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Your application essays matter a lot in 2023, especially if you're applying to selective schools. With EssaysThatWorked, any student can learn to write outstanding and authentic essays that can help their applications.


EssaysThatWorked is a platform for students to share their successful college application essays.

Writing outstanding essays doesn’t have to difficult as it is for many students. In fact, the best essays often come naturally. That’s because the best essays are written out of genuine passion and sincerity.

Getting into selective colleges is no longer about grades and test scores. I believe this...

For students without a "hook" (legacy, athlete, etc.), having outstanding essays is the best hook you can have.

Nowadays, admissions officers need more info from applicants to help them decide who to admit.

Gone are the days of just numbers and stats. Schools want to know who you are, what motivates you, and why you want to attend their school.

Your essays are the golden opportunity to demonstrate your individuality in a way that is not possible anywhere else in their application. Your essays are the most pure way to express yourself on your application.

Interested in showcasing your admitted essays? Consider sharing your essays to help future students learn from your success.

Our Story

After applying to colleges myself, I realized one of the most difficult yet important aspects was writing great application essays. I found writing my admissions essays to be tiresome, confusing, and full of stress.

In 2018, I created to help other students write better essays, more easily. Since then, I’ve had the honor of helping hundreds of students to craft essays they are proud of.

I believe that authenticity, sincerity, and unique insights are the keys to successful college application essays. If you’re interested in working with me, please contact me.

Ryan Chiang

Ryan Chiang

Founder, EssaysThatWorked

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