How Do I Write a College Essay That Works?

A college essay that ‘works’ has two simple but essential components:

  • a meaningful message
  • conveying that message in a unique way that engages the reader

Success College Counseling will help you understand the factors that admissions officers consider when evaluating application essays. Unique and compelling Common App and supplemental essays can help you distinguish yourself from other college applicants.


How Can I Best Position Myself for College?

In addition to helping you produce great essays, Success College Counseling offers strategic college planning services designed to target key phases of the college application process.  We will focus on the most important stages of your college journey:

course planning

essay writing

engagement  with colleges, (“demonstrated interest”)

resumes and resume building,

recommendation letters


Students who nail every component of the college application process are the students who will be positioned to reach their admissions goals.

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How Will Success College Counseling Give Me the Upper Hand

Staying current with admissions trends and institutional priorities is how I help position students for success in the application process.

Your personal essay matters

Common App and supplemental essays weigh heavily in the admissions process. A high GPA, great test scores, and notable achievements are important, but so is conveying your accomplishments in a compelling way. Your essays are the most effective way to differentiate yourself from other applicants and may very well be the decisive factor in the admissions process.

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How I'll Help with Essay Writing

Through an interactive process of discussion, critique and re-writes, I will lead you from conception to final product. Your essay will both answer the question posed and remain within the specified word count. The end result will be a polished essay that reflects your individuality, talents and accomplishments. We will use phone, Skype and/or email as necessary and appropriate to allow me to get to know you better.

It’s Your Voice, Not Mine

    Admissions officers want to hear YOUR voice. I will help you enhance and refine your voice so that your personality and unique qualities shine through.