Craft Successful College Admissions Essays
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Craft Successful College Admissions Essays

Learn how college admissions essays are transformed from bland to effective with real examples.
4.8 (6 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
52 students enrolled
Created by Niki Agrawal
Last updated 9/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Write unique & compelling college admissions essays, which showcase personal growth and your dedication to the university.
  • Increase your chances of being accepted into your reach universities.
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Requirements
  • This course will help at any stage of the writing process.
  • Having a word processor (like Word or Google Docs) is all you need!
Description

Learn to create unique and compelling essays to get into your 1st-choice universities. 

Build a strong personal statement and supplemental essays with this step-by-step tutorial for all levels of writers

What to write: Micro moments, Holistic approach, Brainstorming

How to write: Outlining, Writing, What the best essays do

Supplemental essays: The critical “why” essay

An essential skill in a fast-paced environment

Building strong essays is critical to being accepted into your top colleges. A good essay is the only qualitative part of an application and can be the defining factor that gets you admission into your reach universities. Writing essays for a variety of colleges can be time-intensive; this course packs high value information into less than 1 hour so that you can quickly begin crafting your own essays.

Content and Overview

First you will learn WHAT to write about. This includes the importance of detailing a micro experience rather than a large timeframe, being holistic in the application, and learning how to brainstorm. By the end of this section, you will understand how to come up with a compelling topic that shows personal growth.

Then you will examine HOW to craft an essay on that topic. You will outline in a focused and organized way, and then learn how to write effectively without becoming stuck or having writer's block. You'll also see some of the best examples of "show vs. tell" and understand firsthand what some of the best essays do to stand out. 

Lastly, you will learn how to create the "why" essay, which almost all top colleges require. You will compare real examples of ineffective and successful why essays and learn how to create an effective one quickly.

These lessons have all been applied with students I have tutored in the past, and the course is complete with real examples of ineffective and successful essays.

Words from Past Students

"I found Nikita’s help with my essays to be incredibly helpful in getting me to transition from the objective writing style we are taught in school to the more reflective and descriptive style that is necessary for personal statements. Her help was more valuable than something I would find at these expensive essay bootcamps and would 10/10 recommend her to others." -Aditya, University of Chicago 2020

Who is the target audience?
  • If you need to craft essays for college applications, this course will provide you a very strong results-oriented approach within 1 hour.
  • This course does not cover the entire application life-cycle process such as standardized testing requirements, acquiring letters of recommendation, etc.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction
1 Lecture 01:59

Quick overview of the course

Preview 01:59
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What to write about
3 Lectures 14:22

Micro moments make essays memorable and tangible. With real examples of broad vs. micro essays, you will understand what to write about.

Micro
08:35

Remember to be holistic in order to create a well-rounded application. Reflect on all your major activities somewhere in your essays.

Holistic
03:34

Combine the lessons of Micro and Holistic to brainstorm strong essay topics unique to you.

Brainstorming
02:13
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How to write
3 Lectures 19:55

Effectively organize your essays.

Outlining
06:55

Don't get writer's block with these strategies.

Writing
03:03

Show don't tell. Keep it about you. Show personality. Have layers. Don't be risky. Be unique, not original. Answer the prompt.

What do the best essays do?
09:57
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Unique Supplements
1 Lecture 12:38

Use evidence and past-future links to create a compelling "Why?" essay.

Preview 12:38
About the Instructor
Niki Agrawal
4.8 Average rating
6 Reviews
52 Students
1 Course
College Admissions Consultant & Essay Editor

Hi, I'm Niki, and I help seniors in high school create unique, compelling essays to get into top colleges. I've been a writing tutor for over 8 years and a college admissions consultant for 3 years. Last application cycle, I worked with 25+ students who are now attending MIT, Harvard, UPenn, Brown, CMU, Rice, UC Berkeley and more. I graduated with a full-ride from Santa Clara University, have trained with Harvard and UC admissions readers, and compiled years of knowledge and tips into a course to help students express the best version of themselves in their applications.