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Episode #130, Nived Ravikumar, The College Statement Guru Gives His Best Essay Tips

On episode 130, Alexis Avila talks writing tutor Nived Ravikumar, AKA the Statement Guru. Nived took a pretty unusual path to essay educator extraordinaire. Born and raised in Southern California, he became obsessed with movies at a young age. In high school, he became so preoccupied with writing screenplays that he went on to major in Film Studies from UCal Santa Barbara and obtain a Masters from Chapman University (M.F.A in Film Production). Today Nived uses his creative writing talents to help thousands of students all over the world learn to tell unique, engaging college admissions narratives. Nived’s admissions statement philosophy? Tell a great story! Involve readers! Get them to care! On today’s episode Nived will give you his best tips for writing amazing, unique college admissions essays.

Nived’s 4 tips for writing college essays: 1. Don’t cram everything in it. 2. Create a dynamic title to act as your anchor throughout 3. Do a force retype, instead of superficial edits 4. Focus on the “hero’s journey” so don’t be afraid to show your flaws and how you were able to persevere and learn from mistakes.

Nived’s no no’s for writing essays: Don’t be redundant and don’t play it so safe!

Nived’s advice for teens? It’s great to have an idea of your long term goals but don’t be afraid to change your mind while in college and explore other possibilities. Be adaptive!

For another related conversation, check out podcast Episode #72 with Elly Swartz: How to start, write, and revise the college admissions essay

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July 11th, 2016
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Three College Application Insider Tips

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Alexis Avila Founder/President of Prepped & Polished discusses his three college application insider tips.

Tip 1: Make the most out of your high school experience.
Tip 2: Don’t take the SAT more than three times.
Tip 3: If there is anything on your college application that may confuse admission officers, clarify this confusion in a separate note.

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Hi everyone. Alexis here; Founder of Prepped & Polished. Having a good
college application will help your chances getting into a college. Recently
spoke to several admission directors at some top colleges in the area and
came away with some really interesting info. Here are 3 college application
insider tips. Let’s get started.

Tip Number 1 is take full advantage of high school by taking lots of
extracurricular activities, volunteer experiences, and work experiences,
especially if you come from privilege. You want to show that you took full
advantage of the support you were given; otherwise, you’ll come across as
lazy and complacent. Colleges don’t like lazy and complacent students. Take
advantage of your opportunities.

Tip Number 2 is don’t take the SAT more than 3 times; colleges don’t like
that. In fact, they say that you should have spent your time more wisely in
other areas. Don’t take the SAT 6 times; volunteer somewhere.

Tip Number 3 is if there’s anything on your college application that may
cause confusion to admission officers, clarify that confusion in a separate
note on your application. For example, if you’re a straight-A student and
you got a D freshman year, explain the D.

Overall, you want college admission officers who are reading your college
application to come away with the impression that you’re a good human
being, that you’re going to contribute to society, and you’re going to take
full advantage of your college experience. I wish you good luck on your
college applications. I’ll talk to you soon.

Which of these three tips do you find most helpful? What are some other ways to strengthen a college application?

Post your tips/comments below.

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October 12th, 2010
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