Beyond the Trauma Narrative: Changing Priorities in Application Essay Writing

Recorded Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at 12:00 AM

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About this livestream

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Join Ethan Glasserman for a discussion on how to best write an application essay about overcoming challenges! Ethan will explain how you can tactfully and creatively write narratives about challenges that show admissions officers who you are.

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Ethan Glasserman

Education
B.A. - Harvard University, M.F.A. - Boston University, Psy.D. (in progress) - The Wright Institute
Bio
I’m a writer. Not a college guidance counselor, not an expert on admissions—a writer. For the last twelve years, I’ve been devoted to writing fiction. Back in the day, I also wrote screenplays, a webseries, comedy pieces, and two parody novels I self-published. After graduating from Harvard University with a degree in psychology, I completed an M.F.A. in creative writing at Boston University. Over more than a decade of studying fiction line by line and holding myself to an exacting standard, I’ve learned how to tell a story.

What I have to offer is expertise in writing and a perspective that isn’t limited by the confines of the college admissions process. While I can give you a few general pointers about the broader application process, a strength of mine is that I have a rich personal and professional life outside of this field. Throughout college and graduate school, I’ve studied a range of subjects, including computer science, statistics, neuroscience, filmmaking, literature, and psychoanalysis. On my own, I’m an avid reader familiar with a variety of interests from visual art to cooking to theories of consciousness.

Another important part of my background is that I have worked in mental health for six years and am training as a clinical psychologist. That means I know how to take a real interest in people, learn what makes them distinctive, and help them through an anxiety-provoking process.

If any of the above sounds like what you’re looking for, please reach out. Most of my clients come from independent referrals off CollegeVine, as I primarily work as a team with an independent guidance counselor with decades of experience. I work with a relatively small number of students each year, which allows me to give each one the attention they need. I’m particularly experienced in working with kids in STEM who are struggling to stand out, students who cultivate an artistic practice, and those who have trouble getting the first words on paper.

Last year (2023-2024), I worked with a small group and had students admitted to:
UChicago (early)
Dartmouth (early)
Cornell (early)
U-Michigan Business (early)
Cornell (RD)
UC Berkeley EECS (tied with Stanford for #1 program, 4% admit rate--RD)
Specialties
PsychologyFilm and PhotographyComputer ScienceCreative WritingEnglish Literature
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Undergrad College: Georgetown University '21

Major: History; Minors in French and Russian

Work Experience: The college applications process is all about responding to one question: who are you? I am passionate about helping students craft a creative answer. I have been helping students gain admission to the T25 schools of their dreams since 2018, when I first started working for CollegeVine as an Applications Consultant, and later, blog writer. Soon after graduating from Georgetown, I started my own company to make college advising my career. I currently mentor students through one-on-one consulting sessions and essay editing.

My Admissions Story: My admissions journey began with a desire to dive into the humanities and have an adventure of self-discovery. I applied to East Coast liberal arts schools that value creativity and specialize in teaching languages, history, and international affairs. One thin deferral letter came in the fall, a thicker envelope came in the spring, and with that, I was accepted to my dream school — Georgetown University!

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