Essays That Worked (Class of 2020) | JHU

Shock and awe alone won’t sell your story. Essays that recap all the awesome stuff on your list of extracurricular activities don’t show the College how awesome you are. Essays that reveal a significant tragic life experience may make your application reader feel incredibly empathetic toward you, but that doesn’t necessarily tell that reader who you are.

10 Great College Application Essay Tips: Take Your Essay from Blah to Awesome
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In an attempt to bolster college applications, tens of thousands of students participate in community service projects of all kinds. . It becomes somewhat less awesome when students write about their community service projects without fully considering how their essays might be misconstrued.


It was all so cool that I couldn't stop writing about it.

I will be offering three, two-part essay workshops this summer in my hometown of Laguna Beach on how to write awesome college application essays.
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A heaping helping of awesome. Your purchase of College Essay Academy secures you a full year of streaming access to either the first six episodes of our series, or all ten episodes, depending on which package you choose. Each chapter comes with a supplementary worksheet in PDF form, highlighting the most important elements of the curriculum and/or providing helpful exercises that reinforce what you have learned. You will also receive five examples of original essays written exclusively for this series, one in response to each of the five Common Application essay prompts (also in PDF form). And, if you purchase our Master Class Plus package, you will receive instructions on how to set up your advising session with one of College Essay Advisors’ essay experts.