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As a writing coach for college application essays, I receive many drafts from students (and their parents) who want to know if their essay is any good. More often than not, I have to tell them it's not. After doing this for over a decade now, I can usually tell...read more
Brand Yourself by Writing Focused College App Essays I avoided writing about how to brand yourself with these college application essays for years now. The thought of branding sounded crass and commercial. Truth is, applying to college is a giant sales job. And these...read more
Beware of the New Feel-Good Prompt for 2021-2022 I wish I could say I was grateful for the newest essay prompt added this year by the Common Application: 4. Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising...read more
A Great Essay Topic? Anything But the Coronavirus! When counseling students on finding great topics for their college application essays, I often direct them to explore problems they have faced in their lives. Problems provide the perfect springboard for writing a...read more
FREE Summer Essay Writing Webinars! First one: Wednesday, July 8! I know this is a hard time for many students and families. To do my small part to try to ease the financial strain due to the current pandemic, I will be offering FREE webinars this summer to help...read more
It's Not Too Late to Capture Your Unique COVID-19 Experience in a Journal I know most of your are busy with online schooling. If you find extra time on your hands, and want a great way to practice narrative writing to prepare for your college application essays, start...read more
Know the Main Point You Want to Make About Yourself In Your Essay! Or else... I don't know why I haven't written about this before. It's soooooo important to writing a college application essay that will give you that edge in landing your dream school...read more
***Looking for help starting your essays? Check out my affordable Jumpstart Webinars! Adding more for July. Only $30. FREE if you can't afford them. Have a College Admissions Essay You Love? Send It In! It been a little over five years since I published my...read more
***Need in-person help getting starting? Check out my Jumpstart Webinars. Only $30! FREE if you can't afford them. Two left this month! Tips on Turning Problems into Hot Topics So you have thought of a topic you want to write about in your college application essay....read more