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Why College Essays Are About More Than Just College

Even if you're not applying to college right now, the format of the college essay has a lot to teach you about writing and self-reflection.

By
Mignon Fogarty,
Episode #697
College Essay Essentials by Ethan Sawyer

Ethan Sawyer (aka The College Essay Guy) has been helping students write their best college essays for more than a decade, and along the way, he's identified four kinds of essays that can help anyone find their story, whether they've overcome a dramatic challenge or had a simple, normal life. He's also learned that the essay process (and its deadlines and thought exercises) can be a powerful tool for self-discovery that can help anyone, even people well beyond their college essay years. 

Listen to the interview to learn more about the tools Ethan uses to help students write their essays, about why writing a college essay is a lot like writing a screenplay, and about some of Ethan's favorite essays. You can also read a rough transcript.

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