College and Graduate School Admission Essays

Admissions essay coaching encompasses all aspects of the personal statement such as brainstorming, suggesting a structure, and editing drafts. This service is offered in person at the South Miami office or virtually through FaceTime, Google Hangouts, and Skype. It is preferred that students meet for a coaching session before they have started writing their essays so they can participate in Admission Ignition’s brainstorming process, in which students engage in conversation about their interests, experiences, cultural background, academic curiosities, and values. From this conversation, essay coaches help the student come up with a compelling personal narrative that focuses on the student’s unique qualities and what he or she would contribute to a university campus. Additionally, essay coaches will help the student strategize which content would be best for the main essay and supplemental essays to maximize the opportunity for universities to view the student holistically. Although starting with a brainstorming session is highly recommended, Admission Ignition will work with students at any part of the process and will provide edits to an existing draft if desired.

In addition to essay coaching, Admission Ignition provides organizational tools to help students through the application process. Below is an example of the Essay Master List, which organizes your essay prompts, word limits, and deadlines for you. It helps students keep all of their information in one place and fully understand the scope of their work. Students can use color-coding to emphasize when the same essay can be used for multiple schools. 

Villanova
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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Common App
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?

400 Common App
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?

150 Common App

Admission Ignition also offers boot camps for the “Why Us” essay, a supplemental essay required by multiple universities. In the boot camp, students will learn how to research specific details on the university’s website and write about how the university’s offerings are a fit for the student’s interests. The Why Us Bootcamp takes place on the first Sunday after the Miami-Dade County Public Schools begin.