If ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own backyard... - Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz The college essay has more in common with The Wizard of Oz than the traditional academic essay. That's because a great personal statement is … [Read more...] about Follow Your Heart in the College Essay
This is my wonderful dad, Steve Fairchild. He is 81. He is energy, curiosity, and exploration incarnate. So he loves the full-coverage Australian walking hat my sister got him for Father's Day. It's a key accessory for his daily strides around the neighborhood. My dad … [Read more...] about What Dads Can Teach Us About the College Essay
Some parents and students ask, when concerned about plagiarism: what is the line between editing and writing a student's essay? What does academically honest editing by a tutor look like? As a long-time teacher, I teach the principles of academic honesty, and I live by them in my … [Read more...] about How Much Should Essay Tutors Edit?
I know: who in the world wants to be writing huge essays when you're trying to wrap up junior year? For that reason I say, it's time for LISTS. Lists of your Marquee Moments and Action Verbs. No essays necessary right now: just lots of listing and brainstorming. (Unless, … [Read more...] about May and June for Juniors: College Essay Prep
It's the most wonderful and most horrible time of year. From all over the U.S,. I'm getting emails and texts, spanning the range of every emotion possible: I GOT IN I GOT A SCHOLARSHIP She's deferred. They rejected him. To Those Celebrating To those whose … [Read more...] about Hang in There
I get it. You see a college essay prompt asking you about a future you haven't lived yet, and it feels like a lie to say you already know what it will be. Because who really knows, right? Life happens. Pandemics happen. People change their minds! But colleges are asking and … [Read more...] about Futurecasting: Go Ahead, Speculate!