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This is a beautiful episode with Ethan Sawyer, a nationally recognized college essay expert. Ethan is able to articulate things that are often hard to put into words. It makes sense he would be an expert at helping students to do just that.

People come to the Hoffman Process for many different reasons. Ethan didn’t have a thing he was particularly struggling with and didn’t feel particularly blocked. He came because he “was ready.” Ethan was really excited to dig deep into himself. He came wanting to learn about himself and as he shares, he “certainly did.” As he tells Sharon, Ethan finds the students he works with also often wish to dig deeper into the question of who they really are.

At the time of the Process, Ethan and his wife had a new six-month-old baby. Ethan shares that he had been making his living as more of an artist in the past, but had just begun his new journey of entrepreneurship. As you listen to Ethan, you’ll hear how the artist in him is a big part of his successful company. As is true with so many of our guests, Ethan’s story shows how the thread of one’s Spiritual Self runs through our lives in ways we can often only see in hindsight.


Ethan Sawyer is the author of the Amazon bestsellers College Essay Essentials and College Admission Essentials. Each year he and his team reach more than one million students and counselors through the College Essay Guy blog, online pay-what-you-can courses, workshops, books, and one-on-one work.

When you peruse The College Essay Guy website, you find resources (many free) for students, parents, and counselors. Much of what Ethan and his team offer are on a pay-what-you-can basis. As he explains to Sharon, a goal of his work is to not only make a living but to also expand his reach so that more students (and parents) get the help they need during such an important right of passage in their lives.

Raised in Spain, Ecuador, and Colombia, Ethan has studied at seventeen different schools and has worked as a teacher, curriculum writer, voice actor, community organizer, and truck driver. A graduate of Northwestern University, Ethan holds an MFA from UC Irvine and lives in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife and their amazing daughter.


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