College Admission Essays

Admissions Essay Coaching:

Admissions essay coaching includes all aspects of the college essay, such as brainstorming, creating an outline, and editing. This service can be offered in person or through Skype. I work with students at any part of the process–I can help them brainstorm a topic, create an outline, and edit the final draft, or I can solely provide final edits to an existing essay. However, I believe that the best result is achieved when I work with students on their essays from start to finish. I like to engage in dialogue with my students and ask them questions about their passions, values, and interests. The ideas for essays usually come from these conversations. I type up our entire conversation, and the content for essays is often pulled from these notes. I understand that many of my students are better at articulating their ideas than writing them, so this is a helpful method.

Essay Master List: The Essay Master List organizes your essay prompts for you. It presents the essay topics (including the word limits for each) and deadlines for every school in an organized way. Color-coding is used so that it is evident when the same essay can be used for multiple schools.

An example looks like this:

We believe that all members of our community should be committed to diversity and inclusion. How would you contribute to this at Villanova?
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Saint Augustine believed in the essential connection between the mind and the heart. Tell us about a time that your mind and heart were in conflict and how that was resolved.
“Each of us strengthens all of us” is a concept that resonates deeply in the Villanova community. While this phrase may mean many different things, one aspect is that Villanovans rely on each other. Share a situation when you have needed help and what you have taken away from this experience.
Boston College Choose one of the four prompts.

1. Great art evokes a sense of wonder. It nourishes the mind and spirit. Is there a particular song, poem, speech, or novel from which you have drawn insight or inspiration?
2. When you choose a college, you will join a new community of people who have different backgrounds, experiences, and stories. What is it about your background, your experiences, or your story, that will enrich Boston College’s community?
3. Boston College strives to provide an undergraduate learning experience emphasizing the liberal arts, quality teaching, personal formation, and engagement of critical issues. If you had the opportunity to create your own college course, what enduring question or contemporary problem would you address and why?
4. Jesuit education considers the liberal arts a pathway to intellectual growth and character formation. What beliefs and values inform your decisions and actions today, and how will Boston College assist you in becoming a person who thinks and acts for the common good?

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Emory University In addition to your Personal Statement, please choose two (2) of the short answer prompts below. Be thoughtful in your responses, but don’t stress about what the right answer might be. We just want to get to know you a bit better.

1. What is your favorite fiction or non-fiction work (film, book, TV show, album, poem, or play)? Why?
2. What motivates you to learn?
3. What do you want to bring from your community to the Emory University community?
4. In the age of social media, what does engaging with integrity look like for you?

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Admission Ignition also offers boot camps for the “Why Us” essay.