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Tips for Writing College Essays

Kyra Tyler

Written by Kyra Tyleron October 25th, 2016

I have worked in a variety of roles in higher education over the course of my career. I began my career in admissions at Brandeis University, where I spearheaded the school’s student of color recruitment effort. In addition to reviewing applications for incoming freshmen, I also managed the transfer application review process where I was responsible for reading the applications and making the final admissions decision. I also chaired a committee dedicated to offering scholarships and performance opportunities to talented chamber musicians and served as the admissions representative for the selection of the university’s Posse Foundation scholars. Prior to joining College Coach, I was awarded a Presidential Fellowship from Harvard University where I worked in development at the Harvard College Fund. I also worked at the Harvard Alumni Association while pursuing a master of education at the Graduate School of Education.
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The college application essay is many high school students’ first real effort at writing not about an academic subject, but about themselves.  Taking a close look at and discussing oneself analytically can be a challenging task for even the most adept high school writers, but fear not, college applicants (and their worried parents)! Follow the essay-writing advice provided by college admissions expert, Kyra Tyler, in this installment of College Coach’s Insider Tips, and you’ll be well on your way to showcasing your very best self on your college essay. Subscribe to the College Coach YouTube Channel to keep up-to-date on all the latest college planning tips from our college admissions and finance experts. Essay-Pitfalls-CTA

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