College Essay Writing Made Simple

Nancy Brennan and Rita Padden
Nancy Brennan and Rita Padden

Nancy Brennan, MBA, MA, a college application coach and editor, held an interactive College Essay Writing Workshop at the Manhasset library recently before an enthusiastic audience of parents and students. 

Nancy Brennan
Nancy Brennan

Brennan is a longtime resident of Manhasset where she raised her family while pursuing a corporate career. For over fifteen years, she has been successfully coaching local and other tristate students through the rigorous college essay writing process.

“The essay is the window for viewing the student as a person,” Brennan says. “According to admissions officers at leading schools, the college essay does matter and can increase a student’s chances for admission at his or her colleges of choice. There are several types of essays, and in any one of them admissions officers want a glimpse of an applicant’s personality, values, interests and passions. They want to know what a student will bring to the classroom and campus life which will compel them to offer a prized seat at the college. Therefore, to make it count, a standout essay needs to be the most thoughtful and polished piece of writing a student has ever produced. At my workshop, I show what it takes to write an engaging essay and how to go about it.”

If you want additional information about Nancy Brennan and the college essay coaching services she provides, go to

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Elizabeth Johnson is former editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.


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