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Writing Personal Essays for College Apps

Excellent college essays can distinguish an application from the pack, but many high school seniors feel panicked by the prospect of writing about themselves.  This free, one-hour talk will explain what college admission officers are looking for in the essays and how you can write the best personal essays possible.

 

What?                            A FREE one-hour talk on personal essays

For Whom?                The Class of 2015 and their parents

When?                           Tuesday, April 29th at 7 p.m.

Where?                         Arlington Central Library auditorium

 

Amy Brecount White is an awarding-winning  teacher, writer, and professional essay coach.

~           Certified to teach secondary English in Virginia.

~           Years of experience teaching both AP and reluctant writers.

~           Eighty articles and essays have been in The Washington Post.

~           Regular contributor to Arlington magazine.

~           Forget-Her-Nots, my novel, was published by HarperCollins.

~           Graduated with High Honors from the University of Notre Dame.

~           Earned an M.A. in English from the University of Virginia.

~           Available for one-on-one and group essay coaching.  (See website.)

 

Contact Expert Essay Coaching to simplify the process! 

amybrecountwhite@gmail.com or www.amybrecountwhite.com.       

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.

 

College Essay Coaching in the News

From the new Common App essay questions to a novel based on the “frenzy” of applying, college essay coaching has been in the news lately.  I really like this article, “Confessions of a College Essay Coach,” by Elizabeth Benedict, which looks at some myths about essay coaches.  (No, we’re not going to write the essay for your kid.)

Most high schools seniors — even at some of our nation’s best schools — have little experience writing a personal essay.  They can write DBQ’s for AP history classes and literary analysis for AP English classes, but they don’t know how to tell their own story in vivid detail.  That’s where a good essay coach can step in and teach them how to bring their own experiences to life.

College admission officers also want to be assured that prospective students are reflective.  A good essay coach can nudge a writer to think more deeply about why, out of 18 years of life, he or she has chosen that one experience or place or failure to highlight. Usually, a student knows why it’s important but may need some help articulating it. In almost every coaching session, I tell one of my students, “Write that down! Just as you said it. That’s powerful.” Like all good coaches, an essay coach is something of a cheerleader.

According to an admission officer at Georgia Tech, only one in 20 college application essays are any good.  The rest are dull and predictable, like many of the first drafts I see from my students. Again, it’s not that the students can’t write well. It’s that they don’t really understand what a good essay looks like and how to get there.  (The Georgia Tech admissions officer was featured on the radio show, This American Life.)

In other news, I’m also looking forward to reading this new novel by Lacy Crawford,who’s billed as a college essay 16248259coach to the elite.  It’s getting strong reviews and should be fun reading!

Happy writing!

(Writing should be a happy experience. Truly.)