Countless parents and students have asked me to read their writing or help a student to begin the writing process. My purpose in creating College Essay Coach is to develop and share a structural framework to assist in writing the college essay. The goal is for the student to feel accomplishment with each step taken. Within four weeks of one-on-one meetings and homework editing, the student will develop and write a personal and impactful essay that reflects their ideas, thought process and future interests. The college essay writing process will help the student with the SAT writing section and future college writing assignments.
The four week process includes weekly two-hour meetings at the student’s home or at my office. For our first meeting, the student will bring a rough draft or an outline of their college essay. This will allow us to benchmark at each stage of the writing process how the student’s essay has progressed. Our discussions to evolve the writing process will include brainstorming, word exercises, and organization techniques.
Your college admissions essay is one of the most important parts of your college application. It’s a chance to introduce yourself to the admissions officer reviewing your file and to set yourself apart from the other students applying. By carefully brainstorming ideas, drafting, and editing your essay, you can write a college admissions essay to be proud of.
Along with the essay, most colleges rate "character and personal qualities" as extremely important in their admissions decisions. Your character shows up in three places on the application: the interview (if you have one), your involvement in , and your essay. Of the three, the essay is the most immediate and illuminating to the admissions folks as they read through thousands of applications. Remember, colleges aren’t looking solely for straight "A"s and high SAT scores.
Your college admissions applications will require cover letters and essays. It is never a good idea to recycle material on these. Make each essay and cover letter unique. Each of your applications should be individualized for the college or university to which it is intended.
The first step is to request an admission package from the list of colleges and universities to which you have decided to apply. With this information in hand you will be able to make a checklist of all required documents, letters and essays you will need to complete your application fully and on time. Take note of any and all deadlines associated which each of your applications. The only thing worse than an improperly made application is no application at all.
The college admissions process can be intimidating, but is also an exciting opportunity to showcase your talents, achievements, and perspective. From SAT and ACT scores to admissions essays, recommendation letters, and scholarships, this collection will help guide you to an acceptance letter.