now is the time to make sure your essay is fit for submission. To initiate the proofreading process, put your detective hat on. It’s time to search the dark corners of your essay for mistakes. Errors are your […]

The 2018-19 Common Application is Live!!

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, Common Application, Events, General, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on August 1st, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Sound the alarms!! The Common Application is live for the 2018-19 college admissions season! The time for procrastination is over. (We know, it hurts.)  It’s time to get your affairs in order and begin your college applications — if you haven’t already. We have compiled some FAQs as related to the new Common App and […]

How To Approach The College Essay When Writing Isn’t Your Strong Suit

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Common Application, Essay Resources, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Quick Tips, Tips  |  Posted on June 28th, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

So you’re not about to declare a Creative Writing major and your dream has never been to win a Pulitzer prize. The words don’t come naturally to you and you have trouble transforming your ideas into eloquent sentences. You might find yourself working harder in English and relaxing in Math and Computer Programming classes (in […]

Your Guide to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About College Essays

There is a ton of information that High School juniors and seniors have to absorb as they begin their college admissions journey. Understandably, many students (and parents!) have a lot of questions. We are in the business of alleviating the stress and pressure long associated with the college application process, so we’ve decided to compile […]

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 […]

How to Use the College Essay to Your Advantage

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Inspiration, Nerds Of Wisdom, Quick Tips, Tips  |  Posted on January 31st, 2018  |  Written by CEA HQ

So, you are settling into your comfy desk chair and cracking your knuckles, ready to start writing. You take a drink of water, open Microsoft Word and stare at the blinking cursor. You suddenly realize: you have no idea what you’re supposed to be accomplishing with this essay. Don’t worry, we are here to save […]

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 […]

Schools with February Deadlines and Rolling Admissions

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Writing, Productivity, Quick Tips  |  Posted on January 5th, 2018  |  Written by CEA HQ

Are you staring at your screen wondering why you didn’t get your act together quicker and apply for college when all of your friends were? Are you wondering why you let your classes and clubs and bae get in the way of your future? You’re not alone, and more importantly, it’s not too late. Although […]