Sunday, April 3, 2016

College App Essays & Acceptances, Wait Lists & Malia Obama

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The drama is over: this past week marked the end of the Season of Applying, Worrying and Waiting for those eager to become class of 2020. For some, it's the Season of Waiting Lists. If you are on one and need advice for how to move up the list, shoot me an email: 

Major media report that First Daughter Malia Obama is busy choosing between NYU and Barnard. Who knows whether that's right, but she has two terrific choices. The rest of the applicants' choices will not, likely, end up on the nightly news, but they are just as important. 

I'm lucky enough to have a ringside seat to this complicated, nerve-wracking process, and to work with students around the world (thank you Skype, Facetime, and Google Docs for making it possible) on their essays and applications. It's an immense privilege to meet so many bright, ambitious students, with such clear ideas of what they want to do in this world - and what they've already done. It's just as interesting to work with those who don't know what direction they want to go in - but who are full of curiosity and wonder about the world. 

As a university creative writing professor for many decades, I've had the experience of getting to know wonderful students over the years. Working with college applicants is similar to this - and also different. The work we do is concentrated, practical, and highly goal-oriented. One of my goals is to help give students as many choices as possible. Yes, there are "dream schools," but there are plenty more colleges and universities than many of us know about, or can imagine, and it's always great to help students find these too.

Congratulations to all. This year, my clients have gotten acceptances to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Wellesley, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Harvey Mudd, NYU, Northwestern, Tufts, BU, USC, UCBerkeley, UCSB, University of Illinois, CUNY, St. John's (both Queens & Santa Fe), London School of Economics, University of Edinburgh, and many other fine schools. 

For more about what I do, please visit: Don't Sweat The Essay. Shoot me an email or call. 1-855-99-ESSAY.

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