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College essays are the hardest part of the college application, and they are the one element that you can truly make a difference right up to the very end. Your grades are your grades, and your test scores are set, but your essays are all up to you!
With students applying to ever more colleges each year, students can find themselves on the hook to write dozens of essays. How do you make them stand out when you have so much to do? Ivy Caliber Essays will teach you how to organize your applications, brainstorm, outline, and write the fewest possible essays so you can focus on your most compelling stories and draft your best work.
Sarah Ballard, author of Accepted! A Monthly Guide to College Applications and Admissions to Any School and Founder of college coaching firm Alpha Academia, has crafted this course to teach students how to sell themselves to colleges through their essays.
Ivy Caliber Essays walks you through the process step-by-step:
Ivy Caliber Essays uses video sessions with embedded notes to walk through a complete process for writing all of your college (and scholarship!) applications. Links to outside resources and sample essays are included. Worksheets are available for download to supplement the lectures.
In short, Ivy Caliber Essays is everything you need to put your best foot forward on your college essays with the least possible pain.
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|Section 1: Introduction to College Essay Writing|
|Section 2: Organizing the Plan of Attack - How Many Essays?|
Organizing Your Essays - Examining the PromptsPreview
Organizing Your Essays - Analyzing How Many Essays You Really Need to Write
|Section 3: Brainstorming Essay Topics|
Brainstorming - Where Do Good Topics Come From?
Use this video to work through a real-time brainstorming session. Get yourself two pads of post-it notes in two different colors and get ready from some quick scribbling!
Brainstorming - How Do You Know If You've Found a Good Topic?
|Section 4: Outlining Across Your College Applications|
Outlining Across Your College Applications
|Section 5: Telling Your Story - Past/Present/Future|
Essay Structure - Past Accomplishments/Present Activities/Future Aspirations
Sample Essays Using Past-Present-Future Model
|Section 6: The Personal Statement|
What is a Personal Statement?
Analyzing a Sample Personal Statement
|Section 7: Specialized Essay Prompts|
What to Do About Specialized Prompts?
|Section 8: Short Answer Responses|
Making a Short Answer Out of an Existing Essay
Starting from Scratch on a Short Answer Response
|Section 9: Edit and Polish|
How to Edit, Step-by-Step
|Section 10: Recycling Essays|
Can This Essay Be Recycled For Another Application?
|Section 11: When An Essay Flops|
When An Essay Draft Cannot Be Saved and How to Let It Go
Alpha Academia harnesses expertise--advice and tools--to give its students everything they need to be successful at gaining admission to their best school.
Sarah Ballard founded Alpha Academia to make top college admissions advice accessible to all. The company launched its inaugural course, The Complete College Admissions Adventure in 2015 and just published its book, Accepted! A Monthly Guide to College Applications and Admission to Any School.
Sarah is a Georgetown University and Law Center alumna. After college, she was endorsed to compete for the Rhodes Scholarship and won the George Mitchell Scholarship. She has her Masters and her Juris Doctor. She was never rejected from a single school to which she applied. This includes the Ivy League, graduate school, and law school. She has also won more than $150,000 in competitive, merit scholarships. She has read and reviewed applications for the Mitchell and Fulbright scholarships and has volunteered to do admission interviews at the undergraduate level.
Sarah knows what it is like to navigate the applications process on her own and has assembled a suite of videos and tools that she wishes she had when she was applying--just for you!