Posts tagged with "common application"

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.

De-Stress with My Free College Essays Talk!

admission imageMy annual free talk on How to Write YOUR College Essays will be on 5/22 at 7:30 pm at Arlington Central Library in Arlington, Virginia. Last year I had 114 people come, so please come early if you want a seat! My talk is ideal for rising juniors and their parents, and you’re guaranteed to leave less stressed and more excited about the process.

I will cover what college admission officers are looking for in the essays and how the essays fit into your overall application. I’ll also stress the importance of hooks in any personal essay and share tips on how to make your essay shine. We’ll unpack several examples of strong hooks from both my students and essays shared by colleges or new organizations.

Hope to see you there!

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!

Common App Glitches

admission imageLike the rollout of so many new or revised products, the latest version of the Common App has experienced lots of glitches.  (See this recent article in The Washington Post for an update.)  All of this is occurring with the early application deadline of November 1st looming.  While a very few schools have extended their early deadline, it’s best to be prepared.

I just sent an email reminding all the students I coach to send their early applications in a few days before the November deadline to avoid tears and hair pulling. Chances are that the Common App system will be overloaded on 11/1, so it’s best to be prepared.

As they say, the best defense is a good offense.