Articles tagged with College Essays

How to Choose Your College Admissions Essay Topic

How to Choose Your College Admissions Essay Topic

The following piece was written by Rachel Korn. Rachel has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is a former University of Pennsylvania admissions officer, as well as the founder of her own admissions consulting firm.   By the fall of senior year, much of your academic and extracurricular record is complete, so one of the only remaining elements of your college applications that you can still control is your major essay. Above all, the goal of the essay is to provide personal information about you. Thus, you will need to deeply reflect about what additional things the admissions committee should learn. In gen ... Read More About How to Choose Your College Admissions Essay Topic

How to Write a Personal Statement for Medical School

How to Write a Personal Statement for Medical School

The following piece was written by Dr. Michelle Finkel. Michelle has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is a former Harvard Medical School faculty member. She is the founder of Insider Medical Admissions. At first glance, medical school admissions might seem a far cry from the subjects of reality television confessionals. The players are stalwart, steady characters who live restrained lives and channel their passions with extreme discipline. Yet the admissions game is arguably one where the drama is real, the intensity is palpable, and the stakes are high. There are winners and losers, with thin margins separating one grou ... Read More About How to Write a Personal Statement for Medical School

Ask an Admissions Expert: Stephanie Klein Wassink

Ask an Admissions Expert: Stephanie Klein Wassink

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Stephanie Klein Wassink is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. She also holds years of experience on the Kellogg School of Management admissions board and runs her own consulting business, Winning Applications. Stephanie’s expertise lies in many areas of admissions, but shared her insights on the undergraduate application process with us below.  VT: How far ahead of time should a student begin working on his or her college application? Stephanie: Regardless of where I ... Read More About Ask an Admissions Expert: Stephanie Klein Wassink

Ask an Admissions Expert: Whitney Bruce

Ask an Admissions Expert: Whitney Bruce

Whitney Bruce has been helping students succeed in the college admissions process for over 15 years. Her experience on the admissions boards for both Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Michigan have led her to develop a true expertise for this subject and prepare numerous students for the lengthy process. Whitney currently counsels students as a team member of Accepted, a premier admissions consulting service. VT: How far ahead of time should a student begin working on his or her college application?  Whitney: Students can begin working on their college applications during the summer prior to senior year ... Read More About Ask an Admissions Expert: Whitney Bruce

Tips for Writing an Essay

Tips for Writing an Essay

Throughout your many years of school, you will never avoid the essay assignment.  This will be thrown at you over and over and over – so many times that you’ll eventually look back and find yourself in disbelief that you’ve actually written that many essays.  Whether you’re analyzing literature for an English class, writing personal statements for college applications, or taking a stance on an issue for an ACT writing task, you are going to need the same set of fierce writing skills to compose a well-structured and logical essay.  Some people have a better knack for writing than others and those natural i ... Read More About Tips for Writing an Essay