Revising under pressure w/ Kaila Barber from College Essay Guy

Recorded Friday, January 7 at 01:00 AM

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About this livestream


Join Kaila Barber to learn how to optimize your college essays and to get your college essay reviewed live during this livestream event. In this stream, Kaila will use her 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.

Kaila will give her best tips and tricks for editing your essay with an upcoming deadline aka revising under pressure.

Kaila Barber is a double-domer at the University of Notre Dame who studied pre-med as an undergraduate and Global Health for her Master's. Before working as a member of the QC team and Essay Review team at College Essay Guy, Kaila served as an educational assistant, primarily with students with IEP, in an elementary and middle school.

Fun Fact: Kaila is a professional hurdler, but can't walk on a flat surface without tripping over air.

Your host

Undergrad College: Yale University '21

Major: Ethics, Politics & Economics; Classics (Intensive)

Work Experience: As a recent graduate of Yale University, I am excited to begin my first year with CollegeVine! In many ways, CV was a natural fit for me -- at Yale, I worked for over two years in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, beginning as a Senior Interviewer in the summer of 2019, during which I interviewed over 200 first-year applicants for the 2019-2020 college admissions cycle. After the summer ended, I became Lead Recruitment Coordinator, a full-time position responsible for executing and overseeing Yale’s numerous post-admissions decision yield initiatives, as well as serving as a spokesman for the university both in person and online. Over the past two years, I have had the privilege of interacting with hundreds of students and their families at all stages of the college application process.

My Admissions Story: Having always been interested in studying a variety of subjects within the Humanities and Social Sciences, I applied to a smattering of liberal arts colleges and universities (mostly on the East Coast) with strong departments in these areas, large and diverse student bodies, and varied extracurricular opportunities. When my college admissions decisions rolled in, I immediately accepted an offer from my dream school, Yale University, which I had always felt best embodied the opportunities and goals that I desired from my college experience -- and since that day, I’ve never looked back.

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 Robert and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
0:00@otiwar3145: hie
0:00@Jaybirdix:the application is due friday night i need this lol
1:08@Jaybirdix:we can see and hear or at least i can
6:52@Nayan:What is the difference between Personal Statements & Statement of intent?
8:48@brittany:do you have an example
14:16@RachelH:Will this livestream be recorded?
14:44@Nayan:Thank you! Totally makes sense.
19:28@Jaybirdix:i hit my head and can't recognize faces anymore. It's a disability but I think it turns out to be funnier than hard. should I say that or talk only about the hard parts?
22:38@Jaybirdix:Thank you! I think having to ask the history teacher who I'm looking at and it being Joe Biden is pretty funny
24:12@Alex035:Is there another form of approach that could work the same way humor does?
29:39@Alex035:Thank you for your answer! that was exactly what I was looking for because I've been uncertain in this field
42:34@Alex035:Do you believe maybe it's missing a transition? or a smoother way of shift in the essay?
44:37@Jaybirdix:Covid has been really hard guys, I hope you all are doing alright. It's hard not seeing friends. I wish you all good luck. We'll be through it soon enough :) you got this
48:36@Jaybirdix:Can my introduction list some of the random things I've done before getting more into focus? Such as catching frogs and losing skis on black diamonds, etc.
63:00@cookiedough:I like the atmosphere that the tone, diction, and imagery of their essay creates - do you have any suggestions for books I can read to improve my skills in similar areas?
67:01@funambulista:Can I share one
74:01@Alex035:Does that sudden introduction of the other topic do any good? Does that benefit and should it be used or avoided?
80:05@Jaybirdix:Thank you so much for your time!! This was awesome :D
81:07@Alex035:Thank you Kaila and Robert! I learned so much today thanks to you two!
81:38@hassatou:thank you
81:51@joriqan:Thank you


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