Get Started on Your Common App College Essay Prompts

Hello (soon-to-be) New Seniors in High School! Well, it’s June, you’ve made it past AP tests, and school is almost out for the summer.  You know what that means!  Time to start college essays!  (sweet)   We can make this less painful and more palatable with just a few short tips.  First let’s look at […]

College Essay Topic Ideas

For those of you starting (or perfecting!) your college essays, here are some areas that are great to focus on.  Pick ONE and tell one story that shows it.   Work ethic – Write about how your dedicated work ethic has served you well in a certain instance.   Judgment – Give an example of […]

How To Organize Your College Essays

As you gear up to get started writing all of your college essays, taking even 5 minutes to organize yourself first will save you TONS of time. After 20 years of organizing these essays with my students, here’s what I recommend that you do to survive, and to be able to generate the absolute best […]

How To Write The Best College Essay EVER!

After 20 years of teaching kids to tackle the beast of the college essay, here are my tips for how you can write a terrific one in no time. First, read the prompt.  Really.  Read it, so you know what you’re being asked to do, and then choose one prompt if the college (like the […]

Key Points in College Essays [VLOG]

Wondering about what the heck you should be writing about in your personal statement? In today’s Vlog Susanna explains the fundamental points that you should cover in your college essays and gives ideas for topics you could address.  

Should I Use A Creative Writing Piece For My Main Essay?

By: Susanna Cerasuolo, M.Ed.   Should your main essay for college be along the lines of a dialogue-filled short story, a cryptic poem, or a lengthy stream of consciousness?  In a word, no. While there are always exceptions, in general, admissions officers are reading college essays at light speed–speed reading, really–and creative writing is not […]

How To Write The "Why Our College" Essay

By: Susanna Cerasuolo, M.Ed.   You, Seniors, are busy writing college essays, and many of you are realizing that there is one beast in the mix that you have no choice but to face down: the perennial evil question, “Why are you applying to our school?”   Many colleges ask this application question, and rightly […]

College Essay Topics That (Almost) Everyone Has to Answer

If you’re applying to college this fall, odds are you’ll have to answer these five essay prompts.  By: Susanna Cerasuolo, M.Ed.   Main Essay   99% of students will need to write the main essay. The vast majority of schools have some form of the main essay on their application, and they often call it […]

Write Your College Essays In Summer [VLOG]

The Common App is live now and, Seniors, you can write most of your essays!  Start an application for each of your colleges and before you fill in the data, just get the prompts and paste them into your Essays organizer.  Start all of your rough drafts before school starts, and use our Essay organizer […]

The Best College Admissions Essays I Have Ever Read

By: Susanna Cerasuolo, M.Ed.   In 20 years of reading college essays and giving students advice on this monumental teenage rite of passage, I do have some standout favorite essays of all time.  These are essays that I would go back and read today.  But why?  What was it about these essays that made them […]