The “Overcoming an Obstacle” Essay: Really?

Essay Insider Webinar

College essays are partially about what you write, but they’re also about what NOT to write.

Take the “overcoming an obstacle” essay as an example.  This topic can prompt (pun intended) a writer to go in a number of directions, including:

-The time I was cut from soccer, but hired Burgess Meredith and Carl Weathers as coaches, worked out extra hard in the off-season, came back, made the team and scored the winning goal in the championship.


-I got a C in Chem and was so embarrassed.  So I hired Burgess Meredith and Carl Weathers as tutors, studied extra hard, aced all of my classes and now I have a 5.0 GPA.

Contrast these stories with those of applicants who grew up homeless, or missing a limb, or a severe, documented disability.

You should make this comparison because admissions officers will – they see all kinds of essays from all kinds of students with all kinds of backgrounds.

Now, to be clear, I am NOT saying that ALL essays about being cut or underperforming academically are bad.  I AM saying that you need to be extra careful if you decide to write about such topics.

One area to think about when you write is, “Who is my audience?”

Tonight, 7pm EST you can actually talk to your audience, Sarah Idzik, who served as an admissions officer at an elite midwestern liberal arts college for five years, during which time she reviewed approximately 1,000 applications per year, each application containing four-six essays.

Essay “Secrets” Webinar

After you enroll you’ll be taken to a thank you page with log-in details for tonight’s webinar, which starts at 7pm EST (and will be recorded).

We’re going to run through each of the 2019-2020 Common Application essay prompts so you can hear what an actual admissions officer wants out of them…and what to AVOID at all costs.

In other words, this class is based on real world, in-the-trenches experience, not theory, supposition or rumor.

Sarah’s perspective – having decided whether to admit or deny 1,000 students per year for five years – is a WEE bit different than your average English teacher or other ‘expert’ who has never been In The Room Where It Happens.

Don’t risk your child’s chances of admission on hunches, sign up for tonight’s webinar and discover the truth.


Please forward/share this unique opportunity with anyone you know who needs help with their college essays.

-Andy “Overcome This” Lockwood

P.S.  We’re charging a nominal fee for tonight’s essay class, because it’s a unique, valuable opportunity to hear EXACTLY what an admissions officer is hoping for, as opposed to half-baked opinions of parents or other “schmexperts.”  Plus, you can submit your question to Sarah ahead of time (up until 4pm EST) and get it answered live (recording available, too).

Here’s where to sign up for this unique class.  After you enroll, you’ll get a link with the webinar log-in details.  We start at 7pm EST!

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