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Your application essays matter a lot in 2022, especially for applying to selective top schools. With Essays That Worked, any student can learn to write outstanding and authentic essays that you’re proud of.

About Essays That Worked

Writing outstanding essays doesn’t have to be painful or difficult as it is for many students. In fact, the best essays often come naturally and in an enjoyable way. 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. For students without legacy, athletic recruitment, or other advantages, your best and only chance is by showing off who you are to the best of your ability.

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.

By the Numbers


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students would recommend to a friend

1 in 3

students got into their #1 school

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 Essays That Worked to help students write better essays, more easily. Since then, I’ve had the honor of working with dozens of students to craft essays they are proud of. Often, their hard work pays off and many students have been admitted into their ”dream“ schools.

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

Ryan Chiang

Ryan Chiang

Founder, Essays That Worked

Essays That Worked

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