Category Archives: College Essay

The 2017-2018 Common App Essay Prompts

The changes are small, but benefit your college applicant.  By Anne Vaccaro Brady The Common Application recently released its 2017-2018 essay prompts for high school students applying to college in the fall of 2017. As a college essay coach, I welcome the minor adjustments … Continue reading

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The 2016-2017 Coalition and Common App Essay Prompts

Both application platforms have released their five essay topic options. By Anne Vaccaro Brady You’re likely familiar with the Common Application (Common App), the online application used by more than 600 colleges. This year, the Coalition for Access, Affordability and … Continue reading

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Lessons from a College Essay Coach

Tips I’ve gathered from helping high school seniors with their admissions essays. By Anne Vaccaro Brady Working with college applicants on their admissions essays, I’m always amazed by the interesting stories they have to tell and appreciate the opportunity to help them … Continue reading

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The Best Way to Approach College Apps with your Kid

This week’s guest bloggers are my kids, Charlie, a college senior and T.K., who graduated college a year ago. Since I’ve written lots of posts on getting through the application process from the parent’s perspective, I thought it might help … Continue reading

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How to Help Your Child Tackle the College Essay

This in no way involves you writing it. By Anne Vaccaro Brady Between the research I do for this blog and my experience working with high school seniors to fine tune their college admissions essays, I’ve learned the keys to … Continue reading

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College Admissions News Roundup

Some info on the gap year, scholarship scams, picking an essay topic and more.  By Anne Vaccaro Brady The gap year Typically a year spent working, traveling or interning, and hopefully maturing, after high school graduation and instead of attending college in the … Continue reading

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The 411 on the College Essay

This week we have a guest post on “the essay” by my friend Stephanie Jones McCaine who gave me lots of great advice when my daughter was applying to college. Stephanie is the Director of Admissions at Purchase College, SUNY, … Continue reading

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