I'll guide you from a to z.
Discover what matters to you, brainstorm essay topics, and get inspired to write.
Get step-by-step guides to outlining and writing almost every required supplemental essay.
Demonstrate intellectual vitality.
Craft an activities list that shows impact.
Present a complete picture of who you are and what drives you.
Stay organized and manage essay drafts with a whole suite of resources.
This video course offers a values-based approach to producing not only a stand-out Common Application, activities list, and additional information section, but also the supplemental essays that most selective schools require.
It includes all the resources you need to tackle the application and includes Q&A sessions in which I answer the most common questions about both the college application and supplemental essay-writing process.
Module 1 - How to Create an Inspired Application in Half the Time
Module 2 - The Activities List, Additional Info, and "Why Us?'"Essay
Module 3 - The Extracurricular Essay
Module 4 - Specific Supplemental Essays
Module 5 - Short Answers + More Supplemental Essays
Module 6 - How to Make Sure an Application Is Doing Its Job
Bonus Modules - The Rest of the College Application
Detailed course syllabus below.
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You'll develop a big picture strategy, brainstorm essay ideas, analyze applications that worked, and get all the tools for creating a compelling application.
Read great example activities list descriptions and dozens of inspiring example essays that do an awesome job, plus a few awesome sample college applications.
Complete activities in the workbook to brainstorm topics and outline essays for the most commonly asked supplemental essay questions.
We'll cover the most common supplemental essay topics required by hundreds of colleges, including those quirky essay topics required by the most highly selective colleges.
ESSAY REVISIONS from prompt.com
Get direct and detailed feedback from amazing and trained college essay specialists with our suggested partner. (Optional: Additional Fees Required.)
Create an amazing application that you will be proud of.
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Here's what a few students have said
about this course:
At the start, to be completely honest, I had no idea what I wanted to write about. My ideas were scattered and I was writing about superficial topics to dodge the fact that I had no idea what I wanted to say. Your exercises really helped me actually realize what mattered to me, which in turn helped me get started on my essays because it was much easier to write about topics I actually cared about.
-Casey, Student 2016
Ethan was the finest mentor anyone could ask for. He guided me and, more importantly, encouraged me to write the best college essays that I could possibly manage. His way of working was unique: his exercises and insights helped me perfectly incorporate my ideas in the essays. Never in any of our sessions did I feel stressed; rather he always made the path crystal clear and made me realize my most efficient plan of action. He inspired me. And as a college applicant, that’s all you really need to write great essays. Would recommend Ethan 100%!
--Swastid, Student (2016)
The past week, was more of a journey than a tutorial for my personal statement. Before the course, I was looking outwards for inspiration. Ethan taught me to find inspiration within myself, but best of all, he provided me the tools to put it on paper.
This course has truly changed my life. I now feel that I am prepared to tackle my Questbridge essays, supplemental essays, and any other college essays to ensure that I've tried my best and hardest for my future. After all that this course has provided me with, saying thank you feels inadequate, but still – thank you so much, Ethan. You have truly changed my life and my perspective on writing a personal statement.”
– Amenna (2017)
You also had a simple way of explaining things, and had many resources in the PDF guide that I appreciated.
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Lesson 1: How to Create an Inspired Application and Supplemental Essays in Half the Time
Sample Application: How Doing a Thorough Job on the Brainstorming Activities Can Set Up a Great Application
A Relatively Quick and Totally Free Way to Figure Out Which Essay Topics Overlap
The Overlapping Game (or) How Doubling--or Tripling, or Quadrupling!--Essays for Multiple Prompts Can Yield a “Super Essay”
A Sample Super Essay
How to Write a Super Essay
Lesson 2: The Activities & Awards List, Additional Information Section, The "Why Us" Essay
5 Tips for the Activities & Awards List
The Difference Between an Amazing Activities and Awards List and a Really Good One
Activities You May Not Have Considered Including—But That Count!
“Stretching the Truth” on the Activities List: A Cautionary Tale
How to Up-Level the Activities and Awards List in Three Steps
What One Should (and Shouldn’t) Include in the Add’l Info Section
How an Add’l Info Section Can Make the Difference in the Application
The Complete Guide to the "Why us" Essay
3 Great "Why Us" Essays You've Never Read and Why They're Awesome
Lesson 3: The Extracurricular Essay
The Difference Between a Regular and a “Super” Extracurricular Essay
Eight Mistakes Students Make on Their Extracurricular Essays
A Three-Step Process to Avoid All Those Mistakes
How to Write an Amazing Narrative Extracurricular Essay
How to Write an Amazing Montage Extracurricular Essay
How to Apply These Approaches to Almost Any Supplemental Essay
How to Write a Great "Community" Essay
Three Great Sample “Community” Essays
Lesson 4: The supplemental Essays
How to Write the Stanford “Idea or experience that makes you excited about learning” Essay
How to Write the Stanford “Roommate” Essay
How to Write the Stanford “What's meaningful to you and why?” Essay
How to Write the "Create Your Own Class" Essay
Four Tips for the Quotation Essay
How to Write the "Diversity" Essay
How to Write the "Why X Major" Essay
Lesson 5: Short Answers & More Supplemental Essays
Six Techniques for Writing the 150-Word Extracurricular Essay
Three More 150-Word Extracurricular Essays I Love, and Why
The High-Flyer Method: How to Write a Next-Level 150-Word Extracurricular Essay If You Have a Perfect GPA, Test Scores, Ridiculous Extracurriculars and Have Nothing to Prove
How to Make the Short Answers Awesome
A Stanford-Worthy Set of Short Answers And What Makes Them So
A Creative Take on the “Where Have You Lived” Essay
How to Nail the The "Diversity" Essay
Coming August 2018: The U Chicago Extended Essay (as soon as prompts are released!)
Lesson 6: How to Make Sure Your Application Is Doing Its Job
Bonus Modules: The Rest of the Application
18 Tips for Creating a Great Video
How to Create a Great College List
How to Prepare for and Nail the College Interview
Demonstrated Interest: A Brief and Practical How-To Guide
How to Turn the Common App Activities List into an Awesome Resume
Q&A Sessions: me with real students
Get answers to a wide range of questions from the general to the specific, including:
Should I use all of the word count provided for supplemental essays? How much should I write if a supplemental doesn’t list the word count or length?
What if the advice I hear from people I ask for feedback conflicts? Or I disagree with them?
Will I put off my reader by including religious or political activities on my activities list?
How can I tell if an activity is worth putting on an application or not?
What happens if you lie in your application?
If I write about community in my personal statement, but the school I’m applying to already has a community supplement, should I write an entirely new personal statement?
And dozens more.
Plus, I give feedback on everything to Activities Lists to several in-progress "Why us" essays.
The COURSE Workbook Includes
Plus: 36 Sample Essays and 3 full sample applications
(3) Successful Sample Applications
(4) Great “Extracurricular” Essays
(2) Great Community Service Essays
(2) Great “Community” Essays
(2) Great “Intellectual Idea” Essays
(2) Great “Roommate” Essays
(2) Great “What Matters” Essays
(2) Great “Quotation” Essays
(2) Great “Create Your Own Class” Essays
(4) Great U of Chicago Extended Essays
(8) Great 150-Word Extracurricular Essays
(3) Great Sets of Short Answers
(3) Great “How I Spent My Summer” Examples
College Essay Guy’s Complete Guide to the “Why us” Essay (20 pages)
College Essay Guy’s Epic Activities Verbs List
A Dozen Brainstorming Activities, including:
My Favorite Supplemental Essay Brainstorming Exercises
Everything I Want Colleges to Know About Me
The Feelings and Needs Exercise
The Best Extracurricular Brainstorming Exercise
The Elon Musk Exercise
The “Why us” Research Chart
How to Develop a Preliminary College List
How to Organize All Your Essay Topics For Free
List of Potential “Super” Topics from Past Students
How to Write an Awesome Activities List
Activities You May Not Have Considered Including—But That Count!
How to Write the Additional Info Section
Meet Your Guide
Each year I help thousands of students and counselors around the world through my online courses, workshops, articles, blog posts and books. I also work privately with a small number of students each year.
I distill the best and most effective resources I have ever found. I’ll personally walk you from "I feel totally lost" to "I feel like I've submitted my the best application I can."
One year access to the college application course
30 Video Lessons
45 Page Workbook
Access for the entire application cycle for one price.
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Monthly Access to All 3 of My Student Courses
Includes access to:
Part 1: How to Write a Personal Statement
Part 2: How to Write the College Application + Supplements
Bonus Course: How to Answer the UC Application Prompts
Everything you need to complete your entire application.
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Module 1 - How to Find an Essay Topic
Module 2 - How to Structure the Four Types of Essays
Module 3 - How to Revise an Essay in 5 Steps
Module 4 - How to Make Sure the Essay is Doing Its Job
Module 5 - How to Bring an Essay to Life
Bonus Modules - Advanced Screenwriting Techniques
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