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The Full Story


Whether you're working with a tutor or alone, the most challenging part of the college essay is getting started! After working with countless students and watching them struggle with this crucial step, I decided to do something about it. 

The biggest myth about the college essay is that you must write about an experience so unique that it will set your application apart; this is simply not true or realistic! The essay is your opportunity to come off the page, to show admissions officers that you are more than your transcript and resume; to be human!

As a senior English teacher and personal essay coach for over 20 years, I've discovered that while teenagers may occasionally surprise me, their stories frequently share common themes, regardless of where they grew up. While each student, and therefore essay, is unique, they often share common themes. Curious, I reviewed the hundreds of college essays I have read over the last few years. From that, I determined that all represent about 100 story categories typical for your average teenager!


I then cataloged my advice by story and topic, using the Common App Essay questions as guidelines, and Voila! 124 recipe cards for writing a killer common app essay.



To make the college admissions process more equitable and less stressful for ALL!


All students, despite their background, geographic location, or economic circumstance are able to enjoy the cathartic process of crafting their personal statements instead of agonizing over them

OR resorting to using AI!

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