HOW TO Edit Your College Essay FAST!!!

So many times I hear students say “I’m just not a good writer!” and to that I respond with everyone has something to say and the trick is to learn how to develop the skill. Today’s video I share 3 NINJA tricks to help anyone become a better writer TODAY.

These hacks will add pop. dimension, imagery and flow to your college essay and to any other text you write.

Write on!!!

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How To Edit Your College Essay FAST!!! (3 HACKS TO BETTER WRITING NOW!!!)// Effective College essay editing is an art and a science. Students should consider a college essay editing service that helps them sound like the best version of themselves and not like anyone else. As an admission essay editing service, Write Your Acceptance identifies the moments in the college essay common app and coalition app essay where the student’s voice is clear and image driven and develop those moments throughout. WAY is the best college essay editing service that focuses on what the students ultimately want, to apply to college with the best college essay possible. Dr. Josie is a college essay editor online who has over 10 years of experience with not only college essay proofreading, but also college essay brainstorming. Be careful with sharing your essay to too many people – friends, teachers, family, counselors, even editors – pick someone who has the expertise. Too many opinions can end up making a college essay worse. This video will share tips I use with my students to empower them to improve all narrative moments. As a college essay tutor, I am most happy when the admission essay editing process is a time when students improve not only their coalition app essay but also their writing. College admissions essay editors are not all created equal. Make sure you pick someone who knows how to help you shine through the college application essay editing process and hands down the best admission essay editing service is Write Your Acceptance. Whether you’re still brainstorming the common app essay topics or have a full draft and you’re already knee deep in application essay editing, contact Dr. Josie and lets’ get started with the college application essay editing services that are right for you. With WYA’s application essay editing, you’ll started writing your acceptance in no time!

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Why NYU Essay (TRICKS TO STAND OUT!)

I can't tell you how popular NYU is for students looking for big city campus. Whether it's the mega brand power, the internationally acclaimed programs and the, well, it's in NYC detail, NYU draws a crowd!

I absolutely LOVED my time there for graduate school and now want to help you maximize your chances. 

Today's video breaks down how to write a stellar WHY NYU essay!!!





The University of Michigan WHY US Essay// Tricks to Get You Noticed

Happy first week of school! We are rolling along with college app essays. So many students are moving on from completing the main essay to now supplements which brings me to today's video!! 

In today's video I share how you to write the University of Michigan WHY US supplement.

AND - I share with you my screen so you see exactly what research you should focus on.
 
BUT - maybe you're not applying to Michigan, can this video still be for you??? YES!!! If you have a WHY US essay for any school, you'll learn what to research. 

AND BONUS - how to organize the info.

Students in my online workshops get a WHY US template and academic phrase bank to make these essays sooooo much easier. You basically plug in your research and DONE!


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Writing About Death and Loss in Your College Essay

This weekend I conducted a small group workshop and one of the students was a bit reserved, shy...totally paying attention but not vocal like the other students. And, if you know me in an essay workshop whether online or in person, I need to know you're with me. So I took her outside while the others were on an identity scavenger hunt and we chatted about where she was in the process.

Issue was - she wanted to write about something super delicate, extremely personal and she wasn't sure it was the right call since she couldn't even share it in our small group.

Today's video I address how to write about the death of a loved one or another delicate topic and make it work for college admissions. Hope this helps! Happy writing!

WRITING ABOUT DEATH IN COLLEGE ESSAY (AND MAKE IT WORK) // Have you heard to stay away from the 3 D’s when writing your college essay? Avoid the college essay cliches and don't write about Death, Divorce, Drugs. Writing your college essay about death of a father or your college essay about losing a loved one more broadly can be incredibly honest and powerful but your college essay format and outline should be one of strategy detailing growth. Therefore, for every rule, there’s an exception. Stand out with an emotional, unique personal statement and still honor your story and journey. If you have life experience that touches on death and grief, you can make it work for you and remain authentic and craft a college essay for your Common App that stands out. This video will show you how to showcase your strengths so that your college application essay is unique. With over 10 years of experience, this college essay tutor knows that it's all about how you edit your essay. These college essay tips will improve your personal statement which can be the difference between accepted or not. Remember, your personal statement for college is your direct line of communication to the admissions office.

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Brainstorming the College Application Essay

Brainstorming the College Application Essay, What to Avoid and How to Stand Out

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For the last 10 years, the time I have been working with students on their personal statements, I have witnessed a clear move towards creative nonfiction. That is what the college application essay has become – a piece of experience snazzy enough to entertain, yet savvy enough to share lessons learned. If such a high bar is accomplished your main college essay is your direct line to the Admission Officers – as if you were in the room, selling your candidacy in a non-preachy but oh-so-convincing-manner.

The best essays are the most honest, descriptive and nuanced texts. Therefore, I advise 3 things all students should keep in mind when first approaching their essay.

  • Know the reader but then forget the reader: Your best bet is to write honestly, always showcasing your best self. Forget what you think the admission officers WANT to hear because that will be a trap to remain safe, unimaginative and like you’re selling out a little bit.

  • Check in with yourself: what’s your story in images? Here comes the brainstorming part - decide which formative experience, anecdote about your life, ritual or tradition you could describe with sensory driven language…basically I want to hear, smell, taste, feel and then see. The 1-2 anecdotes you pick should have a lot happening outside of your head. Can you capture snippets of conversation? Fun, colorful personalities in your life?

  • Avoid clichés: If you can google the phrase, it shouldn’t be in your paper. It’s not about winning or losing, Be the change you want see in the world, I’ve always wanted to study Engineering. Okay, the last one is not technically a cliche; however, what all of these phrases have in common is that they are so pervasive in personal statements you are relinquishing your power of making meaning to the reader. What I mean is – that these phrases are so commonplace that they mean something to everyone. So, admission officers can read into them their own values and principles and not yours.

For a guide to writing your own FIRE personal statement, check out my FREE, YES FREE template. Sign up for my mailing list and you will automatically receive the PDF.

 

FREE, FREE, FREE – I will continue with a bounty of awesomeness with a CollegeWeek Live  chat for students and parents interested in learning more about the admissions process. Log on, ask questions or ghost and silently soak up some knowledge. Either way, I will be giving real time advice and you can all ask questions as we go along.

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Freedom To... Freedom From

As students chew on their cuticles waiting for acceptance or rejection letters and as their Junior peers wait in the wings knowing it will soon be their turn, I urge both sets to consider this momentous milestone as both grand but also less critical than social pressure dictates. Applying to college, getting accepted to your ‘dream’ college and finally deciding on the right college with sound mind and heart is a draining process with tons of noise which could, if not careful, drown out your inner voice. Make sure you are actively participating in all steps of the process.

Our crossroads season, April – July, reminds me of the contrasting personal liberties ideology, I believe coined by Immanuel Kant, but don’t quote me. Recently I came across the phrase twice. In a more cynical deployment in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and then in an inspiring podcast, Shane Parrish’s The Knowledge Project, “Naval Ravikant on Reading, Happiness, Systems of Decision Making, Habits, Radical Honesty”. It’s a two hour listen which I did in three sittings but completely worth it. (Ravikant is CEO and co-founder of Angel’s List and simply put an individual who seems to have the life balance thing down.)

Back to Freedom To…Freedom From – students, as you make your choices, think about what you want to do with your newfound freedom, who you want to be in college, how you want to grow and evolve, and then what you want freedom from…to not do, to get away from, to change…knowing both sets can have positive and negative consequences. Happy Waiting!   

 

Welcome!

Welcome students and parents to Musings, the blog and to Write Your Acceptance!

My name is Josie Urbistondo. You can read more about my bio and experience on the Meet Josie tab, but I wanted to say thank you for visiting and allowing me to be part of your college application journey. It can be a daunting and overwhelming process, but getting organized can de-stress your life and transform your experience into an exciting process of self-reflection, inspiration and growth.  I look forward to sharing a few tips and techniques...and perhaps even working together. Any questions, I am here.