Personal Statement Brainstorming + Essay Review w/ Spencer from College Essay Guy

Recorded Tuesday, December 14 at 09:30 PM

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About this livestream


First, we’ll go over the best brainstorming exercise to develop your personal statement topic. Then, we will work towards identifying your core values and aspirations that will provide you the perfect foundation to start writing your personal statement. For the second half of this livestream, we’ll move into an example essay review and a Q&A.

Spencer is an artist and entrepreneur from Los Angeles, CA. She recently graduated from Duke University with a degree in Literature/Global Cultural Studies, Philosophy, and Ethics and a publication in Moral Psychology. When Spencer isn’t helping students with college admission essays or writing for the CEG blog, you can find her salsa dancing, meditating, acting, doing a New York Times crossword puzzle, or creating a new healthy recipe for her wellness blog.

Your host

Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
20:22@sibana:Hi, will we get a recording of the webinar/presentation? Thank you!
21:27@sibana:Thank you so much!
28:53@Rand:what if you get an essay to review that, despite best efforts, is just plain bad or way off course?
31:55@Soph_1:Hi! My problem with the personal statement is that I have a few ideas, but I can't decide which one would help me portray myself best. Any tips?
36:35@daliar1511:I can decide my essence object and values, however, English is not my first language. I have trouble starting, organizing, and overall writing it.
52:17@sbw11111:How would you rate this essay with your edits/suggestions
52:20@sbw11111:Do you need to tie your personal statement back to what your bring to college?
56:58@sbw11111:When she makes changes. Do you look at it agian. Does it cost more?
60:01@Jennifer_M:Hello Spencer! 😊 Really nice meeting you, and thank you so much for your feedback, it really helped me a lot and I been editing it based on all of your comments and the CEG tools
69:50@daliar1511:Thank you very much!!


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