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The Main Takeaways From the NYT ‘Modern Love’ College Essay Winners

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Writing, New York Times, Standout Students  |  Posted on June 2nd, 2017  |  Written by Sharon Cooper

“You can blame it all on Percocet.” This is the opening line of the winner of The New York Times “Modern Love” college contest. Out of 2,000 entries from college students from all across the country, there was one winner and four finalists; all of the essays were published in The New York Times. The […]

CEA at the New York Times: Supplemental Essay Writing Class

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on March 23rd, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new weekend course at the School of the New York Times, “Supplemental Essay Writing: A College Essay Toolkit.” Every year, college applicants across the country find themselves buried by an unexpected avalanche of supplemental essays. Most students only write one personal statement, but they must answer anywhere […]

The NY Times’ June Checklist: “Start Writing Your College Essay”

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on June 13th, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

The NY Times’ The Choice blog recently released its June College Checklist for Juniors, and can you guess what was on the list?  That’s right folks!  It’s officially essay time! The post suggests that June is the perfect time to begin the college essay, as the summer frees students from the added pressure of everyday […]

Let’s Talk About Cents: Is Writing A College Essay About Money Too Scandalous?

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on May 21st, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

Recently, New York Times columnist Ron Leiber asked students to submit college admissions essays related to “money, class, working and the economy,” and was rewarded with 66 entries to comb through alongside Harry Bauld, the author of On Writing The College Application Essay.  Together, the two men selected four essays they found both compelling and […]

Write Yourself Off The Wait List

Topic: College Admissions  |  Posted on May 14th, 2013  |  Written by CEA HQ

We here at CEA are motivated folks who work with may of the country’s most ambitious pre-collegiate minds, so we understand as well as anyone that students on a wait list for their dream school would want to proactively affect the outcome of a college’s final decision.  Last week the New York Times published an […]