Since 2013, Neal Adolph Akatsuka (@Gradesaver_Neal) has helped hundreds of high school students craft and refine their college application essays in his role as a senior editor at GradeSaver. GradeSaver was founded in April 1999 by two Harvard undergraduates who spent most of their college years editing each other’s essays. They soon realized that students all around the world would benefit from having someone edit, revise and offer suggestions on their essays. As the company grew, they recruited Harvard students and alumni as editors.
For a short time, Neal is available to answer your most pressing questions about college application essays.
- Can’t decide what to write about?
- Not sure how to talk about yourself?
- Wondering if your angle is clichéd or your first line is catchy?
- Struggling to write the “why this college” essay for your safety schools?
Check out GradeSaver’s recent article on how to write a college essay Then, ask Neal anything that’s on your mind about college essays.
GIVEAWAY: The first 50 people to ask a question will get a free pdf including six successful college application essays with commentary by the Gradesaver editors.
Neal Adolph Akatsuka earned his BA in Anthropology with a minor in American Studies and certificate in Japanese from the University of Hawai’i. He later graduated with his AM in Social Anthropology and ALM in Digital Media Design from Harvard University. Previously, he served as a teaching fellow, senior tutor, and graduate admissions associate at Harvard, and contributing editor for the Society of Cultural Anthropology. His writing has been published in Straight A’s: Asian American College Students in Their Own Words; Lambda Alpha Journal; Food and Power in Hawai’i: Visions of Food Democracy, among other journals.
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