Writing the Common Application and supplemental essays can be an intimidating and overwhelming process. But, odd as it may sound, it can also be fun. My first step is to insure the student feels they are in a supportive environment. We then talk about the student - their life experiences, aspirations, achievements, people who have inspired them, times of adversity, obstacles overcome. These discussions help to illuminate the student’s main interests, preferences and passions.
From there, we are ready to begin the application essay, a critical part of the admissions process. Through brainstorming, encouragement and editorial feedback, we work together to find and communicate the applicant’s voice. The final product is an essay that showcases the applicant’s strengths, talents, and individuality.