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How to Write a Great College Essay

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, From The Founder  |  Posted on September 11th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

Writing a great college essay is one of the most pivotal tasks students will complete in their senior year of High School. You’ve already passed your driver’s test and writing a fantastic college essay will help determine where you will be driving around for the next four years of your life! Our Founder and Chief […]

How to Write a Sports-Related Admissions Essay

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, From The Founder, Quick Tips, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on August 23rd, 2017  |  Written by Kat Stubing

So you want to write about sports in your college essay? The bad news: you’re one of many student athletes that feel sports have had a huge impact on their lives. The good news: we’re giving you insider tips on how to write a unique admissions essay about sports. Watch below!    

The Most Common Mistakes Students Make in Their College Essays

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Common Application, Essay Resources, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Quick Tips, Tips  |  Posted on August 10th, 2017  |  Written by Kat Stubing

The admissions essay is a crucial part of your college application because it is the only chance you have to communicate with admissions officers in your own voice. You need to take advantage of every word at your disposal and send the message that you’re the kind of student that colleges should want on their […]

How to Combat Writer’s Block and Finish Your College Essay

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Common Application, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Productivity, Quick Tips, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on August 10th, 2017  |  Written by Kat Stubing

So you’re two hours deep into your college essay and you just can’t seem to get anything good down on paper! We know what that feels like, we’ve all been there! Here are 4 tips on how to overcome the beast that is writer’s block.   Flip your topic on its head Maybe the way […]

Structure: How to Build a Boss Essay

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Common Application, Essay Resources, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Quick Tips, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on July 31st, 2017  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Your college admissions essay is a required writing assignment, yes, but try not to think of it as more work that will stress you out. YOU OWN THIS ESSAY. How can you be the boss of this assignment instead of letting it be the boss of you?  It’s easier than it seems. Just do these […]

Is Modesty a Mistake in the College Essay?

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Quick Tips, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on July 26th, 2017  |  Written by Kat Stubing

We grow up being told to be humble and stay grounded —  and then suddenly the college essay comes along and we’re supposed to toot our own horn like there’s no tomorrow? Don’t college admissions officers want to see that we’re down to earth and not about to release a Kim K-inspired selfie book? Yes […]

Yale Welcomes the Use of Technology in College Applications

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, College Spotlight, News, Standout Students  |  Posted on June 16th, 2017  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Are you the next Steven Spielberg? Quentin Tarantino? Ava DuVernay? Well, now is the time to work your cinematic magic, because Yale has opened its arms to digital uploads in place of a short essay! Since more and more of us spend time viewing content than reading it (summer reading list) in our daily lives, […]

2017-18 College Application Calendar for Juniors

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, International Students  |  Posted on January 12th, 2017  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

High school juniors…it’s your turn up at bat. 2017 will be the year you reach an extremely important milestone – applying to college, which of course means writing your college essay. AHHH! PANIC! Wait, no, don’t. Because if you’re reading this post, then you’re already WAY ahead! We here at CEA say that the most […]

What to do During the Last Three Months of College Application Season

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on September 29th, 2016  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

This is it. The final stretch. The final frontier. You’re just a few short months away from kissing your college applications goodbye forever. It’s exciting, isn’t it? Or maybe it’s stressful. Whatever you’re feeling right now, dear applicants, it’s important to remember that, while the end is nigh, it isn’t here yet. So, if you’ve […]

The Trick to Avoiding Supplemental Essay Burnout

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on September 22nd, 2016  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

It’s mid-September and the school year is fully underway. You’ve been working steadily on your college applications, powering through the personal statement and filling in your Common App and Coalition profiles. Things are going well, but you’re starting to feel this flickering sense of blah-ness. Or maybe you haven’t started yet, and you’re watching essays […]