We really enjoyed our conversation with Hamada Zahawi, Founder of Write Track Admissions, as we discussed the power of “the story” and how students have an opportunity to be more than just a fit on paper. Crafting an essay and application to clearly differentiate yourself from other applicants is a challenge.
We enjoyed speaking with Deborah Cinquemani, Founder of Guide Us Educational Services, to learn more about her business especially her success with advising college-bound students who have learning difficulties.
We recently touched base with Founder and CEO of Best Fit College Admissions, Jennifer H. Vidmer, who shared her thoughts on college visits below. With over 25 years of experience in higher education, Jenny has a true passion for helping students experience great success in the admissions process.
As juniors start to schedule their college visits this spring, it is important to take advantage of all opportunities to tell your story throughout the admissions journey. If a college offers an on-campus interview or alumni interview opportunity, definitely take advantage of it. Every chance you get to share your story, highlight your successes and articulate why you are a fit for a particular school, is a worthwhile exercise.
Dr. Josie, Founder of Write Your Acceptance, University Lecturer, Published Author, and College Essay Expert. Dr. Josie has 10+ years of teaching at the college level (she is currently teaching writing at the University of Miami) and helping students craft their college essays.
Two tiny words that carry so much weight, but to be fair, if I were a college, I’d want to know too. The thing about the Common Application is that it’s universal. You are writing an essay to send to every school. It answers the question of why you, but doesn’t touch on anything specific to the school that receives it.
As a college applicant, you will likely be asked to respond to an essay question that asks “How will you take advantage of the academic opportunities at our university?” These questions fall under the category of intellectual interest essays and the intent is not just to focus on the major you have selected or your favorite high school course.