Alexis talks to the Essay Adviser and author Elly Swartz. Elly is an experienced writer and author of dozens of articles for both The Journal of Legal Ethics at Georgetown University and for Teen Life Media, and has over a decade of experience helping hundreds of students gain acceptance to America’s best colleges, grad schools, and independent secondary schools. Elly received her B.A. with honors from Boston University and J.D. with honors from Georgetown University. Elly’s company The Essay Adviser helps students with the school application process, particularly focusing on the application essay. From brainstorming to editing to hitting send, Elly Swartz offers a custom-designed, personalized approach that best ensures your son or daughter will get into a top-tier school. On today’s episode, Elly talks gives you key tips on how to start, write, and revise a fantastic college admissions essay.


8 Takeaways from this podcast are:

  1. You don’t need to write a grand story, but it’s the slivers of moments that are most impactful.
  2. Get ideas flowing by looking at old photo albums.
  3. Don’t worry about word limit when you write your first draft, just write.
  4. On college visits, snap pictures, and take notes so you can write a better and more specific supplemental essay.
  5. When revising your essay, read your essay out loud and make sure you answered the question correctly.
  6. Revise for spelling mistakes and make sure you don’t misspell the school name!
  7. Write what is important to you, not what you think the admissions officers want to read.
  8. Don’t wait to get started. Use the summer to start writing!



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