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You've chosen your essay topics, drafted an outline, and begun working on what you hope will become a masterpiece of a college essay. Now all you need to do is make sure that the ideas jumbled in your head translate into clear, cohesive, and brilliant writing once the pen hits the paper (or your fingers tap the keyboard).

These resources will provide you with professional writing and editing tips that will help you polish your pearls of wisdom into exquisite, compelling prose. You'll convince any college adcom member that you've got great ideas AND that you know how to express them!

College Essay Writing


  1. 5 Fatal Flaws, a free guide
  2. 7 Signs an Experience Belongs in Your Application Essay, a video
  3. Focus on Fit, a podcast episode
  4. Stand Out! A Critical Goal for Your Application, a podcast episode
  5. Do's and Don'ts
  6. What is an Accomplishment?
  7. Generic-itis Prevention [Warning: If Untreated, Can Cause Rejection]
  8. How to Get Started on Your Personal Statement with One Easy Technique
  9. Three Tips to Jump Start Your Personal Statement
  10. The Miraculous 15-Minute ROUGH, ROUGH Draft
  11. First Drafts of Personal Statements: Let Yourself Go
  12. What 3 Essential Ingredients Must You Include in Your Statement of Purpose?
  13. The Art of an Opening Line
  14. How to Wow College Application Readers: Beyond Tests Scores and GPA
  15. 6 Tips for Getting Started on Your Application Essays
  16. 5 Elements to Telling an Attention-Grabbing Story
  17. 4 More Elements to Telling an Attention-Grabbing Story
  18. Writing a Lead that Pops
  19. Why Use an Admissions Consultant?
  20. Writing Techniques From a Pro
  21. 10 Tips for Better Essay Writing
  22. Personal Statement Tip: Less is More
  23. Application Essay Tip: The Devil is in the Details
  24. 4 Tips for Writing about Last Minute Extracurricular Activities
  25. How to Give Your Application as Much Weight as Possible
  26. The Importance of Obstacles in Your Application Essays
  27. Resourceful Essay Recycling
  28. Where’s the Poetry? The Secret Ingredient in Your Graduate Application Essays
  29. 4 Application Strategy Tips: Stand Out AND Fit In
  30. 3 Tips for Showing Strengths in Your Application Essays
  31. 5 Ways to Optimize Your Online Presence Before Submitting Applications
  32. “I’m Smart, Really I Am!” How to Prove Character Traits in Essays
  33. Add Detail to Your Social Enterprise/Community Service Goals
  34. 4 Ways to Show How You’ll Contribute in the Future
  35. What Should I Write About? Making a Difference
  36. Bring Your Personal Statement to Life With Vivid, Active Verbs
  37. Athletic Appeal in Admissions
  38. 5-Step Checklist Before Submitting Your Applications
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