Essay Coach Talks Best Practices For College Applications

Rob Hart
March 15, 2019 - 11:19 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- People who help prospective college students through the application process are speaking out about the college admissions scandal.

Brenda Bernstein is an "essay coach."  She helps high school students craft essays that will catch the attention of college admissions officers.  She's quick to point out that she helps the students refine ideas that can fit into the essay format, but the students do the actual writing.

"There are so many resources that are perfectly legal," Bernstein said.

Her advice to high school students is to tell the truth on their application essays.

"I work with some students who want to tell even small lies. Even lies about the lessons they learned when their parents got divorced, or lies about how they grew."

Bernstein said parents have asked her to write a college application essay for their child. It's an offer she has refused.

"They're being graded on their own capabilities and writing. If someone else writes it, in my opinion, that's not okay.  It's not acceptable," she said.

She said the college application process has grown even more stressful and competitive in recent years.