Posts tagged with "Common App Essay"

My Annual FREE College Essay Talk

Are you intimidated by college admission essays? Have writers’ block already?

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be giving my annual free talk on “How to Write Your College Essays” on Sunday, June 3rd, from 7:30 to 9 pm at Arlington Central Library, 1015 Quincy St, Arlington, in their main auditorium. High school juniors and their parents are welcome to come to learn more about the essay process and what colleges expect in both the main and supplemental essays.

In addition, I’ll touch on how the essays fit into the college admissions picture and why students need to reflect deeply before they write. I’ll also share some examples of strong hooks and explore what makes them strong. You can also find out more about my own coaching methodology and philosophy at Expert Essay Coaching, LLC, if you’re interested.

Usually, close to 100 people attend my talk, so come early if you want a seat. I hope to see you there!

Recent articles: Mini-escapes and a guide to the many charms of Annapolis

Oops! I was so busy wrapping up the 2017 college essay coaching season and working on my novel that I forgot to post some of my recent articles. Yes, I am a writing coach who writes and publishes regularly!

If you’re interested in hiring me for the 2018 college essay coaching season (which usually begins mid-June), please email me as soon as possible. My full package spots are filling up fast!

In the meantime, enjoy my travel articles. I’ve been focused on the mid-Atlantic region for years, but I’m hoping to expand my wanderings now that I’m an empty nester myself.

Looking for a mini-escape in the DC area? Read this.

Unfamiliar with the fascinating and fun city of Annapolis? Read this.

And if you’ve read something wonderful or visited somewhere fun, please let me know about that, too. I’m always open to ideas. Happy reading!

The College App Process: A Common Sense Approach

I’m thrilled to share my recent article on the college application process that made the cover of Arlington Magazine! I interviewed lots of great experts — college counselors, college essay coaches, admissions officers, and students who have recently completed the process.

My aim was to reduce the amount of stress and anxiety families feel and help them to navigate the process successfully, realistically, and wisely. Please forward the article to any friends and families who are going through or will go through this challenging time. Much appreciated!

My Annual Free Talk on Writing YOUR College Essay!

Stressed out about college essays? Not sure what to write about or how best to do it?

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll give my annual, one-hour talk on how to write YOUR college essay on May 21st at 7 p.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, VA. All are welcome, but high school juniors and their parents will find it most helpful.

And, yes, it’s absolutely free! Giving this talk is my way of sharing my writing know-how with my cherished community. Most high schools don’t include any instruction on writing personal essays, so many students feel ill-equipped to handle these probing essay questions that demand introspection and story-telling skills. During my talk, I’ll share writing tools you can use to capture that admission officer’s attention and make yourself memorable. I’ll pay special attention to hooks and share some powerful examples from some of my former students’ essays.

I’ve guided hundreds of local students and three of my own children through the essay process and can help you, too! Wherever you are in the college application process, you’ll find my talk tremendously helpful and calming. And, if you decide you’d like more time with me, I still have openings for essay coaching in the 2017-18 season. (I did have to turn students away last year, so please let me know shortly after my talk if you’re interested.)

Yes, most admissions officers truly want to connect to you. Help them by sharing your best insights about yourself in the strongest words possible. Hope to see you in my audience on May 21st!

And please come early — it’s been standing room only the last few years.

Read On… and On and On

BoWbookpileThis particular article in Arlington Magazine is near to my heart. I’m a huge reader and think the world would be a kinder, calmer place if everyone read more. And research shows that regular readers live longer, are less stressed, and earn more money than those who rarely read. Wow! (Read my article below for the details. Here’s the link to the research on living longer, which came out after my article went to press.)

In addition, instilling a habit of reading into your children is THE BEST way to prepare them for the testing culture of SATs, ACTs, SAT II’s, and many Advanced Placement tests.

So how do you encourage your child to become a reader? Read on, dear reader.