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Writing YOUR College Essays – My Free Talk

admission imageI’m happy to announce that my FREE annual talk on how to writing your college essays will be on Sunday, May 22nd at 7:30 pm at Arlington Central Library in the auditorium. I will be covering how the personal essays fit into your whole application, what admission officers say they want in these essays, and how to make your essays stronger. I’ll also share some examples of great essay hooks to inspire you!

My talk is designed for high school juniors, but parents are also welcome to attend. Please arrive early to get a seat. I look forward to seeing you!

Why Multitasking Is Detrimental to Your Brain and Prospects

As a working writer, I know that I produce my best work when I have uninterrupted stretches of time. Writing well requires intense focus and a clear head. Like everyone else I sometimes fall prey to the lure of social media, but this article reaffirms the need to mono-task, not multi-task.

Most teens swear by multitasking, but don’t listen to them. In every essay coaching session I do, I get on my soap box about the dangers of multitasking, because it’s nearly impossible to write well unless you are mono-tasking. I strongly advise all my students to dive into their work without any distractions for 45 minutes each hour and then take a 15 minute “tech” break to catch up on social media, get a snack, or just walk around. At least experiment with this and see how much more effective you are, I tell them. Several students have told me they’re “amazed” by how much more efficient they are when they do their work without any distractions.

This is a great article to share with teens, because the evidence is clear. Multitasking isn’t good for your brain, your grades, or your future employment.

 

Booking Up

Thanks to the 114 parents and students who attend my free talk on Writing Your College Essay on May 31st! It was standing room only. I shared lots of tips and insights about what colleges are looking for in the essay and how a personal essay works.

My June and early July dates are booking up, so contact me soon if you want to get a jump on writing the essay. Remember: I don’t just edit the essay. I teach my students how to write more vividly and effectively. My students go to college with a new set of skills and greater confidence in their writing. Many tell me that their college essay is “the best thing I’ve ever written.” And that makes me very, very happy.

Mark Your Calendar! Free College Essay Talk

I will give my annual free talk on “How to Write Your College Essay” on Sunday, May 31st, at 7 pm in the auditorium of the Arlington County Central Library. This one-hour talk will give an overview of how college essays fit into the application process and include suggestions on how to write your best personal essay. There will be time for questions at the end.

Hope to see you there!