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Apply Wisely: Not All About The Application Essays~Yale College to Admit More Students In Class Of 2021

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 07.19.2016 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

Part of being a successful applicant is choosing wisely where you'll apply. With our mania for applying to a dozen or even two dozen colleges, the idea of targeting your choices has lost out to strafing the landscape with applications.

Help! Myths and Mysteries: Q & A with Common Application Essay Tutor

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 07.12.2016 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

I recently had the pleasure of talking to a group of high school students in a summer writing program about college application essays.

Common App Essay Prompts-Help Getting Started

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 06.08.2016 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

There are more relaxing ways to spend summer vacation than worrying about Common App essays, personal statements, and the whole assortment of supplements coming up, but summer can also be a great time to actually do some of the essays -- and put them behind you.

College App News You Can Use: Essays, Applications, SATs

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 05.25.2016 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

This spring brings an abundance of big news into the relatively staid world of college applications and admissions for the upcoming season - for those applying to be part of the class of 2021. Students and parents will need to navigate quite a few new organizations, essays, and even tests.

College and Common Application Essays: A Coach Looks Forward and Back

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 04.08.2016 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

One frenzied application season is just over and another - take a deep breath - is about to begin. By March 31st, college applicants around the worl...

Advice on College Application Essay Writing

Kevin Liu | Posted 08.23.2016 | College
Kevin Liu

Because one essay will be a testament to your passions, strengths and character, it can be an important component of the application. Thus, it is worth spending some time to compose something that accurately represents you, and stands out against the backdrop of other applicants

Common App College Essay Prompts 2.0 - They're Here!

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 06.01.2015 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

This is big news in the college application world. It's not quite landing on the moon or Beyoncé having a baby, but the twitosphere is aflame this morning.

5 Pieces of Good News From a College Admissions Application Essay Counselor

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 08.30.2014 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

If you're not going to tackle any of the essays, make a chart of the schools you plan to apply to and the essay prompts required at each, with the number of words and the due dates.

How to Write College Admissions Essays: A Letter to High School Seniors

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 11.27.2013 | College
Kathleen Buckstaff

Unfortunately, family tensions often run high when it's college admissions' time. Phrases such as, "I don't need you. You're wrecking my life!" happen simultaneously as doors slam. I'd like to share with you my secrets on how to write a personal statement for college applications.

Confessions of a College Application Essay Coach

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 11.18.2013 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

The killer personal statement, now a hot commodity, may be the most popular literary genre on our virtual shelves, at least between July and November of every year.

5 Essential Rules for Writing Your College Essay

Joie Jager-Hyman | Posted 09.24.2013 | College
Joie Jager-Hyman

Here are five tips to help you get your creative juices flowing, discover good ideas, and put them onto paper for a piece of writing that genuinely stands out in a sea of clichés.

Writing College Essays: 7 Tips With An Emphasis on the 'Writing' Part

Courtland Thomas | Posted 10.06.2012 | College
Courtland Thomas

You want something that captures your emotions and bottles your thoughts into an Aladdin mantle lamp to hand to the admissions officer, and your writing is the strongest way to land in the heart of your reader.

How to Turn Your Story Into a Winning College Essay

Lindsay Pyfer | Posted 01.16.2012 | Education
Lindsay Pyfer

Imagine you've got a week until your college essay is due. You think it's impossible. You're worried it won't be good enough. Even worse, you're convi...