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Ep. 46 | The College Essay

How far along on the college essay should I be? Where should I start? How do I know when I’m done? Will my essay pass your final “test”?

Show Notes:

In today’s show, I walk through exactly how I coach “college essay-writing” to my private and online PrepWellers. If you are a rising senior, and are struggling with starting (or finishing) your college essay, give this episode a listen.

If you’re younger and want to get a head start of the art of essay-writing (smart idea), tune-in and get an early read. If you are a parent, trying to figure out how to guide your child through this process, I suggest you settle-in and take notes.   

Here is what I discuss in this episode:
0:03:03 What is the college essay (or personal statement)?
0:03:42 When is the essay due?
0:04:22 When should I start my college essay?
0:05:20 What are supplemental essays?
0:06:00 Why it’s so important to wrap up your essay?
0:07:54 Procrastination 101
0:08:47 What to do if I haven’t started yet? 
0:09:34 Where do I begin?
0:10:35 Should I start with the prompts
0:11:15 How to come up with ideas
0:11:44 How do I become reflective?
0:13:00 How to build ideas into an essay?
0:13:20 What is an essence object?
0:14:50 Sample essay of PrepWeller
0:17:08 Sample "essence objects" used by PrepWellers
0:17:55 How to structure your essay?
0:18:20 Narrative versus Montage structures
0:19:05 Essay checklist (1 - 16)
0:23:00 What about outside opinions?

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Podcast Host: PrepWell Academy's Founder, Phil Black, has spent a lifetime cracking the code on the world's most competitive programs: Yale University, Harvard Business School, Navy SEALs, Goldman Sachs, Entrepreneurship, Shark Tank (2X), etc.

Inside PrepWell Academy, Black teaches students everything they need to know about the college admissions process in a series of expertly-timed, 3-5-minute, weekly training videos starting in 9th grade and continuing through 12th grade [Note: this program can only be joined in 9th or 10th grade]. My specialties include military service academies, ROTC scholarships, Ivy League, and student-athletes.

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