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Tyler: A Success Story

Tyler came to me late in the admissions season. He had written an essay which no one – his family, his guidance counselor, even Tyler himself – liked very much. Tyler was a recruited baseball player who had loads of interest from D1 schools. He had the...

Alisha: A Success Story

This is another in a series of posts about some memorable applicants, their essays, and how we found them together. Alisha was a BA/BS-MD applicant from last year. Bright, funny, and very motivated to enter medicine, she was also quiet and introspective. Together, we...

Brianna: A Success Story

This is another in a series of posts about some memorable applicants, their essays, and how we found them together. Generally speaking, there are several topics applicants should avoid writing about in their personal statements. Politics for one. Religion is another....

2019-2020 Notre Dame Writing Supplement

The University of Notre Dame Writing Supplement consists of one (1) essay response to a required question and two (2) essay responses to questions you select from the options provided. In total, you will write three (3) essay responses. The recommended word count is...

2019-2020 Columbia University Writing Supplement

In addition to the primary components of the Common Application and Coalition Application, applicants are asked to respond to Columbia-specific questions to tell the Admissions Committee more about their academic, extracurricular and intellectual interests. We review...