college application

How to Create Easy, Original College Application Essay Topics. Introducing: “Half-Ideas”

In my experience, the majority of problems students run into with their application essays are based upon picking a bad topic. By “bad” I generally mean the topic falls into two categories: 1) Done to death 2) Too weird for its own good The first one I can easily provide samples for: probably my most common one is running track. A lot of students run track and want to write… Read More »How to Create Easy, Original College Application Essay Topics. Introducing: “Half-Ideas”

I Think Modern “Elite” Essay Are Terrible and Here’s Why

Early in my career, I read a book someone shared on here about how to write college essays. The first half I thought was pretty good. It went over idea brainstorming, plot structure, and how to stand out with your story. But then I got to the second half in which the counselor author showcased his favorite works. These were the essays he best though exemplified the type of work… Read More »I Think Modern “Elite” Essay Are Terrible and Here’s Why

The One Key Difference Between My Students Who Did and Did Not Get Into T20 Schools

I had nine students apply to T20 schools this year. Four of them didn’t quite have the raw numbers or ECs to hang, so I’d like to talk about the five that did. Of those five, three got in and two didn’t.  Those two not getting in really bugged me. Those students were excellent and would have crushed any school in America. They’re both attending solid UCs so their lives… Read More »The One Key Difference Between My Students Who Did and Did Not Get Into T20 Schools