How To Write a Great College Essay


Today I am excited to share an online conversation that I recorded with Janine Robinson, a journalist, a consultant and the creator of EssayHell, which is a wonderful website for students who want to learn how to write a great college essay.

I invite you to watch the YouTube video during which Janine and I discuss tips on creating winning college essays.

I’d also urge you to spend time on EssayHell, looking through Janine’s extremely helpful, how-to blog posts that should help inspire your teenagers to get started on their college essays or improve the ones they have written.

Here are a few of her recent posts:

Essay Hell’s Top 10 Tips

Think Your Topic is Too Broad? It Probably Is

2 Sample Outlines for Why You? Supplements

 Tips for Completing the University of California Personal Statement Prompts

For students applying to any University of California campuses (applications are due on Nov. 30), I’d urge you to check the following posts regarding the two dreaded UC personal statement prompts:

UC College Application Essay Boot Camp

A Peek Into the Many Worlds of Prompt 1 of the UC College Essay

Sample College App Essays for Describe the World You Come  From

How to Nail Prompt No. 2 for UC Essays




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  1. Do you have suggestions for transfer students leaving one 4 year college to attend another 4 year college. These are definitely not Community College students, so their stories include “not liking their first choice”. They haven’t conquered Everest, or swam the English Channel while working on a Habitat for Humanity project. They are now in college, studying 24/7. Some like to transfer in their freshman year, while others transfer in their sophomore year.