The College Admissions Blog's Top Posts

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1. Essay Workshop in a Box A step-by-step guide to efficiently writing a compelling personal statement. Includes brainstorming exercises, structures to choose from, and tips for revising your college essay.
2. Five College Essay Questions Counselors Should Be Able to Help Their Students Answer A veritable buffet of college essay resources--over 140 in one session!
3. 1-Hr Guide to UC Personal Insight Questions A step-by-step guide to efficiently answering the UC Personal Insight Questions. Includes brainstorming exercises, structures to choose from, and tips for revising your UC essays (aka personal insight questions).
4. Free College Application Tools That Students (and Counselors!) Should Know About) Over two dozen resources covering everything from how to find a major to how to help students find their strengths
5. 12 College Essay Brainstorming Exercises and How to Use Them (Videos) Having trouble finding a topic with your student? Worry no more. Check out these 12 brainstorming exercises with videos showing how to go through them and interact with your student.
6. The Essence Objects Exercise Learn how to breathe more life into your college essays by brainstorming details with this exercise.
7. The Values Exercise Take your college essay to the next level by using this exercise to brainstorm personal values to emphasize in your college essay.
8. How to Write Your Common App Activities List Get the most out of the limited word count of the Activities List by following my guide for translating the hundreds of hours you've spent on projects and activities into your Common App.
9. A Brief Guide to Using the Common App “Additional Information” Section Take advantage of the most ethereal section of the Common App: learn what the Additional Info section should and shouldn't be used for.
10. Demonstrated Interest: A Brief and Practical How-To Guide Help your students navigate the wild and wonderful world of demonstrated interest.
11. My Pay-What-You-Can Online Courses for Counselors Access is one of my core values, so I offer comprehensive instructional video courses for answering tons of essay topics at whatever price students and counselors can afford. (Yes, really!)
12. Feedback on UC Personal Insight Questions Watch me review real students' UC personal insight questions.
13. The College Essay Guy Podcast Bringing more easy, purpose and (hopefully) joy to the college admissions process by interviewing some of the best in our field.

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