College Essay

Secrets of Writing a Winning College Essay: The LifeLaunchr Webinar

by | Mar 3, 2020

Why a Great Admissions Essay Matters

At virtually every selective U.S. university, the admissions essays students write are the keys to stand out from all the others with similar test scores and grades. Writing a great essay can help you win admissions to reach schools and even improve the probability of acceptance at target and likely colleges.

Writing a great college essay requires unlearning many of the lessons students have learned in high school. Most high school writing assignments have to be impersonal and unopinionated, focused on analysis rather than telling a personal story. But to gain admission to college, students need to write a personal, narrative essay rather than an analytical one.

LifeLaunchr coach Jane Hirschhorn’s webinar tells you what you need to know to write a great college application essay. For parents with rising juniors and seniors, as well as their teens, this webinar provides valuable information.

The webinar covers:

  • What college admissions officers are looking for in an essay.
  • Tips for finding stories in your life.
  • Techniques to help create drafts and revise them until they’re ready for submission.
  • Examples of good essays.

Jane also answered many questions about essay writing.

Recording Of the College Essay Webinar

About Jane Hirschhorn

Jane Hirschhorn has had many years of experience coaching students to write winning essays. Her students have been accepted at Yale, Rice, Dartmouth, Harvard, Brown, Washington University, Barnard College, the Universities of California, Texas, and Massachusetts, and many other top universities in the U.S. and Canada.

Getting Help With Your Essays

LifeLaunchr can help coach students with every step of the essay writing and editing process. Our coaches will help your teen brainstorm, draft, and revise their essays, allowing them to tell a story that is authentically in their voice and puts their applications in context for admissions officials. To get started, schedule a free consultation.


Here are the resources mentioned in the webinar:



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Venkates Swaminathan

Venkates Swaminathan

Venkates Swaminathan (Swami) is the founder and CEO of LifeLaunchr, the world's first virtual college admissions coaching platform, and a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Swami has been an executive in the education and technology industries for over 25 years. He has an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, and a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. He is the father of a child in college, and in his spare time, he is a jazz and Indian classical singer and pianist.

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