YouTube Video: Writing a Strong College Admissions Essay
In this 2 minute video you will see and hear snippets from admissions officers from Brown, Georgetown and Yale with their ideas on what constitutes a solid admissions essay.
YouTube Videos: Stumbling Blocks
In the 3 minute video below you will see and hear a Stanford University admissions officer discuss the positives/negatives of an admission essay.
In the 2 minute video below you will see a critique of a different essay by an admissions officer from Stanford University and 2 other admissions officers from the University of California/Berkley, all of whom wish the essay writer had shown more of who she was individually, as a person.
YouTube Videos: How-Tos
Ethan Sawyer, author of the book College Essay Essentials (listed in this guide), , offers a 24 minute crash course on how to write an outstanding personal statement for a college admissions application. He covers brainstorming the topic, deciding on the topic, structuring the statement, outline types and more in the video below.
In the 16 minute video below Ethan Sawyer demonstrate four qualities of an outstanding personal statement despite using pretty common topics.