In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I chat with the College Essay Guy, Ethan Sawyer, and Ethan shares his passion for preparing students to write their college essays.
This episode focuses mainly on the Why Us essay, which is required by many colleges, but delves into tips and strategies that could work for almost any college essay. Ethan provides excellent ideas and a unique, refreshing perspective on the college admissions essays in general.
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About Ethan Sawyer
Ethan Sawyer has been helping students tell their stories for more than twelve years and is the author of the Amazon bestseller College Essay Essentials, the #1 book on college essays. He has reached thousands of students and counselors through his webinars and workshops and has become a nationally recognized college essay expert and sought-after speaker. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and received an MFA from UC-Irvine.
He is an active member of NACAC, WACAC, HECA and IECA and lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.collegeessayguy.com.
“I’m like a mid-wife. The essay is going to be written whether I’m there or not. I try to make the process as painless as possible.”
“The biggest benefit of the “why us” essay is for the student as it helps them determine if they really want to go to that college.”
“The college is looking for what makes you different.”
“Tell the school why you were meant for each other.”
Lightning Round Q&A
Q1: What’s your best piece of advice for families as they begin this journey?
A1: Get help. Parts of the college admissions process require specific expertise.
Q3: What should a family who is overwhelmed by the college admissions process focus on?
A3: Take time to pause and check in with each other. Focus on the long term goal.
Q4: What is your all-time favorite book?
A4: The Brother’s Karamozov by Fyodor Dostoyevski*
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