27 min

EP 230 Beyond Words: Crafting College Essays for Elite Admissions with Ben Urwand No-Problem Parenting

    • Parenting

Meet Ben Urwand, a distinguished scholar and the founder of Real College Essays. Ben's unique blend of historical expertise and admissions essay guidance provided invaluable insights into the often underestimated yet crucial role of the college essay in the admissions process.
 
Here's what we covered in today's conversation:
1. **Writing a Personal Essay for College:**
- Guidance for parents and high school students on the nuances of crafting a compelling personal essay.
- Tips on topic selection to capture the attention of admissions officers and strategies for avoiding generic or clichéd content.
2. **The Importance of the College Essay:**
- Exploration of why the college essay is frequently overlooked but holds significant weight in the eyes of admissions officers.
- Insights into the time commitment required for a 650-word essay and the reasons behind this investment.
3. **Overcoming Writer’s Block:**
- Practical advice for high school students dealing with writer's block.
- Strategies to initiate the writing process and manage anxiety associated with the college essay.
4. **Common Mistakes in College Admission Essays:**
- An examination of classic mistakes made by both students and parents in the college admission essay.
- Ben's expert counsel on avoiding pitfalls and ensuring a standout essay.
 
Ben Urwand holds a Ph.D. in History from UC Berkeley and was elected to the Harvard Society of Fellows in 2011. His groundbreaking work, "The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler" (2013), brought international attention to Hollywood's dealings with Nazi Germany in the 1930s. In 2016, Ben began assisting students with their college admissions essays, helping hundreds gain admission to elite colleges. In 2023, he founded Real College Essays, focusing on breaking through the noise and making a lasting impression in the college admissions process.
 
Connect with Ben here:
Website: realcollegeessays.com
Email: ben@realcollegeessays.com
 
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Jaci Finneman
30 Year Counselor turned Parenting Advocate and Coach

Meet Ben Urwand, a distinguished scholar and the founder of Real College Essays. Ben's unique blend of historical expertise and admissions essay guidance provided invaluable insights into the often underestimated yet crucial role of the college essay in the admissions process.
 
Here's what we covered in today's conversation:
1. **Writing a Personal Essay for College:**
- Guidance for parents and high school students on the nuances of crafting a compelling personal essay.
- Tips on topic selection to capture the attention of admissions officers and strategies for avoiding generic or clichéd content.
2. **The Importance of the College Essay:**
- Exploration of why the college essay is frequently overlooked but holds significant weight in the eyes of admissions officers.
- Insights into the time commitment required for a 650-word essay and the reasons behind this investment.
3. **Overcoming Writer’s Block:**
- Practical advice for high school students dealing with writer's block.
- Strategies to initiate the writing process and manage anxiety associated with the college essay.
4. **Common Mistakes in College Admission Essays:**
- An examination of classic mistakes made by both students and parents in the college admission essay.
- Ben's expert counsel on avoiding pitfalls and ensuring a standout essay.
 
Ben Urwand holds a Ph.D. in History from UC Berkeley and was elected to the Harvard Society of Fellows in 2011. His groundbreaking work, "The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler" (2013), brought international attention to Hollywood's dealings with Nazi Germany in the 1930s. In 2016, Ben began assisting students with their college admissions essays, helping hundreds gain admission to elite colleges. In 2023, he founded Real College Essays, focusing on breaking through the noise and making a lasting impression in the college admissions process.
 
Connect with Ben here:
Website: realcollegeessays.com
Email: ben@realcollegeessays.com
 
Freebie: A free 15-minute consultation with any parent who reaches out and mentions the No Problem Parenting Podcast
 

Thank you for tuning in to the No Problem Parenting podcast - Please take a minute to share the podcast, comment or leave a review.
 
FREE PARENTING RESOURCES:
60 Ways to Respond to Your Kids without Losing Your Cool
Make it Right Technique PDF
Everyday Essential Solutions eBook for the whole family
 
Better Sleep: Decrease Stress with the 7 Day free trial of NuCalm Enter Code: NOPROBLEM for 15% off all products.
 
Become the Confident Leader Your Kids Crave you to be!
Become a No-Problem Parent
Book Your 90 Minute Strategy Session
Put your oxygen mask on first:
Find More Resources Here
 
FB - IG - LinkedIn - YouTube - Twitter - Threads
 
Check out our Books!
No-Problem Parenting; Raising Your Kiddos with More Confidence and Less Fear
No Problem Parenting; Resources and Stories that Create Confidence and Connection
 
Hugs and High Fives,
You Got This!
 
Jaci Finneman
30 Year Counselor turned Parenting Advocate and Coach

27 min