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On episode 138, Alexis Avila talksto Ethan Sawyer, a nationally recognized college essay expert and sought-after speaker. Each year Ethan, the college essay guy helps thousands of students and counselors through his online courses, workshops, articles, products, and books, and works privately with a small number of students.

Our Guest:

Raised in Spain, Ecuador, and Colombia, Ethan has studied at seventeen different schools and has worked as a teacher, curriculum writer, voice actor particularly for video games, motivational speaker, community organizer, and truck driver.

A graduate of Northwestern University, Ethan holds an MFA from UC Irvine and two counseling certificates. He lives in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife, Veronica, and their amazing daughter, Zola. On Today’s episode, Ethan gives us tips on how to write more compelling answers to college application personal insight questions.

For another related conversation, check out podcast Episode #130 NivedRavikumar, The College Statement Guru Gives His Best Essay Tips

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Ethan’s college essay tips:

  • Don’t write a boring, general essay.
  • Do write an essay that showcases your unique skill and demonstrate how that skill has changed you.

What do college admissions officers really look for?

  1. That you can write
  2. That you can tell them something that is missing on the rest of the application

Ethan’s words of wisdom for teens: Focus on what you have to offer.

Don’t sleep on supplemental essays. They ARE important.

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