How to level up your essays w/ Alicia from College Essay Guy

Recorded Friday, December 24, 2021 at 10:00 PM

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About this livestream


Join Alicia to learn how to optimize your college essays and to get your college essay reviewed live during this livestream event. In this stream, Alicia will use their expertise and College Essay Guy's curriculum to meet you where you're at in the essay writing process and provide personalized advice to take your essay to the next level.

Alicia will review a select number of essays live during the stream; for each essay, she'll walk through how admissions officers would read the essay, then go paragraph by paragraph to offer suggestions for improvement.

Click here to access the form to submit your essay for review.

Alicia Oglesby is a public high school counselor from Philadelphia, PA. Alicia has over 9 years experience in high school and college counseling. She especially enjoys helping students edit their essays for college admissions.

Beginning in 7th grade, Alicia has authored a diverse portfolio of writing. She is currently the co-author of a text on school counseling used in graduate programs throughout the country and she also reads for a highly selective national scholarship program.

Alicia is excited to be working with the College Essay Guy team after collaborating on other projects with Ethan Sawyer over the past several years. Her hope is that students can purposefully share their voice through their essays after receiving a bit of encouragement from counselors like her.

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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.


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