The Ultimate Guide to 2022-2023 Stanford Essays

Recorded Monday, August 29, 2022 at 10:30 PM

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Learn everything you need to know about this year's Stanford essays.

Join college and writing consultant Johnathan Patin-Sauls and CollegeVine co-founder Vinay Bhaskara as they go through the ins and outs of writing a strong and compelling response to Stanford's 2022-2023 essay prompts.

Stick around for a Q&A to get personalized advice from Vinay and Johnathan!


Jake Patin-Sauls

MFA in Creative Writing, University of Arkansas
NOTE: This is going up top because I'm seeing more and more reports of it, but please, PLEASE, for the sake of everything that is good in this world, do not trust ANYONE who insinuates that you must have had hardships, some dramatic experience, or a "spike"/"passion" in order to write a successful Common App essay/get into your dream school. These ideas stem from a fundamental misunderstanding of what makes a compelling story and what admissions officers are looking for. They *can* make great essays, but advisors relying on them are FAR more likely to give AI-created, recycled, or flat-out plagiarised advice/revisions. Every year this gets many students eliminated from schools that would have otherwise accepted them. This fact is then often reported to OTHER universities, who may also choose to decline or rescind acceptance. And you may never even know it happened. LISTEN IN ON A LIVE CONSULTATION HERE: BIO: One of the only educational consultants in the world with over two decades of experience as an editor, ghostwriter, and university professor, Johnathan (better known as Professor Jake) has guided thousands of students through every aspect of the academic process. He has perfected the process of helping people find their unique voice and most powerful stories. When not on CollegeVine, he is the Director of Admissions, College, and Careers Department at . As part of this role, he also mentors independent research, creative writing, publishing, and "passion" projects. BOOKS: New book coming out August 30, 23!*Profile portrait drawn by Anna Xu, 2023. Thanks Anna! Have fun at Yale!*
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