Bringing Levity to the College Admissions Process

stanfordStudents are gearing up to hear from the remainder of their colleges over the next couple weeks, which always makes for a tense time for anyone involved in the application process. And we all know how admissions statistics have been going down every year with some top schools admitting less than 6% of applicants. Bearing that in mind, and keeping sight of the absurdity of it all (keep rolling with the punches, and you will find a school that's right for you!), it's refreshing to see today's article in the New York Times poking fun at the process:

"PALO ALTO, California — Cementing its standing as the most selective institution of higher education in the country, Stanford University announced this week that it had once again received a record-setting number of applications and that its acceptance rate — which had dropped to a previously uncharted low of 5 percent last year — plummeted all the way to its inevitable conclusion of 0 percent.

With no one admitted to the class of 2020, Stanford is assured that no other school can match its desirability in the near future."

To read the rest of the article, and have a needed laugh in the process, click here.

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College Essay Organizer Featured in the New York Times and Bergen Record

College Essay Organizer in the News: New York Times Education Section

Daniel Stern, President of College Essay Organizer

College Essay Organizer founder Daniel Stern is quoted in this New York Times article on plagiarism. One of the special benefits of College Essay Organizer's service is that it cuts down on plagiarism. And maybe better yet for the more ethical, time-strapped teens we help, it cuts down on that nagging urge to plagiarize.

It’s an ethical issue many applicants wrestle with. But with College Essay Organizer, which saves hours of time by showing how your various essay questions overlap in theme, you will discover how to make the most of your time without cutting corners.This way you can focus not just on getting organized but rather on writing creative stories that reveal your best you. You can even apply to more colleges without unnecessarily taking on additional work.

Our goal has always been to optimize your performance and minimize the confusion and anxiety - and all on your own honest terms.


The Bergen Record Features College Essay Organizer's President Daniel Stern

College Essay Organizer's President, Dan Stern, was featured in the Bergen Record (in New Jersey) talking about the college essay process and the many misconceptions students and counselors have about it.

Dan spoke about the surprising number of essays students face after they’ve completed their required Common App essays – namely the many supplemental, department-specific, and scholarship questions that pop up for any student applying to multiple colleges.

On top of that, he spoke about the importance of understanding the essay questions. When a college asks you why you’re interested, remember that it’s not advisable to just regurgitate the college's own brochure. They know you want to be there – that’s why you’re applying. What they really want to learn about is you and what you’re going to bring to the campus.

Above all, Dan talked about what we’re all about here at College Essay Organizer – simplifying the essay and application process in easy and inexpensive ways so that you can focus your time on your best writing without all the confusion and anxiety.

Make sure that you know ahead of time how many essays your colleges require so you don’t have any rude surprises in the fall. Getting out ahead of things now will make the rest of the way smooth sailing for sure.

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One Dad’s Journey through the College Application Process

This student does not use College Essay Organizer.

Articles about the college application process inevitably elicit a visceral reaction from anyone who has high school aged children. As this NY Times article describes, Crazy U, written by Andrew Ferguson, is a recent dad’s journey navigating the convoluted path from high school student to college attendee.

Ferguson covers every aspect of the adventure, not the least of which is the college essay process which he calls “a relatively new idea, and very baby boomerish.” He asks, “Who are they to force a catharsis on 17-year-olds?” His insightful probing cuts to the central issues in writing essays, which many consider the piece that distinguishes an applicant from his or her peers. What exactly do colleges want? Is the more personal essay always the better one? And what about more modest teens unwilling to express their darkest secrets? Ferguson writes, “Once the larger culture considered reticence a virtue. Now it’s a cause for suspicion or evidence of derangement.”

At College Essay Organizer, we know how important and stress-inducing the essay portion of applications can be. It’s what we know best, and we provide members with examples of successful essays on dozens of topics and themes, essays that gained entry into the nation's top colleges and universities. We also run free webinars from the spring through the fall covering various issues related to the college essay process, and hold an open Q&A for attendees to get their individual questions answered. So worry not, we’ve got you covered.

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