The Joy of “Getting All the Lovely Words Just Right”

Tomorrow I start coaching my first students of the 2014-15 College App season.  It may seem early, but I’m thrilled that they’re getting a head start and will have — at least — their 650-word, Common App essay completed before the hectic senior year starts.  Most of my students are so used to scripted writing with very specific expectations — think AP exams and DBQ’s — that they don’t realize they can have fun with their college essays.

Writing your college essay should be a process filled with insight and the joy of “getting all the lovely words just right,” as dear old Professor Cronin used to say.  The essay can be a pause in the academic rush, a moment to take a breath and reflect on who you are and who you want to be.  All colleges want students who are capable of reflection and growth. All colleges want students who can identify and share the moments that define them.

It is an honor to coach my students to express such true and lovely words.

Interested in pursuing a STEM career?

The blog, Collegewise ,which is written by professional college consultants, can be a great source of information and sanity for students approaching college and their parents. I haven’t read the whole guide (here) — my kids haven’t leaned toward STEM careers so far — but it looks very thorough and helpful.

Also, I will be coaching rising seniors over the summer on their college essays. Getting the largest one — the 650 word Common App essay — done over the summer is a fabulous idea and will significantly reduce your first semester stress.  Email me or send me a message to find out more or reserve a date.  I promise it won’t hurt.

Happy writing!

Details on My Free Talk

Writing Personal Essays for College Apps

Excellent college essays can distinguish an application from the pack, but many high school seniors feel panicked by the prospect of writing about themselves.  This free, one-hour talk will explain what college admission officers are looking for in the essays and how you can write the best personal essays possible.

 

What?                            A FREE one-hour talk on personal essays

For Whom?                The Class of 2015 and their parents

When?                           Tuesday, April 29th at 7 p.m.

Where?                         Arlington Central Library auditorium

 

Amy Brecount White is an awarding-winning  teacher, writer, and professional essay coach.

~           Certified to teach secondary English in Virginia.

~           Years of experience teaching both AP and reluctant writers.

~           Eighty articles and essays have been in The Washington Post.

~           Regular contributor to Arlington magazine.

~           Forget-Her-Nots, my novel, was published by HarperCollins.

~           Graduated with High Honors from the University of Notre Dame.

~           Earned an M.A. in English from the University of Virginia.

~           Available for one-on-one and group essay coaching.  (See website.)

 

Contact Expert Essay Coaching to simplify the process! 

amybrecountwhite@gmail.com or www.amybrecountwhite.com.       

Summer Essay Coaching

red tulips istockThe earliest college applications aren’t due until this fall, but you can get started on your personal essay and get a jump on the process.  Most of the schools you apply to will accept the Common Application, and so you have the 2014-2015 essay questions in hand.  (They’re unchanged from last year, and you can find them here.)

It may only be April, but I’m already scheduling summer coaching sessions.  Remember that if you work with me, we meet face-to-face for about two hours, and then the rest of our sessions are online.  I’ll give you a questionnaire to complete that will help you to brainstorm for the essays, and there’s no need to write anything before we meet.  In fact, I don’t want you to write anything until after we meet.  Once we talk, you’ll have a much more complete picture of what college admission officers are expecting and what you want to write.

With tough classes ahead, more SAT/ACT testing, and college apps to complete, the first semester of your senior year is going to be intense.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have that personal essay written before the first day of school?

And, don’t forget, I’m giving a FREE presentation on “Writing the Personal Essay for College Apps” at 7 p.m. on April 29th in the auditorium of Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St, Arlington, 22201.  Hope to see you there!

Mark Your Calendar!

I will be giving a free talk on Writing the Personal Essay on Tuesday, April 29th at 7 pm at the Arlington Central Library in Arlington, VA.  Everyone interested in writing is welcome, but my remarks will be directed toward those writing essays for college or high school applications.

Hope to see you and please spread the word!