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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.

About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips network and creator of Grammar Girl, which has been named one of Writer's Digest's 101 best websites for writers multiple times. The Grammar Girl podcast has also won Best Education Podcast multiple times in the Podcast Awards, and Mignon is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame. Mignon is the author of the New York Times best-seller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing" and six other books on writing. She has appeared as a guest on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" and the "Today Show" and has been featured in the New York Times, Business Week, the Washington Post, USA Today, CNN.com, and more. She was previously the chair of media entrepreneurship in the Reynolds School of Journalism in Reno, NV. She hates the phrase "grammar nazi" and loves the word "kerfuffle." She has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University. Mignon believes that learning is fun, and the vast rules of grammar are wonderful fodder for lifelong study. 

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