The 4 Common College Essay Topics That Dont Work

June 12, 2019
Hosted by Dr. Cynthia Colón

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I had come to the conclusion that he had only a few topics to write about, one included his community service trip. I made the mistake of sharing this with his parents and the father said something like “…but I recently listened to a podcast and the guest said she might die if she read another essay about building homes in Costa Rica.” I giggled because I too had found myself saying something similar at one point while at Vassar reading essays Barnes and Noble one winter day. I’m sure the father was perplexed by my laughter. I simply and plainly stated, “Believe me – I completely agree 1000%. But his essay is NOT going to be about what he did – but rather WHY he did it. Most teens get to draft 2 and continue to write WHAT she achieved, WHAT he did, WHAT sport she played, or WHAT role he had, etc. They describe the WHAT – without sharing the WHY. Today we explore the 4 Most Common Essay Topics That Don’t Work – and I’ll offer you 4 solutions that do work. Episode #16

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Dr. Cynthia Colón

Dr. Cynthia Colón

Using over 20 years experience, her book, Tips, Tales, & Truths for Teens, offers a practical road map for the college admission process. As the leading and trusted college admission expert, Dr. Cynthia Colón has been featured on KTLA, ABC, NBC, FOX 5, KCAL, WGN, WKRC, and in Latina Style.

Dr. Colón worked as an admission officer at Vassar College in New York and as a college counselor at an elite private school in Los Angeles. She has read thousands of applications and worked with over 800 students who have been admitted to top colleges – including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Northwestern, USC, UCLA, UVA, and many more.

Dr. Colón is on a mission to help students, no matter their background, pave their way to the college of their choice. She serves as the perfect blend of Coach and Cheerleader!

Dr. Colón holds a BA from the Annenberg School of Communication at the USC, a MA in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Doctorate of Education from UCLA.

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