Write Outstanding College Applications

Without a perfect GPA, test scores,

or insane resume

MY STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED AT...

What if I told you that writing your college application essays is like writing in a whole new genre that you’ve never written in before?

You haven’t learned how to write like this in school because you’ve only learned about 5 paragraph essays. 

 

Your parents aren’t familiar with this style of writing….things have changed so much since they applied to college. 

 

You have to craft this thing in a way that sets you apart from the other 100,000 kids who are applying for 1,500 spots at top colleges. 

 

Your friend says they wrote theirs in 2 hours, but you’ve been watching YouTube videos and you know that’s impossible. 

 

You have to figure out how to brag effectively about your achievements and skills without coming off as arrogant. Not to mention, maybe you haven’t experienced a challenge in your life (SPOILER ALERT: it’s not about WHAT has happened to you...it’s about HOW you think about your life). 

 

It’s no wonder you’re freaked out about the college application essay process (because you’re smart). 

The good news is that learning to write this way is not only how you get INTO college -- it’s how you become UNSTOPPABLE throughout college and beyond.

Because you can apply these skills to anything - think English class assignments, resumés, cover letters. Learning how to present yourself to the world is a skill that’s more valuable than ever. 

 

Especially in a world where more and more exceptional, highly qualified students apply to top colleges (which makes it harder and harder to stand out, no matter your grades, how high your test scores, how amazing your extracurricular activities, or how many times you’ve rehearsed for interviews).

THIS IS WHY I HAVE CREATED...

A 10-week class, for creating clear, compelling, and persuasive personal statements and college applications  that get you out of the reject or “maybe” pile and into the Hell-Yeah-We-Want-This-Kid pile.

or, payment plan starting at $397

In this course you're learning...

  • How to make everything work together - the personal statement, dozens of supplemental essays, the Activities List, Honors & Awards, Additional Information, and the COVID-19 essay question so you aren’t purchasing one course at a time that doesn’t address entire application process -- The College Essay Boot Camp is the only class you need to apply to college. 
  • How to dig deep, uncover your true passions, and write about them instead of defaulting to some cheesy, boring story with an expected conclusion. 

  • How to never experience “writer’s block” again. So you aren’t terrified of writing 650 words about your 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. In this course, you’ll learn exactly what to write about and how to do it, even if you have no idea what you want to study, you’ve never experienced a “hardship” and you’re nervous about getting in. 

The Boot Camp Includes..

  1. Eight masterclasses that teach you everything you need to know about the college application process. $8,077 value

  2. TWO Live Editing sessions with me to get feedback on your essays, so you have eyes on your work and aren’t doing this alone. $997 value

  3. Brainstorming workbooks and outlining guides to help you generate ideas and make connections you’ve never made before. $497 value

  4. Access to my entire (color coded) educational organization system to help you keep track of your college list, essay prompts, and financial aid (just to name a few) $97 value

  5. Real student sample essays with my breakdown and analysis of what works and why that will be yours throughout your college application journey! $997 value

Here’s a breakdown of the masterclasses

How to Generate Dozens of College Essay Ideas in 60 minutes or Less! (Wednesday, July 14th)

The surefire formula for starting your essay with a bang every time--instead of staring at the screen wanting to Netflix and Hide under the covers, hoping a brilliant idea and structure just sorta...appear and the essay writes itself. 

How to Pick a Topic and The Eight Types of College Essays 

(Wednesday, July 21st)

The FIVE ways to write A College Essay that Wows Admissions Committees, one that separates a standard essay from a getting-into-college, raving-fan-creating piece of paper. 

I guarantee you won’t learn these in English class--and certainly not taught this way--but if you have these FIVE structures, NOTHING ELSE MATTERS.

 

Outlining and Editing Your Personal Statement 

(Wednesday, July 28th)

The extremely essential key to keeping The Exhausted Admissions Reader moving her eyes down the page. (So she adores you and is actually compelled to move you to the “Yes!” pile). 

And of course we’ll talk about a few more words and phrases that everybody includes in their essays that will considerably diminish your chances of getting in.

 

LIVE Editing Workshop led by Cathleen

(Wednesday, August 4th)

In our live feedback sessions, we’ll 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.

 

Ultimately, I’ll teach you how you can best describe your experiences and aspirations for maximum success, no matter what you’ve done or achieved or what colleges you’re applying to. (Even if you’re like “I’m all Ivy, all the way”). 

The Activities List and Additional Information Masterclass

(with live feedback)

(Wednesday, August 11th)

10 powerful strategies to transform your Activities List from blah to wow!

Why most students skip over these sections and how that totally backfires. (These sections are really important and there’s a right way to write them.)

3 do’s and don'ts for articulating your accomplishments.

 

How to feel confident without bragging. 

 

How to Write the Most Common College Essay Supplement Part 1: The Why Us Essay

(Wednesday, August 18th)

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!

2 powerful exercises that’ll give you loads of content to use for all of your supplemental essays.

 

 

Why most students mess up the supplemental essays and how you can wow admissions committees with your content.

Why the supplements matter even more than the personal statement. (And how you can write great essays in less time.)

 

How to Write The Most Common College Essay Supplement Part 2: The Extracurricular Essay

(Wednesday, August 25th)

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. 

 

In this class, you’ll learn...

1 simple strategy to transform your extracurricular essays from cliche to amazing.

A definitive and life-changing answer to the question: “But what if I haven’t done anything unique?”

The art of the Super Essay and how you can write less content with more impact.

Quick brainstorming methods that help you think creatively and a worksheet that you can use over and over again. 

 

The UC Personal Insight Questions Masterclasses

(Wednesday, September 1st)

The UC Personal Insight Questions Masterclass

 

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. 

 

In this class, you’ll learn…

Which 4 questions out of the 8 to choose. (And why most students pick the wrong questions and how this decreases your chances). 

The surprising mistake that most students make that will move your essays to the “no” pile. (And how to avoid it). 

 

How to brainstorm ideas that sound like you and ensure you don’t repeat anything.

 

 

LIVE Editing Workshop led by Cathleen

(Wednesday, September 8th)

In our live feedback sessions, we’ll 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.

 

Ultimately, I’ll teach you how you can best describe your experiences and aspirations for maximum success, no matter what you’ve done or achieved or what colleges you’re applying to. (Even if you’re like “I’m all Ivy, all the way”). 

The internet is full of college application advice -- there’s tons of books, blogs, videos, and “experts” out there (and a lot of it is crappy).

 

The College Essay Boot Camp is your one stop, everything course, created by me, a UCLA certified college counselor who’s spent 30,000 hours studying college admission and has helped thousands of kids get into college. 

Cathleen McCaffery

College Counselor & Writing Coach

Meet your teacher!

I'm Cathleen!

Taught by me, Cathleen McCaffery, a UCLA certified college admissions strategist, published writer, USC alumni, and international speaker based in Los Angeles. 

 

I’ve helped thousands of students (and counting) in 30 countries discover their passion and get into the top colleges of their choice from Harvard to The University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, and dozens more. 

 

I work with smart, motivated, and driven high school students and families around the world to demystify the college admissions process and help them achieve their big, audacious goals through intentional education.

“Cathleen always gave great feedback and helped me formulate my essays. She was nice and funny to be around so I enjoyed our sessions, but was also hard at times because she wanted my college application essays to be great which I appreciated. Cathleen dug in deep and helped me uncover parts of myself that I would’ve never known could make for great college application essays. I couldn’t have gotten into UCSD for electrical engineering without your help! Thank you.”

-Aaditya R., UC San Diego Class of 2024

“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 Pomona, Vassar, Tufts, Wesleyan, Colby, and Occidental!”

-Kaitlyn W., Tufts Class of 2025

“I felt really comfortable and natural working with Cathleen on my college application essays. She always helped me improve my essays, and also taught me a ton of new tips and tricks I would have never thought of to make my application stronger. I have learned to work more efficiently, and Cathleen helped me find what I was passionate about and get into my dream school, Tufts! I wish we worked together earlier!”

-Manek Khedia, Tufts Class of 2025

MY STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED AT...

A 10-week class, for creating clear, compelling, and persuasive personal statements and college applications  that get you out of the reject or “maybe” pile and into the Hell-Yeah-We-Want-This-Kid pile.

or, payment plan starting at $397

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Still have questions?

 

Email me at cathleen@theedvisoryla.com and I’ll help you decide if it’s right for you!

or, payment plan starting at $397

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.

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