Essay Inspiration

The key to the essay is your authentic voice and interests.  While it may take time to craft your Personal Statement, the time you put into thinking, drafting, and polishing are well worth the remarkable result. I love essay work - from brainstorming with students to the final tweaks to make an essay sing.

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Your authentic voice is the key to unlocking a successful essay. You've probably heard that a few hundred times, but what does that really mean? Don’t write from 30,000 feet above ground hiding behind clichés and well-worn phrases. Make your essay personal in a way that no one else could have written it. Write about what is core to you. Be specific, be pithy, be inventive. Beware of the semi-colon unless you have a black-belt in grammar. Embrace time as a trusted friend and make sure you have built in plenty of hours to ponder, cogitate, draft and re-draft. Read your essay aloud. Does it sound like you or what you think someone wants to hear? Admissions committees want to hear your voice, your idiosyncrasies, your tone, your rhythm, your take on the world. Take this opportunity to speak loudly and directly. The best first step sometimes is to just start writing and find out what you have to say. Look for the full post and more tips in the soon-to-be-released college.u ebook.

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Incredible. That's the word we used around our house to explain the work Dane did with our son. He is a smart student however his English & Writing skills needed some finessing. Dane was able to lead & encourage him along with ideas for his college essays that reflected his personality, strengths and unique hobbies while keeping his "voice" throughout the process. Too often you hear of or read essays from students that definitely sound as if the writer isn't the student reflected in the application. Without her invaluable help we seriously doubt he would have survived the Essay part of the college application, and we as parents would have felt the pain.

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