College Essay Q&A Reply

The other day, I hosted a live Q&A chat at EssayEdge, one of our sister sites here at Peterson’s. The focus was on college application essays but we also delved into some other issues related to college admissions in general. Even though if you’re reading this, you almost certainly missed the live event, you can still read the transcript of that chat and hopefully get some value out of it. Here are a few examples of questions that were asked and answered:

  • How do I start writing my essay? What should I think about when preparing?
  • How do you differentiate your essay from other essays?
  • I was wondering if you had any advice for international students applying to more selective American colleges?
  • How personal should a college essay be?
  • Are there any common mistakes that students often make in college essays?
  • Is an essay to an Ivy League school different to essays to public colleges?
  • How important is humor in an essay?
  • How many people should I allow to read my essay before submitting it?
  • What does an essay usually tell a college about ourselves? do they just look at the writing style or do they focus more on activities and clubs that we participate in?

If you’d like to see how I answered these and many more questions, check out the transcript at:

In addition, we’ll be hosting another live college chat in roughly a month. You can register for that event here:

Date: Thursday November 14
Time: 7PM ET

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