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How to Background an Anecdote (Includes 5 writing examples at the bottom!) If you've done your homework on how to write an effective college application essay, you probably know the place to start is with your real-life stories. The idea is...read more
Who Are You? Tips and Resources to Think About Yourself If you are working on your personal statement for The Common Application or other college applications, the first step is to start to think about yourself. Sounds easy enough. Who am I? What am I like? How did I...read more
Okay, so this is a bit of hyperbole on my part. All students have plenty to write about for their college application essays. However, from what I've seen working with college-bound students for the last decade, many of our most talented, driven and intelligent...read more
Find Your Problems and You Will Find Your Best Stories Every year, I write a post for all you students who are ready to start your college application essay. All you need is to find that one magic topic idea. There are many ways to brainstorm ideas for college...read more
What You Can Learn From Michael Brown's College Application Essay I must have watched the viral video of Michael Brown learning he got into Stanford at least three times in a row. Such a feat and well-deserved accomplishment for what seems like an all-around great...read more
Let Lynda Barry Help You Find and Tell Your Best Stories! Try One of Her Awesome Brainstorming Exercises If you're starting to brainstorm that perfect topic to craft your dreaded college application essay, I have a new writing technique you might find helpful. I'm big...read more
Learn How You Can Stand Up for Your Rights Join the Parkland Students and Rally Your Own High School! For the last decade, I've worked with hundreds of high school students every year on the notorious college application essay. Once these teenagers start thinking and...read more
Don't Despair over College Rejection Sometimes You Discover a Better Path It's the time of year when high school seniors are learning where they got accepted to colleges or universities. Yay! Good for you! Time to celebrate! Many are also opening those dejecting...read more
If you are just starting to write your four short UC essays (called Personal Insight Questions), here are ten simple tips that can help you crank them out. I've written longer posts on how to brainstorm and map out answers for each of these questions for the...read more