Get the Complete Guide
The College essay guy's
complete guide to writing the personal statement
Brainstorm essay ideas, analyze other essays that work, discover which essay type best fits you. Then outline, complete, and revise an essay that truly tells your story.
Try the guide. Do the exercises. Get some great ideas flowing. If you're not completely satisfied, just let me know and I'll send you a full refund up to 30 days after your purchase.
Unlimited access for one year.
HOW TO WRITE YOUR COLLEGE ESSAY
Hi. I'm Ethan Sawyer, the College Essay Guy, and I'm here to make counselors' lives easier, relieve parents' worry, and help students write amazing college essays.
How? I offer free resources, one-on-one essay sessions, online webinars, and in-person workshops.
AND DISCOVER YOURSELF ALONG THE WAY
I'm all about helping students demystify the essay-writing process. But more than anything I'm hoping that we can become friends and make some extraordinary discoveries while we're at it.
My goal is to spark genuine curiosity, to guide you to a place where you can find your deepest story and share your truth – everything you need to write an awesome, meaningful, and memorable personal statement.
“Ethan’s warm personal focus and positive attitude laid the foundation for a personally motivating and enriching journey. His creative resources, communication skills and unique ability to build an authentic rapport with his audience are among his many gifts. I felt like I was his only student! I came away from the experience with a new sense of confidence as both a counselor and essay mentor. He exceeded my expectations.”
“The webinar has not just taught me about writing personal statements. It taught me about who I am. From my life to my aspirations, this webinar series brought out details about me that I didn't even know about myself.”
DAISHI TANAKA, Class of 2018
“Working with you these past few days, I reflected on my life way more than I have in a lifetime. When you started drawing out what was in our hearts, I realized that you carry a type of aura that brings out new sides of people. You are the greatest teacher I have ever met and being taught by you was so amazing. I cannot thank you enough.”
Kevin Kim, Class of 2018
“ For the first time in my eight years of college counseling, I feel like I am beginning to get a handle on how to assist my students with the essay writing process. This has been a weakness of mine and I am extremely grateful to be given tools that I can both relate to and apply with my students. I will listen to Ethan present every time I am given the opportunity – he is that good!!!”
PRIVATE SCHOOL COUNSELOR
I've been helping students tell their stories for more than 10 years, and listening with unconditional positive regard is at the heart of my private coaching philosophy. I work privately with about 20 students each year.
WORKSHOPS & SPEAKING
I love speaking at schools and events and engaging with students, parents, and counselors in person. Get your crowd fired up about the college essay writing process with a 60-minute "Inspiration" talk, a week-long Common Application intensive, or whatever arrangement works best for your group.
FREE RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS & COUNSELORS
Whether you're looking for help getting started on your personal statement, advice on supplemental essays, or just need some inspiration, you'll find it here. Dozens of resources offered at no cost. Take a look around. I bet you'll find something useful.