You’re ready to write your way into your dream colleges. You're ready to:
I'm going to teach you exactly how to do this. That’s why I’ve created my simple, step-by-step course,
The College Essay Boot Camp.
With The College Essay Boot Camp, you'll:
College Counselor & Writing Coach
I’m an unconventional college counselor who helps smart, motivated, and driven students around the world (just like you) get clear on what their dreams are, and develop the courage, curiosity, and commitment to personal development and growth to pursue their biggest dreams wholeheartedly and get into the right colleges for them, where they’ll have a fulfilling and successful career.
I’m also a USC alum, published author, trained in college counseling through UCLA’s graduate program, and member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).
“My writing has improved so much, and I have a better overall understanding in the college essay process and what makes a good college essay. Cathleen is a kind, knowledgeable counselor."
— Alea S. (admitted to NYU)
It’s no secret that getting into college today is more competitive than ever before. There are more exceptional, highly qualified students applying to top colleges from all around the world, making it harder and harder to stand out.
No matter what grades you have and how high your test scores are. No matter how amazing your extracurricular activities are and how many times you rehearse for interviews, one of the most important skills you need to get into your dream colleges is this:
You must learn how to communicate your experiences in a way that moves The Exhausted Admissions Reader to say “YES” -- or you won’t get in.
If you’ve sat down to look at your college list--but all that keeps coming up are essay after essay that you’ll have to write and you just feel so overwhelmed, you’re not alone.
Your mom, dad, English teacher, and Uncle Carl (Harvard Class of ‘82) all give you different advice: write like you talk, don’t write like you talk, be yourself, sound smart, write about patience, write about being Student Body President, don’t write about math…..
Writing college essays is as ESSENTIAL SKILL
if you want to get into top-tier colleges, and learning how to write well
will change your life!
If you’ve already started scouring the internet for advice on applying to college, you know that there are tons of blogs, books, and random pieces of advice out there. It’s a lot! Where do you even begin? What can you trust? Is this advice even current? You know how important these essays are, and there are just so many. The pressure is mounting.
You want to get into amazing, selective colleges but you’re not sure if you can write all these essays, or how to start, or what to say...and what if you write the wrong thing, or not enough, or don’t use the right words? What if you don’t get in?
Over the years, I’ve had the honor of working with hundreds of students around the world and helping them craft incredible essays and get into top-tier colleges like The University of Chicago, Cornell, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Tufts, Rice, Wesleyan, and Vassar.
But here’s the sad thing….
The one thing I’ve seen hold otherwise strong, smart students back from achieving their dreams is a lack of clear, compelling, and persuasive personal statements.
It’s not that those things don’t matter, because they do. But everyone who has a chance at top-tier colleges has a high GPA, high test scores, and took a ton of AP classes.
Your academics and test scores will get you into the “Maybe” pile, but you’ll need more to actually get accepted.
If your essays are just meh, your application will get put in the “no” pile, where there’s no coming back from.
This is exactly why I want to help you. I thought long and hard about the work I do, which is only accessible to students in a one-on-one setting, and I created The College Essay Boot Camp that contains expert advice and a fail-proof system to show you, step by step, how to write a College Essay That Wows Committees in your unique voice and craft an amazing college application Activities List and Additional Info section that most students skip over (which is a HUGE mistake!).
Because a great essay can be the difference between getting a “Yes” or a “No.”
A great essay -- even more than perfect grades and test scores --- is what makes The Exhausted Admissions Reader send you a letter that says, “We’re delighted to inform you….” rather than “We regret…”
A GREAT COLLEGE APPLICATION, WHICH INCLUDES ALL THOSE ESSAYS,
WILL WORK WONDERS FOR YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING IN.
AND, YES, YOU CAN WRITE THEM ALL!
You can write essays that sound like you, that share your most vulnerable moments, and get admissions readers to hang on every word.
You can write essays that are authentic, meaningful, and impactful without being over the top or bragging or boring.
IN JUST A FEW WEEKS, THIS COULD BE YOU....
“I might have a chance at getting into top colleges now. I learned that college essays are VERY different from the essays I write for school.
My English teacher touched upon us writing our college essays and expected us to just write one and without telling us how to make it amazing like we learned in the boot camp."
-Gabby M., College Essay Boot Camp July 2020 Student
Your life before mastering college application essays:
Unsure what to write your college essays about
Confused and overwhelmed by the whole college application process
Unsure if your topics are good enough
Feeling like you’re starting the college application process too late
Not confident you have what it takes to write amazing essays and get into your dream colleges
Your life after mastering college application essays:
Confident about writing the sea of college essays!
Excited and motivated because you have specific action steps and a concrete plan
Know exactly what different colleges expect and how to use this to your advantage
Have a chance to get into top colleges
Know a completely new way of writing and how to get into your dream colleges!
THE COLLEGE ESSAY BOOT CAMP
Everything You Need To Write Outstanding College Essays
That Push Your Application Towards a “YES!” -- Guaranteed.
The College Essay Boot Camp is an online course,
designed to get you writing outstanding college essays FAST.
By the end of the class, you’ll be able to….
Learn how to dig deep, uncover your true passions, and write about them
Learn how to describe the exceptional things you've done to convey just that to the mysterious people on the other side of your application holding the keys to your future
Become a better writer, which will help you get better grades too
Never experience “writer’s block” again. Crucial for those terrified of writing 650 words about their biggest challenge or stuck with the “I’m not a writer” imposter syndrome, knowing that the whole college admissions process hinges on a spectacular application. Good news: you’ll know exactly what to write about and how to do it, even if you have no idea what you want to study and you’ve never experienced a challenge and you’re freaking out)
“Thank you!! I really appreciate all of your guidance and the time and care you invest in me! I’m SO HAPPY I was accepted by Vassar, Tufts, Wesleyan, Colby, and Occidental!”
-Karen W. , Tufts Class of 2024
Accepted with over $300,000 in scholarships
THE COLLEGE ESSAY BOOT CAMP CURRICULUM
The College Essay Boot Camp consists of eight 90-minute masterclasses, workbooks, sample essays, and guides that make up your core college essay writing training. Each class is designed to help you write words that wow admissions committees and help you convey your outstanding self to The Exhausted Admissions Reader quickly and effectively.
Here's what you'll be learning:
In order to write a great personal statement, you’ll need an idea. And because you’re going to be writing more than one essay, you’ll need a few to set you on path to writing success. Learn how to find dozens of topics for your personal statement and supplemental essays FAST.
If you’ve ever thought “I have nothing to write about” or “I’m not unique,” listen up: you do and you are and I’m here to help you.
Learn the 8 different types of college essay structures and how to apply each of the secret strategies, one-by-one, to YOUR ideas, transforming them from post-its in your brain to beauty on the page.
Learn why these two sections are game changers and the BIG MISTAKES that most students make which considerably diminish their chances of getting into amazing colleges.
Get the exact tools and strategies my students have used to write incredible supplemental essays. Use them to create outstanding essays for all of the colleges on your list, even if you have to write 40+ essays!
Learn how to write the most common college essay supplements to stand out. Use these strategies to repurpose content so that you don’t have to write 40+ essays from scratch.
Learn about the 14 Points of Comprehensive Review and how to use data and strategy to write compelling essays that dramatically increase your chances of getting into top colleges. Not applying to the UCs? No problem! The tools and strategies will help you write outstanding supplemental essays for other top colleges.
YES, you can write 4 incredible essays for some of the most competitive colleges on the planet. I’ll show you how to highlight what the UC admissions committee is looking for and leave the rest. Learn key brainstorming exercises you need to write the UC essays and stand out! Not applying to the UCs? No problem! The tools and strategies will help you write outstanding supplemental essays for other top colleges.
Enroll Now and You’ll Also Get These
ADVANCED BONUS TRAININGS
The COVID-19 Essay Question Masterclass
How to write the *optional* COVID-19 essay question
Live Office Hours: Get ALL of your questions answered by me!
90 minute live, exclusive Q&A session.
Live Editing Session: Get my feedback on your essays!
90 minute live editing session.
Here's what you get when you join
The College Essay Boot Camp:
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO WRITE OUTSTANDING COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAYS?
The College Essay Boot Camp starts on Saturday, August 15th. Class 1 will be released at 12 PM PDT and the remaining classes will be released on Saturdays and Sundays from August 15th to September 13th.
This means that you can get through the entire College Essay Boot Camp in less than one month!!
By the end of Class 3, you’ll have a winning topic for your personal statement, incredible outline, and an outstanding first draft!
By the end of class 5 you’ll have dozens of ideas for your supplemental essays AND you’ll know the crucial mistakes that most students make which significantly decrease their chances of getting into top colleges and how you can avoid them!
YOU CAN DO THE COURSE FROM HOME, FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, AND ON YOUR SCHEDULE.
The masterclasses, workbooks, templates, and guides are accessible online through your class portal.
You have access to the entire course through the end of year and can go back and rewatch classes as many times as you want!
“I honestly didn't think The College Essay Boot Camp was worth investing in. I’m a strong writer and didn’t think I needed too much help.
I gained access to worksheets, ideas and organizing resources to guide me throughout the college application process! I had no idea what I wanted to write for some of my supplemental essays but with the brainstorming exercises I was able to think of several ideas!
The live classes were the best, and I enjoyed being able to interact and talk with other students. The College Essay Boot Camp pushed me out of my comfort zone and expanded my college knowledge in general."
-Jayson Rodriguez, College Essay Boot Camp July 2020 Student
Is this course right for me?
✅ This course is a fantastic fit for you if:
You're graduating high school in 2021 and ready to learn how to get into your dream colleges.
You’re a big dreamer and excited about college.
You are smart and motivated and willing to work hard.
❌ This course isn't the best fit for you if:
You’re not willing to do the hard brain work it takes to improve your writing.
You are content with outdated/general advice from random blogs, posts, and YouTube videos.
You’re resistant to expert advice and strategy.
The immense amount of skills I gained from just this class can't be summed up easily, but I'd definitely like to note the unique brainstorming activities because those were really helpful in getting the process started, and helped me get in a mindset that I actually could accomplish great essays.
-Ashtyn Decoster, College Essay Boot Camp July 2020 Student
You have two choices here...
You can Do It Yourself:
You might think that this is the most cost effective option, but is that true? As someone who went through this process without the help of a private counselor and ended up in the wrong major at the wrong college with a lot of student loans, I can tell you:
You can join The College Essay Boot Camp
If you’re ready to write your way into your dream colleges, join The College Essay Boot Camp
✅ The Complete College Essay Boot Camp Masterclasses ($6,997 value)
✅ Brainstorming workbooks and outlining guides ($297 value)
✅ College list, essay tracker, and mapping system ($97 value)
✅ Real student sample essays with my breakdown and analysis of what works and why that will be yours throughout your college application journey! ($597 value)
Whatever you want to study in college, even if you aren’t quite sure yet, your writing is more important than ever. You owe it to yourself and to write as powerfully and persuasively as possible.
I’ve got your back.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
The College Essay Boot Camp comes with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
Apply what you learn and you’ll soon see -- there’s no limit to what you’ll be able to create.
You will get immediate access to pre-work materials so that you’re all ready for August 15th when The College Essay Boot Camp starts!
Class 1 will be released on Saturday, August 15th at 12 PM PDT and every Saturday and Sunday at 12 PM PDT through September 13th.
The August class starts on Saturday, August 15th at 12:00 PM PDT. Classes are every Saturday and Sunday at 12:00 PM PDT, but you have access to the entire program until December 31st!
Enrollment closes Tuesday, August 11th.
You have access to every class, workbooks, guide, and template until December 31st!
Enrollment opens for students on the waitlist on Saturday, August 1st and to the public on Wednesday, August 5th!
Yes! I work with students in over 30 different countries. The College Essay Boot Camp is designed for high school students graduating in 2021 applying to colleges and universities in the US regardless of where you are from.
Yes! If you register early, you’ll get the exclusive Office Hours and Live Editing Sessions! In these two live sessions, I’ll give you personalized feedback on your writing!
Consumer Testimonials. As with any teaching program, your results using The College Essay Boot Camp may vary from these student testimonials. Your results will be based on many variables, such as your level of effort, English proficiency, personal qualities, knowledge, skills, and a host of other factors. Since these factors differ for each individual, I cannot guarantee your success, results, or acceptance, nor am I responsible for your success or failure. The College Essay Boot Camp is not a “get into college scheme.” It takes time, effort, and dedication. I believe that I provide you a great toolbox to achieve your desired results, and these grads agree.