What I found were that there were recognizable thought patterns and strategies of the applicants who were getting acceptance letters from their #1 choice schools.
When I taught these strategies, what I discovered shocked me.
To make a long story short, my students made rapid progress by applying simple mind-hacks and strategies, and I took the things I learned from them, tested and refined the ideas and put them together into a system.
Students using my method have gotten accepted into their top choice schools including ivy leagues and exclusive honors programs.
Writing a stellar college essay isn't a guarantee that a student will be accepted.
But, I'll tell you one thing: it does make a difference. In fact, according to the National Association forCollege Admission Counseling, 61% of universities rated application essays as "of considerable" or "of moderate" importance to their decision-making process.
We're in a time when many top universities have a low acceptance rate and applicants have exceptional credentials, so standing out from the crowd can be the difference between getting accepted and being rejected.
I have now come to believe something that I think is important to share.
College essays are the last piece of the college admissions puzzle, and it's not worth second-guessing an application over a completely controllable component.
This is a time for your teen to tell admissions her story, so have her learn to tell it well.
Can't My Teen Just Do This On Her Own?
Why Should I Believe That You Can Help My Teen?
As you already know, there is quite a lot of information online about college admission essay writing. Along with that, there's a lot of misinformation, overgeneralizations, and well-meaning, yet awful advice.
Fortunately for you, I've spent 5 years sorting through that mess to discover what works for students and what doesn't. I spent years from a teacher's perspective and as part of a college guidance team to get the full-view of what works. My researched methodology was recently published on GotoCollegeFairs.com, a site that registers over 700,000 students a year for college fairs.
I've created a system that works so your teen doesn't have to waste all that extra time and energy figuring it out on her own.
What Can I Expect?
Should an applicant discuss her accomplishments in her essay? What about her failures? Are there topics she should avoid? What patterns make an essay stand out? How do you keep your reader engaged from start to finish? What should she look for when she revises her essays? Don't know?
By taking a holistic approach to the essay writing process, Ms. Corley guided me in the right direction while allowing me to steer the ship. The result was incredible, and I write this recommendation from my dorm room at the college of my choice. I would recommend working with The College Essay Captain if you are looking for someone who will help you push your boundaries and reach your goals.
Drexel University Class of 2018
I've wanted to get into a certain honors program in the CUNY college system since I entered high school and heard of its prestige and all the bonuses it offers. The only problem: it's incredibly difficult to get into, and I was fighting with many scholars in my grade for a seat in the program. While our ACT scores were the same, those I was up against had higher grades and took an extra AP course, so they had the advantage over me.
The only thing that made the difference between me getting the seat was my college essays. Ms. Corley worked with me relentlessly to help me get my two essays done until they were absolutely perfect. Now I'm in the college program of my dreams.
Macaulay Honors at City College Class of 2018
My goal is to empower teens to tell their stories powerfully and confidently. I believe that students who mindfully approach the college application process make better decisions for their futures.
My name is Jaclyn Corley. I hold an Honors BA from Binghamton University and an MST from Fordham University in NYC. I won the "Alfred Bendixen Prize" for my writing in 2010. I am a certified English teacher and hypnotherapist, and I taught 12th grade for four years.
After privately tutoring my students to assist them with college essays produced incredible results, my school advanced its programming to create a role for me as College Essay Advisor in our College Guidance Department.
In this role, I invested my time towards learning the ins-and-outs of college essays through calculated research and through personal conversations with college admission directors. I worked closely with our College Guidance Department’s counselors to focus on getting the strongest essays from our students. I ran workshops and taught classes on effectively writing to colleges for both faculty members and students and at colleges.
I founded The College Essay Captain in 2015 to be the go-to resource for the writing components of college applications. I realized that I am passionate about teaching, and I wanted to be able to reach more students.
Aside from my professional life, I've found joy from constantly developing myself as a person and pushing myself out of my comfort zone: from learning to kitesurf, kickbox, and rock climb to leaving the security of my teaching job in pursuit of entrepreneurial success across the country. I believe I have a calling to help as many people as I can in as many ways I can, and I realized that in order to do this, I need to lead by example.
Thank you for allowing me to my dreams, and with gratitude, I hope I can position and inspire your teen to go after hers.
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