On the advice of several friends and colleagues, I’m expanding my business into a wider array of essay coaching. I’m now offering coaching on everything from the Thomas Jefferson High School admission test essays to scholarship essays to graduate schools essays and everything in between. Why? Because there’s a definite need and because I love it!
It’s great fun to get to know my students and help them find their authentic voices. One Washington and Lee High School mom, whose son is applying early, said that he left our session feeling “empowered.” Isn’t that the word that every coach and teacher wants to hear? I sure do, and that’s one of my primary goals: that my students walk out of our sessions knowing they have the skills, understanding, and talent to tackle writing in a new way.
My students are some of the best and brightest around, yet they have no clue how to write a strong personal essay. It’s completely different from writing DBQ’s or a five-paragraph essay or an Advanced Placement analysis. Many of their first drafts are formulaic snoozers that will be easily discarded by an overwrought admissions officer. I tell my students clearly that I’m not being mean, but honest. They need to take their writing to the next level, and it’s been tremendously satisfying to watch them do just that.