Live essay review with Bryan Tong

Recorded Tuesday, December 28 at 10:00 PM

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About this livestream


Get the chance to have your college essay reviewed live by Bryan and hear his personalized essay writing and admission advice for high schools students. Bryan will review a select number of essays live during the stream; for each essay, he'll walk through how admissions officers would read the essay, then go paragraph by paragraph to offer suggestions for improvement. Don't miss this chance to get personalized advice and ask all of your admission-related questions in our chat!

Bryan Tong is a current senior at Duke University studying Computer Science and Music with a minor in Statistics. His passion for helping people perfectly craft and present their personal story led him to become an Applications Consultant. Throughout his experience, he has helped twelve clients gain admission to at least one of their top 3 school choices as well as a number of scholarships and programs, with client majors ranging from computer science and engineering to history and architecture. Bryan's specialization and interest in essay editing stems from his own college application experience as well as reviewing countless essays from clients, family, and friends. Outside of academics, he enjoys playing piano and cello, basketball, chess, and poker. Bryan is looking forward to working with you!

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

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Undergrad College: Rice University '20

Work Experience: During my time at Rice, I mentored dozens of high school students through the college application process, along with editing essays and tutoring students for the ACT/SAT. I also interned at a medical technology startup, conducted research in Brazil, and gave a TEDx talk. I recently finished applying to medical school; I've been admitted to multiple schools, and will be starting in the Fall.

My Admissions Story: I remember feeling very blindsided by the admissions process and not knowing where to begin. I hope that sharing my experiences and some of the things I’ve learned along the way will help guide other students in a similar boat.

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 Shravya and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
2:34@Caela.Uni:Hello everyone!
3:19@summerorbanwrites:Hi Bryan!
5:27@Immy:Hey Bryan
5:51@A-b1:Has the stream started?
7:13@A-b1:I tried refreshing several times. Did not work
8:56@ottmonika:Can you tell me how many essays has been sent in to this session? Just trying to figure out my chances
9:50@ottmonika:thank you
12:26@ottmonika:is it only me who is having trouble with the audio?
24:10@dabodunrin:How many essay do you usually get through with in these webinars>
27:44@hihowareya:*Describe a leadership challenge you have encountered, how you addressed that challenge and the personal growth you achieved from facing that challenge? This is a prompt for the bank of america student leader internship application and I was wondering if writing about a one on one tutoring session where a student was unsatisfied with my teaching could work (it's not really a leadership position, I was just a tutor, so does it count?)
27:53@hihowareya:also, another prompt is: *What challenges do you see in your community and how do you see yourself addressing those challenges now and in the future? -would writing about the lack of books in underprivileged neighborhoods and how I organized a book drive to combat it--- is this too broad and should it be a smaller scale problem?
29:43@Love:if you don't review every essay, will we have another webinar to finish off or something?????????
44:11@jimyu:thank you bryan that was super helpful
53:28@Naren:How long is this essay review?
53:57@Luna1:Is this the last review?
57:30@AA-S1:hi, when we submit our essay here wouldn't it tag as plagiarism when the colleges run it through a software as it is already on the internet?
63:43@eileenli:are there any 1 on 1 live essay reviews (rather than submitting an essay and receiving feedback)?
64:18@Vishal:How long is this webinar
66:41@Immy:Is it people that read our essays or computers?
67:06@globeTrotter:Can we italicize internal thoughts on the essay? Or do we have to quote internal thoughts?
67:35@Vishal:@ShravyaKakulamarri, when does this webinar end
68:29@summerorbanwrites:Bye Bryan!
68:32@Vishal:Thank you for the useful information


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