Here are the audio and slides from a fantastic presentation on how to write the college application essay that Lan gave to high-achieving, low-income high school students at a major non-profit here in New York.

The seminar is geared toward freshman applicants (rising high school seniors), but there’s still a TON of extremely valuable information. Enjoy!

Download the audio of the seminar (.mp3 format, 17.5 mb, right-click to save)

Download the slides from the seminar (.pdf format, 384 kb)

Let us know what you think!



Check out some of the feedback she got after the talk!


You made us understand what colleges look for in an essay. I am now confident that I will be able to write a very good essay. This workshop was very helpful and really gave everybody hope.
Anonymous, The Hotchkiss School

I thought this presentation was extremely informative. I have learned many useful and important skills that will follow me for the rest of my life.
Dennis, Fryeburg Academy

You were great! Phenomenal. Couldn’t be any better.
Ashley, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School

The speaker was impressive. The given information could be useful for years to come. She was highly engaging and encouraging.
Saran, Saint Michael Academy