A complete college admissions essay writing package for your student that can be completed in the comfort and privacy of your own home. 

As you've probably realized by now, the college application process is not what it was just 15 or 20 years ago.  What was once a relatively straightforward system has now become a labyrinth of paperwork, test scores, and essays.  Sadly, the process has simply become too overwhelming for many students and their families to navigate on their own. 

What more, each year college admissions becomes increasingly competitive. Students are under an unprecedented amount of pressure to have sky-high GPAs, perfect test scores, and a rigorous curriculum complete with demanding AP and honors classes, all while maintaining some sort of life outside of their academic studies.  

Julie Walthers Founder and Lead Editor

To make it worse, it feels like everyone else has it all figured out and is way more prepared for this next step. Other families have employed language tutors, enrolled their students in extensive test prep, hired a private college consultant, and have perhaps taken family vacations that have allowed for meaningful admission essay writing material.

In comparison, your child's two AP classes, a short stint on the basketball team, and weekend babysitting gig don't seem very impressive. Plus, English and writing have never been their strong suit.

If you're feeling a bit stuck and frustrated right now, you're not alone! 

On the one hand, you want to give your student the best possible chance of getting into their school of choice, but on the other hand, you don't want to overstep your boundaries. Plus, this is something that your student should be taking the lead on, after all, next year they'll have to be responsible for taking care of themselves, right? ​

​At this point in their academic career, there isn't much that can be done about grades, extracurricular activities, or test scores. If it's senior year, what's done is done. The only thing you have complete control over is the admissions essay (and eventually, the additional scholarship essays). Don't waste this opportunity to put a face to the application and to get those admissions officers excited about having your child on their college campus. 

Can one well-written essay be the ticket to a promising academic career? Possibly. ​Read on to see if this course would be a good option for you and your family. 


  • Students  who are having a difficult time identifying their strengths for a powerful admissions essay because they think they lack something special or unique about themselves. 
  • The "average" student who has respectable grades (3.0 - 3.8), a few extracurricular activities, and has taken a couple AP or honors classes, but hasn't excelled in any one area. 
  • Students who have not started their college application essays and need help unlocking the prompts and writing an effective essay that will help them stand out.
  • Parents who want to support their student during the application process,  but who don't know the best ways to approach the essay portion. 
  • Students who speak English as a second language, or who are applying to American universities from overseas. 
  • Students who do not need a comprehensive college consulting package, but who see the value of a professional critique and proofreading of their essay. 
  • Students who feel that they don't have strong writing skills and are overwhelmed with the prompt options.  
  • Students who want thorough feedback on a written admissions essay from a professional editor with years of experience working with college-bound students.
  • Students and families who are looking for an affordable and effective alternative to costly college consulting packages. 
  • Parents who want to give their student the best possible advantage during this very competitive process.
  • Students applying to competitive universities and need help differentiating themselves from other applicants.  

Who Will NOT Benefit From This Course? 

  • Students who are expecting someone else to write their essay
  • Students who are not willing to put in the work
  • Students who do not want honest and constructive feedback on their writing
  • Students with low GPAs and test scores and unrealistic expectations in regards to being accepted to competitive schools
ClarkCollege Admissions Essay Student

This was the first feedback I’ve received about my writing that included concrete improvements that I could make. I was both accepted to and received merit based scholarships from all of the schools I applied to with the essays that were reviewed."


As soon as you purchase the course, you'll immediately receive instructions on how to access and download all the course materials.

Here's what will be sent directly to your email: 

  • All lessons are in PowerPoint format, which can be easily viewed on any computer. 
  • PDF and Word documents of all worksheets, transcripts of the lectures, and notes.
  • Complete 45-page PDF booklet of the entire 5 Steps To Your Best College Admissions Essay course, which includes all the course material in one convenient document.
  • All students will have email access to me if they get stuck or just have general questions about the course. 

5 Steps To Your Best College Admissions Essay



Step #1 Getting To Know Yourself

  • In this lesson, you'll be asked to take a step back and thoroughly reflect on yourself, your life, and your academic and personal achievements. 
  • Assignment: This lesson includes an Intake Questionnaire to help you specify and identify potentially essay-worthy topics​.

Step #2 Getting To Know Your School

  • In this lesson, you're going to do some in-depth research on the college(s) that you're planning on applying to. 
  • You'll learn the significance of writing for your audience (in this case, the admissions officer reading your essay).
  • Assignment: This lesson includes a research questionnaire so that you have the option of using specific school details in your essay to prove to the admissions officer that you are a serious candidate.  *This assignment is particularly useful when completing the school-specific admissions and scholarship essay questions!

Step #3 Introduction To Marketing & Finding Your Unique Student Perspective (USP)

  • In this lesson, you're going to learn about a crucial differentiation strategy that successful marketers have been using forever to sell their products (even if they have competitors selling something nearly identical). 
  • You'll learn why it's important to differentiate yourself, and how to appropriately and effectively "sell" yourself through your essay.
  • You'll learn the key student characteristics that ​colleges want to see in their applicants. 
  • You'll find your own Unique Student Perspective (USP) and identify which key student characteristics you naturally demonstrate.
  • Assignment: This lesson includes a USP Identifier sheet to help you find that unique characteristic or event to write about in your essay.  

Step #4 Brainstorming & Drafting Strategies 

  • In this lesson, you'll learn about different pre-writing and drafting options for writing your essay. 
  • I'll show you digital, low-tech, and traditional brainstorming techniques to get your thoughts out of your head and organized. Traditional outlines, mind mapping, and stream of conscious techniques are reviewed. 
  • I'll teach you how to approach the pre-writing process step-by-step so that writing your essay isn't overwhelming. 
  • Assignment: In this lesson, you'll commit to a prompt, understand your USP, and identify which key student characteristics you'll be using in your essay. You'll then apply all of these components to your brainstorming and drafting. 

Step #5 Writing Your Common App Essay & Important Advice 

  • In this lesson, you'll get 10 important tips for writing your essay. You won't want to miss out on these!
  • Each Common App prompt is discussed in detail. You'll learn how to best approach each prompt, as well as some things to avoid. ​
  • Assignment: WRITE! 

Final Essay Review, Critique Checklist, and Social Media Check-Up

  • It's time to proofread your essay! In this lesson, you'll prepare your essay to be sent to me (if you purchased the 1-on-1 or Complete Instruction options), or you'll download my exact proofreading checklist and review your essay on your own. 
  • Don't forget to review your social media! I've also included a Social Media Check-Up document to help you make sure that all your profiles are appropriate and college-ready.  If you bought the Complete package, I'll personally do a social media audit of your online accounts. 
  • Assignment #1: Proofread and email your final essay to me for a professional critique.
  • Assignment #2: Check up on your social media. 


How much is that acceptance letter worth to you?

A complete college consulting package can run thousands of dollars, but not taking any action could cost you admission.  Making the decision to work with me to compose your essay is a smart and cost-effective way to give yourself an edge in this competitive process. I've created a few different course options to best fit your needs. 

5 Steps Course Digital Download 

A wonderful option for the motivated and independent student who needs some guidance, inspiration, and structure to work on their essay. 

  • Immediate access to the complete digital course
  • Downloadable PDF booklet of the entire course for easy reference of all materials
  • Unlimited email access for questions
  • Access to the same questionnaires and worksheets that I use with my 1-on-1 clients
  • Downloadable College Essay Critique and Proofreading  Checklist (The same one that I'll be using!)
  • Social Media Clean-Up Checklist
  • High quality PDF transcripts of all lessons
  • No final review of completed essay


*All payments are securely handled with PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use your credit card.*

5 Steps Course Digital Download & 1-on-1 Review

Great for students who are motivated to complete the course on their own, but would like a professional to review and critique their essay before submission. 

  • Immediate access to the complete  digital course
  • Downloadable PDF booklet of the entire course for easy reference of all materials
  • Unlimited email access for questions
  • Access to the same questionnaires and worksheets that I use with my 1-on-1 clients
  • Downloadable College Essay Critique and Proofreading Checklist (The same one that I'll be using!)
  • Social Media Clean-Up Checklist
  • High quality PDF transcripts of all lessons 
  • Final review and critique of 1 college admissions essay and 1 scholarship essay


*All payments are securely handled with PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use your credit card.*

Complete 1-on-1 Instruction 

Perfect for the student who likes to know that they are on the right track after each lesson, who needs consistent feedback on their ideas, and who could use extra help with their writing. 

  • Immediate access to the complete digital course​
  • Downloadable PDF booklet of the entire course for easy reference of all materials
  • Unlimited email and phone access for questions
  • Access to all questionnaires and worksheets 
  • Downloadable College Essay Critique and Proofreading Checklist
  • High quality PDF transcripts of all lessons
  • Social Media Clean-Up Checklist and personal audit
  • 1 hour initial consultation via phone, Skype, or in-person
  • Brainstorming session
  • Review and critique of in-progress essay drafts
  • Final review and critique of unlimited college admissions and scholarship essays 


*All payments are securely handled with PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use your credit card.*


My promise is simple: If you're not happy with the course,  I'll refund your money.  No hard feelings.  I will want to ask you a few questions, though, just in case there's something that I can change and make better for other students. 

*Please note that in no way do I guarantee that students enrolled for this course will be accepted to college. The ultimate admission decision of a candidate is contingent upon many factors, of which the admissions essay is but one.  Please read the entire disclaimer before committing to this course. 

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Thank you for taking the time to consider my 5 Steps To Your Best College Admissions Essay course. I've worked hard to create something that I know will be beneficial to you as a future college student.

If you have any questions at all about this course and whether or not it is right for you, please email me directly at: jgwalthers@ghosteditorial.com.  I'll be happy to talk with you or your family about how I can help you to write a solid admissions essay. 

I wish you the best of luck in your college search, and I'm looking forward to hearing from you.