The 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!