Category Archives: College Application Essay Guidance

What do they say about the early bird?

A shameless plug today for my college admissions essay coaching! Early bird discount ends at 5 pm tomorrow, Friday, June 30. Before you take a break for the holiday, sign up at http://www.montaukwriter.com to take advantage of significant discounts. Back to … Continue reading

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Write Now!

The Meetup name caught my attention: Lancaster Writes Now!  A monthly gathering of writers at The Candy Factory,  a co-working space, located three minutes from my new home. On the day after I moved to town! I had to check … Continue reading

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Small objects, big stories

A small red silk bag caught my eye. I unsnapped it and found these pendants—ones I had acquired from age eighteen through my mid-forties. Continue reading

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Is this within your control?

I recently spent a week at one of my happy places—Rancho La Puerta, a wellness resort in Baja, California, Mexico. Early morning mountain hikes, healthy smoothies by the pool, challenging yoga practices, and talks on nurturing your emotional health. We … Continue reading

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Show the Real You

“Sheila” bounded into our first meeting with a wide smile across her face, but that smile soon disappeared when I asked her about her essay. She’d been trying to write it for weeks but had gotten nowhere. “I don’t know … Continue reading

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You can’t hide who you are

“Samantha” was one of my favorite clients last year. A hard worker with parents who had endured multiple layoffs, she wanted to write about what she had learned from her family’s experience. There was great material here—she had stepped up to … Continue reading

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The Bad Essay

In last week’s post, I discussed whether an essay can make or break an admissions decision. The answer: it depends. If you don’t have “the goods”—the grades and test scores—a good or even great essay will rarely push you from the … Continue reading

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